With seven nominations, Jet is the frontrunner heading into the Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) Awards, to be held Oct. 17 at the Sydney SuperDome.

With seven nominations, Jet is the frontrunner heading into the Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) Awards, to be held Oct. 17 at the Sydney SuperDome. The Melbourne-based EMI rock band is up for best group, single of the year for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" and album of the year for "Get Born," and is named in the categories for rock album, highest-selling album and breakthrough artist in both the single and album divisions.

Runners-up, with five mentions each, are John Butler Trio (Jarrah/MGM) and singer/songwriter Pete Murray (Sony).

The gala will be televised live on the Ten Network.

Also announced today (Sept. 16) were the winners of the artisan awards. Paul McKercher won in the producer and engineer categories for his work with Perth band Eskimo Joe's album "A Song Is a City" (FMR).

Graphic designer James Hackett took two awards for his work with EMI act the Dissociatives, which was formed by Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns and dance producer Paul Mac. Hackett won best video for the group's debut single, "Somewhere Down the Barrel," and best cover art for its self-titled album.

In other news, the Little River Band is the latest induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The act notched a string of top-10 albums and singles in the United States in the late '70s, and was the first Australia-based act to sell 1 million albums.

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