The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has handed out its four “fine arts” awards for best albums in the world music, jazz, classical and soundtrack genres.

The fine arts categories, spun off from the main ARIA awards five years ago, were presented at the City Recital Hall in Sydney today (Sept. 29) before a few hundred guests. In comparison, the ARIA awards on Oct. 19 is a televised affair and held at Acer Arena before 4,000 biz executives and members of the public.

Blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s “Gurrumul” (Skinnyfish Music/MGM) won best world music album. One of the crossover success stories of the year, the former member of indigenous Nineties hit band Yothu Yindi who lives in Elcho Island is up for three other ARIAs including best male performer.

Melbourne pianist Andrea Keller won her third ARIA gong when her “Footprints” (ABC Jazz) — a tribute to American composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter — took best jazz album. Keller was unable to attend as she is due to give birth to her second child in ten days.

Conductor and composer Richard Tognetti won his third ARIA for best classical album for “Bach Sonatas For Violin and Keyboard” (ABC Classics).

Winner of best soundtrack was comedian Chris Lilley’s 4-CD set of “Summer Heights High” (ABC Music), the cult mockumentary hit from ABC TV.

The ceremony was hosted by actor Jack Thompson.