With five trophies, Silverchair dominated the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, held Sunday at the Acer Stadium in Sydney.

The rock band claimed most of the major categories, including best group. Their latest set "Young Modern" (Eleven A Music Company/EMI) won best album and rock album. Earlier this year, the record debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA chart, making Silverchair the only domestic act to notch up five chart-topping albums.

Lead off track "Straight Lines" was named single of the year and highest-selling single of the year at the ARIA Awards.

"This is out of control," guitarist/singer Daniel Johns told the media. "Can we get a hallelujah?" Silverchair now has a tally of 19 ARIA wins, the highest of any domestic act.

Last night's five-card win capped-off a triumphant 12 months for the band, which followed a five-year hiatus. During the time away from the industry, Johns suffered depression and reactive arthritis, and the act lost its U.S. deal with Atlantic. Johns, bassist Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies splintered into solo projects. Speculation was that the band -- which formed in 1992 as 13-year olds - was finished.

This year, Silverchair's 33-date join-tour with Powderfinger reached an estimated 220,000 fans.

The 2007 awards saw acts on independent labels take 16 of the 20 categories. These included Missy Higgins (Eleven A Music Company/EMI), who won best female for the second time; ARIA first-timer singer songwriter Goyte (Samples'n' Seconds/Creative Vibes) as best male and Josh Pyke (Ivy League Records) for adult contemporary artist.

Sydney dance act Sneaky Sound System, who had six nominations, took best dance act and best breakthrough artist - album, for their self-titled platinum debut on Whack Records/MGM.

Another act which found a global following through digital avenues was Gold Coast teen act Operator Please, who won breakthrough artist - single for their debut "Just A Song About Ping Pong" (Virgin/Brill)

The John Butler Trio won best blues and roots album and best independent for its "Grand National" (Jarrah/MGM), and Sydney singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko the unlikely trophy of best pop release for her album "What The Sea Wants/ The Sea Will Have" (Dew Process/Universal).

Platinum hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods' "The Hard Road - Restrung" (Obese) won urban release.

Keith Urban dedicated his win in the country category for "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing" (Capitol/EMI) to his actress wife Nicole Kidman, who was in the audience saying, "She was the inspiration for it."

Urban later traded licks with the John Butler Trio on the blues act's "Funky Town". Among the highlights of live sets were Powderfinger performing with a gospel choir, an operatic-pop workout out by Kate Miller-Heidke, Goyte's compelling freeform jazz-Latin mix, and an enthusiastic set from Operator Please.

Other winners of the night were Damien Leith's "The Winner's Journey" (SonyBMG) for highest selling album; The Wiggles' "Pop Go The Wiggles" (ABC) for children's album; You Am I's " Who Are They, These Rock Stars? Live at the Mint" (Virgin/EMI) for best music DVD; and Dave Hughes (Liberation Music) for comedy release.

Nick Cave, while being inducted into the Hall of Fame, rewrote the rules by inducting two of his bands, The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds.

The ARIA awards were broadcast on a two-hour delay by the free to air Ten Network.

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