Sarah Blasko's third album "As Day Follows Night” (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia) has won the Triple J Australian album of the year accolade.
The prestigious award caps a fortnight to remember for the singer. Just last week, Blasko claimed the ARIA Award for best female artist, edging out Jessica Mauboy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ladyhawke and Lisa Mitchell. (Billboard.biz, Nov. 27).
Australia's state-run radio network Triple J initiated the J Awards in 2005 to recognize outstanding home-grown talent. A panel led by Triple J's music director Richard Kingsmill judges the nominees.
Blasko was picked from a shortlist of 10 albums, which featured recordings from Hilltop Hoods, Bertie Blackman, Paul Dempsey and Lisa Mitchell, all of whom were nominated or won categories at last week’s ARIA Awards.
As previously reported by Billboard.biz, "As Day Follows Night" -- recorded over 10 days in Stockholm with producer Björn Ytlling of Peter, Björn and John -- will be released across Europe in March 2010 via Mike Batt's Dramatico Entertainment, through a licensing arrangement with Blasko's Australian label home, Dew Process.
Blasko's award was one of three handed out at the ceremony, which took place today (Nov. 4) in Sydney. Triple J's Australian video of the year gong went to Alex Roberts, director of Art vs Science's electro-rock hit "Parlez Vous Francais." The "Unearthed" artist of the year honor went to Middle East band from Townsville in North Queensland who beat out 21,000 entries to claim the prize.