Guy Sebastian will host this year’s ARIA Awards, due to take place Nov. 27 in Sydney.
Sebastian, the inaugural winner of Australian Idol back in 2003, has a strong connection with the ARIAs, the Australian record industry’s flagship awards gala. The Malaysia-born soulful pop singer has racked up 27 nominations over his career, winning four pointed trophies.
“I am so pumped and honored to be hosting the 2019 ARIA Awards,” he says in a statement announcing his big gig. “The Australian music industry is so diverse and I can’t wait to celebrate with you all as we unite to recognize and celebrate how much talent we have to offer the world.”
Since taking out Idol, Sebastian has been one of the most successful recording artists in these parts, shifting more than 7 million units worldwide, according to ARIA, with 61 platinum certification awards, including 11 for 2013 single “Battle Scars”, his Billboard Hot 100 hit collaboration with Lupe Fiasco.
The Sony Music Australia signing has more ARIA No. 1 singles (six) than any other male solo Australian artist, he has led the national albums chart with two titles and appeared as a coach and judge on both The X Factor and The Voice Australia.
In 2015, the 37-year-old singer became the first Australian to perform in the Eurovision Competition. with his entry “Tonight Again” finishing 5th overall. In January 2019, he was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his outstanding achievements and community service.
This year represents something of a comeback for Sebastian. His latest, platinum-certified song “Choir” peaked at No. 7 on the ARIA Singles Chart and became Sebastian’s first appearance in the top 10 since “Like A Drum” hit No. 4 in November 2013.
The full list of nominations for the 33rd annual ARIA Awards will be announced Oct. 10.
Keith Urban hosted last year’s ceremony.