Pink and Kylie Minogue are among the nominees for the annual Australian Helpmann Awards.
Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and broadcast live on pay-TV channel Foxtel.
Pink and Minogue’s prominent presence on the nominations list stems from recent record-breaking ticket sales Down Under.
Pink sold 307,000 tickets for 35 shows of her “I’m Not Dead!” tour through Michael Coppel Presents earlier this year. It set a new record for the biggest arena tour Down Under by a female artist.
The previous record holder was Minogue, whose 2006 “Showgirl Homecoming” run shifted 215,000 tickets for promotion company Frontier Touring Company.
Pink’s tour is nominated in the best international contemporary concert category, where she will do battle with Robbie Williams’ “Close Encounters” (Chugg Entertainment), Lou Reed’s “Berlin” (Arts At St. Anne’s, Sydney Festival), plus a tour by Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Sydney Symphony.
Minogue is nominated in the best performance in Australian contemporary concert category, where she is up against Olivia Newton-John with the Sydney Symphony (promoted by Sydney Symphony), singer-songwriter Damien Leith and “Australian Idol” winner (Harbour Agency), and recording and stage singer David Campbell (Newtheatricals, Sydney Opera House, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions).
Leith and Campbell also are nominated in the best Australian contemporary concert category, alongside Frontier Touring’s multi-act retrofest Countdown Spectacular, and Australian indigenous-music showcase Murundak, which was presented by the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Arts House.
The iconic Big Day Out (Creative Festival Entertainment) is nominated for another year in the best contemporary music festival category.
Big Day Out will compete with Byron Bay-based East Coast Blues and Roots Festival (Chugg Entertainment), which this year drew its biggest audience of 80,000. Others nominated in the category are Adelaide’s 10-day world-music event Womadelaide (Womadelaide Inc), and the alt-rock showcase St. Jerome’s Laneway (Rock And Roll Circus, Chugg Entertainment).
To select the nominees, the Helpmann Awards Administration Committee selects panel chairmen, each of whom appoints panelists from the live-music industry, including members from the trade body Live Performance Australia, previous Helpmann winners, artists, media and executives.
The awards gala, which features 41 categories across opera, dance, theater and comedy, is produced by the LPA.