2021 ARIA Awards Nominees

Genesis Owusu
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

This year's nominations for the 2021 ARIA Awards are in.

Leading the way which six nominations each is eight-time ARIA Award winner Amy Shark and Ghanaian-Australian hip hop, funk artist Genesis Owusu (who released his debut album 'Smiling With No Teeth' earlier this year).

Both artists are in contention to win Best Artist with Amy also up for Song Of The Year and Genesis Owusu Album Of The Year.

With five nominations apiece are six artists: Budjerah (Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist), Masked Wolf (Best Artist), Midnight Oil (2006 ARIA Awards Hall of Fame inductees), The Avalanches (Best Group), Tones And I (Album Of The Year) and Vance Joy (Song Of The Year).

Acts to receive four nods are Ngaiire and The Kid LAROI, while Ball Park Music picked up three noms.

"Today, a huge congratulations are in order for every recording musician across Australia," Annabelle Herd, ARIA Chief Executive, says.

"After another immensely challenging year for creatives, it has been truly phenomenal to see such amazing, diverse and celebrated work continue to pour out from all over the country.

"In the face of such adversity, we can all be proud to say Australia's creative heart is still alive and beating."

Adds Natalie Waller, ARIA Chair: "On behalf of the ARIA Board, we are sending an enormous congratulations to all of the talented people who today received a nomination for the 2021 ARIA Awards, in partnership with YouTube Music.

"You are all the very core of the unique brilliance that is Australia's thriving music community. We are pleased to be honouring the strength and perseverance of our talented nominees from our homes this year."

2021 ARIA Awards will be streamed on YouTube and 9Now 24 November.

2021 ARIA Award Nominees

Album Of The Year

Amy Shark - Cry Forever
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
Midnight Oil - The Makarrata Project
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
Tones And I - Welcome to the Madhouse

Best Artist

Amy Shark - Cry Forever
Budjerah - Budjerah (EP)
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
Keith Urban - The Speed Of Now Part 1
Kylie Minogue - Disco
Masked Wolf - Astronaut In The Ocean
Ngaiire - 3
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber - Stay
Tones And I - Welcome to the Madhouse
Vance Joy - Missing Piece

Best Dance Release

Cosmo's Midnight - Yesteryear
Dom Dolla - Pump The Brakes
Jolyon Petch - Dreams
KLP & Stace Cadet - People Happy

Best Group

AC/DC - Power Up
Gang Of Youths - The Angel of 8th Ave.
Midnight Oil - The Makarrata Project
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist

Budjerah - Budjerah (EP)
Gretta Ray - Begin To Look Around
Masked Wolf - Astronaut In The Ocean
MAY-A -Don't Kiss Ur Friends
Ngaiire - 3

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark - Cry Forever
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber - Stay
Tones And I - Fly Away
Vance Joy - Missing Piece

Best Hip Hop Release

B Wise - jamie
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
Masked Wolf - Astronaut In The Ocean
Youngn Lipz - Area Baby

Best Soul/R&B Release

Budjerah - Budjerah (EP)
Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant
Ngaiire - 3
Tash Sultana - Terra Firma
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3

Best Independent Release

Archie Roach - The Songs Of Charcoal Lane
Ball Park Music - Ball Park Music
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - Crossover
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
Vance Joy - Missing Piece

Best Rock Album

AC/DC - Power Up
Ball Park Music - Ball Park Music
Holy Holy - Hello My Beautiful World
Middle Kids - Today We're The Greatest
Midnight Oil - The Makarrata Project

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Big Scary - Daisy
Crowded House - Dreamers Are Waiting
Kylie Minogue - Disco
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
Odette - Herald

Best Country Album

Brad Cox - My Mind's Projection
Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham - The Song Club
Shane Nicholson - Living In Colour
The Wolfe Brothers - Kids On Cassette
Troy Cassar-Daley - The World Today

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Alpha Wolf - A Quiet Place To Die
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound What Reality?
Tropical F... Storm - Deep States
Yours Truly - Self Care
A. Swayze & the Ghosts - Paid Salvation

Best Blues & Roots Album

Archie Roach - The Songs Of Charcoal Lane
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - Crossover
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald - Push The Blues Away
Martha Marlow - Medicine Man
Ziggy Alberts - Searching For Freedom

Best Children's Album

Amber Lawrence - The Kid's Gone Country 2
Bluey The Album - Bluey
Diver City - Dance Silly
The Wiggles - Lullabies With Love
Various Artists - The Moon, The Mouse & The Frog: Lullabies from Northern Australia


Best Video

24k - Tkay Maidza, Nicholas Muecke
Astronaut In The Ocean - Masked Wolf, Daniele Cernera
could cry just thinkin about you (Full Version) - Troye Sivan & Jesse Gohier-Fleet
Dance - Julia Stone, Jessie Hill
First Nation - Midnight Oil, Robert Hambling
Higher - Budjerah, Mick Soiza
Love Songs Ain't for Us - Amy Shark, James Chappell
Missing Piece - Vance Joy, Annelise Hickey
The Divine Chord - The Avalanches, Jonathan Zawada
Won't Sleep - Tones and I, Nick Kozakis, Liam Kelly

Best Australian Live Act

Amy Shark - Cry Forever Tour 2021
Ball Park Music - The Residency
Budjerah - Budjerah 2021 Aus Tour
Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth Album Tour
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Micro Tour
Lime Cordiale - Relapse Tour
Midnight Oil - Makarrata Live
The Avalanches - The Avalanches Live
The Teskey Brothers - The Teskey Brothers (Headline Shows + Festivals)
Thelma Plum - Homecoming Queen Tour

Song of the Year

Amy Shark Feat. Keith Urban - Love Songs Ain't For Us
Dean Lewis - Falling Up
Hooligan Hefs - Send It!
Keith Urban & P!nk - One Too Many
Masked Wolf - Astronaut In The Ocean
Sam Fischer & Demi Lovato - What Other People Say
Spacey Jane - Booster Seat
The Kid LAROI with Miley Cyrus - Without You
Tones and I - Fly Away
Vance Joy - Missing Piece

Most Popular International

Ariana Grande - Positions
Doja Cat - Planet Her
Justin Bieber - Justice
Kanye West - Donda
Luke Combs - What You See Ain't Always What You Get
Machine Gun Kelly - Tickets To My Downfall
Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts
Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
Taylor Swift - Evermore

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award

Aaron Silver - Wodonga Primary School, Regional VIC
Ashley Baxter - Pimlico State High School, Townsville QLD
Daniel Wilson - Star Struck, Newcastle NSW
Zoë Barry - Sacred Heart School, Melbourne VIC


Best Cover Art

Ngaiire Joseph & Dan Segal for Ngaiire - 3
Eben Ejdne for Odette - Herald
Kofi Ansah & Bailey Howard for Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
Jonathan Zawada for The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
Giulia Giannini McGauran & Mitchell Eaton for Tones and I - Welcome to the Madhouse

Engineer Of The Year

Chris Collins
Eric J Dubowsky
Konstantin Kersting
Matt Corby
Tony Espie

Producer Of The Year

Andrew Klippel, Dave Hammer
Konstantin Kersting
Matt Corby
Robert Chater


Best Classical Album

Christian Li - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Emily Sun & Andrea Lam - Nocturnes
Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire - Bower
Grigoryan Brothers - This is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia
Nat Bartsch - Hope

Best Jazz Album

Australian Art Orchestra, Reuben Lewis, Tariro Mavondo & Peter Knight - Closed Beginnings
Kristen Beradi, Sean Foran & Rafael Karlen - Haven
Mildlife - Automatic
Petra Haden & The Nick Haywood Quintet - Songs from my Father
Vazesh - The Sacred Key

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Angus & Julia Stone - Life Is Strange
Antony Partos - Rams (Original Motion Picture Score)
Caitlin Yeo, Maria Alfonsine, Damian de Boos-Smith - Wakefield Season One Official Soundtrack
Sia - Music Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
Yve Blake - Fangirls

Best World Music Album

Bob Weatherall & Halfway, with William Barton - Restless Dream
Bukhu - Bukhchuluun Ganburged - The Journey
Eishan Ensemble - Project Masnavi
Joseph Tawadros - Hope In An Empty City
Kuya James - ISA

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