The Star hosted the 30th annual ARIA Awards on Wednesday 23rd November. The red carpet event took place under indifferent rainy skies, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of Australian and international gold-class celebrities clustered under umbrellas.
Robbie Williams brought charm, wit and a vertigo-inducing jacket as an “over-seas guest” flag bearer. But his outfit was just barely upstaged by Swedish singer Tove Lo in a biologically informative dress.
Much acclaimed young artist Flume was amongst the stellar list of performers including The Veronicas, Violent Soho, Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy. Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning sang tributes to Crowded House before they also came on stage for a special performance and to receive induction into the Hall Of Fame.
John Farnham closed the show with a resounding rendition of the anthemic “You’re The Voice,” joined by everyone in the room.
Acceptance speeches were replete with politics of the day or odd references to bodily functions.
For all its quirkiness and odd bits, the awards ceremony still proved the range, quality, diversity and longevity of Australian talent in the music industry.

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