Aria awards 2016: Flume dominates with 11 nominations

Troye Sivan, Sia, Illy and the Avalanches win six nods each as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, RÜFÜS and Violent Soho pick up five

The Australian electronic producer Harley Streten, best known as Flume, has swept the nominations for the 2016 Aria awards, shortlisted for 11 categories in total – and already winning in three.

Flume’s second album, Skin, which he is touring through the US and Europe, won in all three artisan categories on Wednesday: best producer, engineer and cover art of the year. Appearing over video message, he also announced that he will be performing at the November ceremony, where he will be competing for the night’s top awards – including album of the year, best male artist, best dance release and the Apple Music song of the year – a new category voted for by Apple Music subscribers.

In 2013 the producer was nominated in seven categories for his debut self-titled record, and won in four. Speaking to Guardian Australia this year, Flume described the follow-up process as “incredibly stressful”.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to have my music at a certain quality, and that wasn’t a positive thing,” he said. “Skin was a totally different experience than the first record. It didn’t just come.”

The 2016 nominations were also dominated by YouTube star-turned-pop artist Troye Sivan, who was nominated for two artisan awards and will be competing with Flume in five categories on the night: artist of the year, male artist, pop release, Apple Music song of the year and best video.

Released last year, Sivan’s debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, was awarded five stars by the Guardian Australian music critic Everett True. “Sivan and his equally youthful co-writer-producer, Alex Hope, have such a natural flair for capturing the sound of now that in a year’s time he could well be sharing the stratosphere with Taylor Swift,” True wrote.

The pop artist Sia, the hip-hop artist Illy and the long-awaited return of the Avalanches have brought in six nominations apiece, with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, RÜFÜS and Violent Soho each nominated in five categories. Courtney Barnett, who was nominated for eight Arias in 2015 and won four, is up for two public-voted categories in 2016: best video for Elevator Operator, and best live act.

Awards announced at the nominations announcement also included best comedy album (Roy & HG, for This Sporting Life), best world music album (Melbourne Ska Orchestra for Sierra Kilo Alpha), best original soundtrack/cast/show album (Josh Pyke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Live at the Sydney Opera House), best jazz album (Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky for Provenance) and best classical album (Flight Facilities for Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra).

Crowded House will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony, which will be held on 23 November at the Star Casino in Sydney and broadcast on Channel Ten.


Steph Harmon

The GuardianTramp

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