Everything you need to know about the women at Wednesday's ARIA Awards

The Australian music industry will celebrate the success of our nation's contemporary music stars at Wednesday's 30th Annual ARIA Awards.

The Veronicas will be hosting this year's ARIA Awards. Pictured here at last year's awards (Image via ARIA.com.au

The Veronicas will be hosting this year's ARIA Awards. Pictured here at last year's awards (Image via ARIA.com.au

It has just been announced that pop sensations The Veronicas will be the industry's hosts for the night. Australia's popular twin songstresses said in a joint statement,

"We're thrilled to be hosting this year's ARIA Awards and we're honoured to have the opportunity to help bring thirty years of ARIAs to life. The ARIA Awards were a cornerstone of our childhood and played a huge a part in where we are today. Last year it was an honour to perform alongside Tina Arena and this year will be just as exciting as we worship at John Farnham's feet in front of the entire music industry, something we've dreamed about doing for the last thirty years."

Music Love will be on the David Jones Red Carpet and at the Awards covering all the women who are performing, presenting, winning, nominated or sashaying down the red carpet. Keep updated on Twitter and Instagram (@musicloveau) and Facebook. If you want a wee history lesson on all the women who have ever won an ARIA since its inception in 1987, take a walk down memory lane here and to remind yourself of the powerful speech Tina Arena gave at last year's awards, check that out here

Make sure you tune into the awards which will air from 7.30pm on Channel Ten, Wednesday 23 November. 

Women who have been nominated (whether as a solo artist or appearing in a group or on a song) for Wednesday night's awards are, in no particular order:

  • Sia
  • Tina Arena
  • Montaigne
  • Sarah Blasko
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Justine Clarke
  • The Wiggles featuring Emma Watkins
  • Sara Storer
  • Fanny Lumsden
  • Olympia
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Playschool, featuring many women
  • Vera Blue appears on Illy's nomination for his song Papercuts

Other Australian women in music appearing at the awards are:

PRESENTERS:

  • Katie Noonan
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Sheppard (our interview with Sheppard coming soon)
  • Washington

PERFORMERS:

  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Missy Higgins
  • The Veronicas
  • Missy Higgins
  • Vera Blue

And, DJ Havana Brown on the David Jones Red Carpet.

Here are all the women who have been nominated in each category this year. Please note the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards (Classical album, Producer of the Year, etc) were announced at a separate event six weeks ago. This list is just limited to the televised awards. 

TELSTRA ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Sia, This is Acting

BEST ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Sarah Blasko, Eternal Return

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Tina Arena, Eleven

BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT

Courtney Barnett, National Theatre Tour

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

No women nominees

BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM

Justine Clarke, Pyjama Jam

The Wiggles featuring Emma Watkins, Wiggle Town

Playschool, Famous Friends: Celebrating 50 Years of Play School, featuring many women 

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

Fanny Lumsden, Small Town, Big Shot (read our pre ARIA interview with Fanny here, and look out for our conversation on the new podcast series coming soon)

Sara Storer, Silos

BEST DANCE RELEASE

No women nominees

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Montaigne, Glorious Heights (read our interview with Montaigne here)

Sia, This is Acting

Delta Goodrem, Wings of the Wild

Jessica Mauboy, This Ain't Love

Sarah Blasko, Eternal Return

BEST GROUP

The Veronicas, In My Blood

BEST HARD ROCK, HEAVY METAL ALBUM

No women nominees

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Sia, This is Acting

BEST POP RELEASE

The Veronicas, In My Blood

Sia, This is Acting

Illy, featuring Vera Blue, Papercuts (Vera Blue will be performing at the awards)

BEST ROCK ALBUM

No women nominees

BEST URBAN ALBUM

No women nominees

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Montaigne, Glorious Heights (read our interview with Montaigne here)

Olympia, Self Talk (our interview with Olympia coming soon)

APPLE MUSIC SONG OF THE YEAR

The Veronicas, In My Blood

Sia, This is Acting

Illy, featuring Vera Blue, Papercuts (Vera Blue will be performing at the awards)

All of this year's nominees appear on Music Love's Women of the 30th Annual ARIA Awards Playlist

All of this year's nominees appear on Music Love's Women of the 30th Annual ARIA Awards Playlist