The amazing women who won an ARIA Award last night

The 30th Annual ARIA Awards were held last night. Check out our gallery with incredible shots from Alex Carlyle here.

Emma Watkins of the Wiggles. Photo by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Emma Watkins of the Wiggles. Photo by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

THE WINNERS

This year the following women won ARIA Awards:

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Montaigne for her album Glorious Heights. "People over profit" was painted across Jess Cerro's chest as she spoke earnestly about the NSW's lock out laws strangling the arts. Read our interview with Montaigne here.

 

Best Adult Alternative Album

Sarah Blasko for her album Eternal Return. And rightly so. A national treasure. Very happy about this one

Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Best Country Album

Sara Storer for her incredible album Silos. A well deserved recipient and hard-working country star, Sara told the story of how she started songwriting while teaching in the Northern Territory.

Chatting with ABC icon Robbie Buck. Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Chatting with ABC icon Robbie Buck. Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Best Children's Album

The Wiggles for Wiggle Town. Featuring Emma Watkins who is one classically glamorous, warm and undeniably talented woman who lit up the room when she walked in with her fellow Australian icons. She's only been performing with the Wiggles for a short time but is already as equally iconic in her own right. 

Emma Watkins. Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Emma Watkins. Image by Alex Carlyle for Music Love Australia

Best Female Act

Sia for her album This is Acting. Accepting the award on behalf of Sia who has missed the past few ARIAs due to her overwhelming demand overseas was Marriage Equality Campaign ambassador Angie Greene  who said, “Outrageously Sia has asked me to accept this award on behalf of marriage equality."

For the full list of nominees, check this post out

 

THE PERFORMANCES

Jessica Mauboy singing Good Times

Jessica Mauboy can hold her own and hold an arena like a seasoned pro alongside her performing partner the formidable Jimmy Barnes. Nailed every note and her voice cut through the rocking band. Incredible

Missy Higgins singing Fall At Your Feet

Wowtown. Missy's voice has matured like a good wine. What a wonderfully nostalgic and heartwarming moment it was to witness this compelling tribute to ARIA Hall of Fame nominees Crowded House. The best performance of the night - well maybe apart from John Farnham.

The Veronicas singing In My Blood

Lisa and Jessica performed In My Blood in what was the most talked about performance. And *that* element overshadowed the rest of the performance, which was a shame and somewhat of a missed opportunity for the two talented songwriting sisters who have been such a long-standing pop act here and abroad. 

Vera Blue singing Papercuts with Illy

A Music Love favourite, Vera Blue gave it her everything in this stand out performance lighting up the stage more than the pyros!