Australian indie rock trio You Am I are hot favorites to scoop the
pool at the 10th annual ARIA Awards, to be presented in Sydney on September 30.
The final five nominees for the major ARIA categories (Australia's answer to
the Grammy Awards) were announced at the Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney last week.
You Am I scored nine nominations including Best Australian Group, Best
Australian Album, Best Alternative Release and Best Independent Release. The
swag of nominations reflects the popularity of the band's third album,
Hourly, Daily, which created Australian history in July by becoming the
first independently released album to debut at No. 1 on both the ARIA and
Australian Music Report charts. Hourly Daily, which is yet to be
released in the U. S., was the first album released through rooArt's new
distribution deal with independent Australian group Shock Records. You Am I's
previous albums for rooArt had been distributed by the multinational Warner
Music. You Am I also became the first Australian band to release two
consecutive No. 1 albums this decade, their previous album Hi Fi Way
also having topped the charts when released.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
are also up for a number of ARIA awards including Best Australian Album and
Best Alternative Release for the grisly Murder Ballads, plus Best
Australian Single, Best Australian Pop Release and Australian Song of the Year
for the duet with Kylie Minogue, "Where the Wild Roses Grow."
presenters at this year's ARIA Awards will be Harry Connick Jr. and Chris