You Am I Are Big, Real Big, In Australia

Awards, anyone?

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."

Special guest

presenters at this year's ARIA Awards will be Harry Connick Jr. and Chris