SYDNEY, Australia Rockers Silverchair took a whopping eight
nominations into the Australian Record Industry Association Awards on
Tuesday (Oct. 12), but it was Powderfinger, a hard-rock band from Brisbane,
who took home the most trophies.
Powderfinger's third album, Internationalist, was named Album of
the Year, and their single, "The Day You Come," was named Record of the
Year at Australia's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, held at the Sydney
"We've sort of run out of things to say," an apparently stunned Bernard
Fanning, singer for the 9-year-old group, said as he and his bandmates,
who also won awards for Best Rock Album and Best Cover Art, accepted one
of the honors. They said they were uncomfortable speaking without musical
instruments in their hands.
Silverchair, whose Neon Ballroom (1999) includes "Anthem for the
Year 2000" (RealAudio
excerpt), didn't go home empty-handed from the 13th ARIA Awards
ceremony. They beat out Powderfinger and three other bands for the
Australian Artist of the Year award from the cable music network Channel
V, and their producer/engineer, Nick Launay, won an engineering award
for his work with Silverchair and rock band Primary.
Pop singer Natalie Imbruglia, who won six awards in 1998, was given an
Outstanding Achievement award for selling more than 5 million copies of
her debut album, Left of the Middle (1998). Imbruglia, who presented
the Album of the Year award to Powderfinger, also was named Best Female
Other winners included singer Tim Rogers of the rock band You Am I for
Best Male Artist, Savage Garden for Best Pop Release ("The Animal Song,"
which is on their upcoming U.S. album Affirmation) and Dave Hole
for Best Blues and Roots Album (Under Your Spell).