Hard-Rockers Powderfinger, Silverchair Win Australian Music Awards

ARIA nods also go to Natalie Imbruglia, Savage Garden and You Am I singer Tim Rogers.

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

Entertainment Center.

"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

Artist.

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).