The ARIAs are the night of nights in the Australian music industry, with artists, producers and music teachers acknowledged for their contributions and their latest releases, with a host of awards up for grabs. Hosted every year by the Australia Recording Industry Association – colloquially known as ARIA, and where the award gets its name from – it’s an award ceremony steeped in history, with the first ARIAs ceremony held back in 1987. But fast forward a few years, and where can you watch the ceremony? Find out how to watch the ARIA award ceremony in this Canstar Blue guide.
How to watch the ARIAs
The 2021 ARIAs will be livestreamed on both YouTube and free-to-air channel 9NOW, with additional footage and highlights available via the ARIA website.
Watch the ARIAs on YouTube
The 2021 ARIAs will be livestreamed on the ARIA YouTube channel, with interviews, performances and additional content also available.
Watch the ARIAs on 9NOW
Channel 9’s free on-demand counterpart 9Now will be livestreaming the 2021 ARIAs, with coverage starting from 6:30pm (AEST).
Watch the ARIAs on ARIA website
While not offering any live or full coverage, the ARIA website offers snippets and highlights from both the 2021 and past award ceremonies, allowing you to stay up to date with the best bits if you can’t watch the full ceremony.
When is the 2021 ARIA awards?
The 2021 ARIA award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 24, with coverage starting from 6:30pm (AEST).
Where are the 2021 ARIA awards being held?
The 2021 ARIAs will be held at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, NSW, with the livestream, award ceremony and live performances all expected to held at the Zoo.
What are the ARIAs?
The ARIAs are an annual award ceremony celebrating Australia’s music industry, highlighting artists and producers, as well as legends of the industry. Award categories include:
- Album of the Year
- Best Artist (A new category, and a combination of the previous Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist awards)
- Best Group
- Breakthrough Artist
- Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Best Blues & Roots Album
- Best Children’s Album
- Best Country Album
- Best Dance Release
- Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
- Best Hip Hop Release
- Best Independent Release
- Best Pop Release
- Best Rock Album
- Best Soul/R&B Release
- Song of the Year (publicly voted)
- Best Video (publicly voted)
- Best International Artist (publicly voted)
- Best Australian Live Act (publicly voted)
- Music Teacher of the Year (publicly voted)
- Best Classical Album (Fine Arts Award)
- Best Jazz Album (Fine Arts Award)
- Best World Music Album (Fine Arts Award)
- Best Original Soundtrack/Musical Theatre Cast Album (Fine Arts Award)
- Producer of the Year
- Engineer of the Year
- Best Cover Art
Awards and nominations are based on a number of judging criteria, and voted on by those in the music industry, or by the general public, depending on the award. All artists must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, with work to be previously unreleased, and released in the past year.
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