Midnight Oil Inducted At ARIAs
Bono relayed a message through videotape, speaking of the Oils’ lack of compromise and willingness to speak out on a wide range of issues, including indigenous rights and environmental issues.
“Theirs was a nagging voice,” the U2 singer said before complimenting their “red earth rhythms under urban rhymes.”
Silverchair played a thundering version of Midnight Oils’ “I Don’t Want To Be The One” joined by a brass section. It climaxed with Sliverchair’s Daniel Johns throwing his guitar down on the stage and, while the rest of the band continued to play, he spray painted “PG For PM.” (Peter Garrett for Prime Minister).
Hilltop Hoods, the uncompromising hip-hop collective that won two awards for its crossover chart-topping album The Hard Road, performed with a string section.
Also playing were The Youth Group, which won the breakthrough artist (single) category for the hit “Forever Young” from “The OC” soundtrack.
The shock win of the night was EMI signing Clare Bowditch for female artist of the year, trumping her good friend Kasey Chambers. During her acceptance speech, Bowditch thanked the Government’s funding arm The Arts Council for the good work it did in helping new acts get on the road. The sentiments went down a storm with the 4,000 guests at the awards.
– Bryan Jones