ARIA Awards 2020 will be held in November in a COVIDsafe format.
The Australian recording industry’s flagship awards ceremony will be held on November 25 at its usual venue at The Star Event Center in Sydney, as long as there will be no spectators.
ARIA will be “virtual but real”, says ARIA’s CEO Dan Rosen Bulletin board. “There will be an ARIA scene with real people on it.” The star “just will not have a live audience in there.”
YouTube will stream shows online through an ongoing partnership, and radio and television broadcaster Nine Network will be broadcasting across Australia.
After the bushfires and now the pandemic, it would have been a halt to the music industry and the wider Australian public to interrupt ARIA. Music “gets people through these challenging times,”
There is a lot to celebrate, really on the music side. In the last 12 months, more than 50 home-grown LPs have cracked the top 10 on the ARIA chart, and ten Aussie albums have gone to No. 1, including sets of Dune Rats, Tame Impala, 5 Seconds of Summer, Violent Soho , Lime Cordiale and more.
“It’s an industry that has been challenged,” says Rosen, “and through it all we put out good music.”
In another break from the regular program, The Fine Arts and Artisan ARIA Awards will be presented on the same day as the ARIA Awards.
Nominations for the main event will be announced next month. It is unclear which legendary act or artist will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, although Rosen confirms that the special ceremony will take place.
As previously reported, ARIA has partnered with the NSW Government to “amplify” the event through live music. In the Great Southern Nights campaign, 1,000 COVIDSafe gigs will roll out across Sydney and regional NSW in the weeks leading up to the annual gala.
“This year’s awards will be different from the ones we’ve held before,” said Denis Handlin, ARIA Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, “but it gives us a creative opportunity to showcase our amazing Australian talent. in a unique way for music fans here and around the world. ”