Wolfmother Dominates Australia's Aria Awards
Progressive rock band WOLFMOTHER picked up three top awards for their self-titled debut album at the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards on Sunday night (29OCT06) in Sydney. Former POWDERFINGER frontman BERNARD FANNING also celebrated the success of his debut solo album TEA + SYMPATHY by winning the Best Male Artist and Album of the Year awards. Singer CLARE BOWDITCH, who is expecting twin boys with her husband, music producer MARTY BROWN, picked up the Best Female Artist award. MIDNIGHT OIL, led by PETER GARRETT, who is now a member of the House of Representatives in Australia, received a standing ovation when the group was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. U2 frontman BONO appeared via video to congratulate the band on their achievement. Australian country star KEITH URBAN, who was scheduled to perform at the ceremony, left event organisers hanging after he checked himself into a rehab facility and they were unable to find a suitable replacement in time for the show. A full list of winners is as follows: 2006 Aria Hall of Fame Recipient - MIDNIGHT OIL Album of the Year - BERNARD FANNING, TEA + SYMPATHY Best Group - WOLFMOTHER, WOLFMOTHER Best Male Artist - BERNARD FANNING, TEA + SYMPATHY Best Female Artist - CLARE BOWDITCH, WHAT WAS LEFT Single of the Year - ESKIMO JOE, BLACK FINGERNAILS, RED WINE Best Pop Release - THE VERONICAS, THE SECRET LIFE OF... Best Independent Release - HILLTOP HOODS, THE HARD ROAD Best Urban Release - HILLTOP HOODS, THE HARD ROAD Best Comedy Release - LANO AND WOODLEY, SING SONGS Best Country Album - TROY CASSAR-DALEY, BRIGHTER DAY Best Children's Album - THE WIGGLES, RACING TO THE RAINBOW Best Music DVD - ESKIMO JOE, ESKIMO JOE, THE DVD Breakthrough Artist - Single - YOUTH GROUP, FOREVER YOUNG Breakthrough Artist - Album - WOLFMOTHER, WOLFMOTHER Best Blues and Roots Album - THE AUDREYS, BETWEEN LAST NIGHT AND US Best Dance Release - TV ROCK FEATURING SEANY B, FLAUNT IT Highest Selling Single - TV ROCK FEATURING SEANY B, FLAUNT IT Highest Selling Album - HUMAN NATURE, REACH OUT: THE MOTOWN ALBUM Best Adult Contemporary Artist - BOB EVANS, SUBURBAN SONGBOOK Best Rock Album - WOLFMOTHER, WOLFMOTHER.