See What These ARIA Winning Artists Had to Say to Australians This Year

Nicole Singh

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In what is typically a night of joyous celebration of the year that’s been for the Australian music industry and the tunes that have topped the chart, this year’s ceremony was permeated with a deeper meaning as many of the ARIA award-winning creatives took to the stage to not only thank their loved ones, but also bravely speak out about many of the socio-political issues that have affected Australia over the years.

From the struggle of creatives in a tough and ever-evolving industry to immigrants, refugees, and the indigenous community, Amy Shark, Gang of Youths and A.B Original had a lot to say last night.

Keep scrolling to see our favourite quotes from the star-studded evening. 

A.B Original - Best Urban Album / Best Independent Release


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“We made this album for our community, in our community, from our community. Change doesn’t come from everyone being comfortable. We made ourselves extremely uncomfortable making this record, trying to upset all those red necks, but we did it. No doubt, they were vocal, but we just had a better album.”

The duo also adding, “the idea of writing a record for your nephews and nieces, and it resonating to a massive crowd like this and an industry like this is not lost on us.”

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Amy Shark - Best Pop Release / Best Breakthrough Artist


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“There were a lot of years that I was really frustrated with the industry. Because I had been writing music for a very long time. I just wanted everyone to hear my music so bad, and I guess, I want to say that I was wrong… I realise now that you guys are all amazing people.”

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Gang of Youths - Best Rock Album / Album of the Year / Best Group


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“We’re all immigrants to this country, and this country is built on a strong indigenous people and on the backs of immigrants.”

"I grew up in the inner west of Sydney and I didn't have a lot of money," said lead singer David Le'aupepe. "My parents spent the last $200 they had on a guitar, and that guitar changed my f*cking life. Go and pick up a guitar, go pick up an instrument, go and get a laptop and download some software, because the world needs good artists who have something to say."

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