Artists 'upset' over 'cruel' changes to ARIA Awards


Artists are ‘upset over cruel changes to ARIA Awards’ as the ceremony returns after lockdowns with some very bizarre new rules and demands


Musical acts are said to be ‘upset’ at changes to the ARIA Awards ahead of the 2021 ceremony. 

The awards were will return after the end of lockdowns around the country on November 24.

However some of the proposed alterations to the proceedings have ruffled feathers, The Daily Telegraph claims. 

Changes: Musical acts are said to be 'upset' at changes to the ARIA Awards ahead of the 2021 ceremony. The awards were will return after the end of lockdowns around the country on November 24. Pictured: Dean Lewis at the 2019 ARIAs

Changes: Musical acts are said to be ‘upset’ at changes to the ARIA Awards ahead of the 2021 ceremony. The awards were will return after the end of lockdowns around the country on November 24. Pictured: Dean Lewis at the 2019 ARIAs

The show will be broadcast via a 45-minute YouTube stream, and initially, the paper claims all 159 nominees were asked to record a speech in case they win.

Artists and their publicists are said to have found that request ‘cruel’ and were reportedly told ‘if your talent doesn’t record one, we will accept the award on their behalf’.

However the decision was reversed, the paper reports, and now only winners will record speeches. 

Talking: The show will be broadcast via a 45-minute YouTube stream, and initially, all 159 nominees were reportedly asked to record a speech in case they win.  Pictured: The Veronicas singers Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso at the 2019 ARIAs

Talking: The show will be broadcast via a 45-minute YouTube stream, and initially, all 159 nominees were reportedly asked to record a speech in case they win.  Pictured: The Veronicas singers Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso at the 2019 ARIAs

Another change – only 10 awards being televised – ‘really upset people’ the report claims, and has likewise now been reversed.  

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the ARIA Awards for comment. 

It comes after news that the ARIA Awards is making efforts to be more inclusive when it returns this year.

For the first time in history, Australia’s biggest music awards show will merge the Best Male and Best Female Artist categories into one in an effort to include non-binary performers.

Cruel? Artists and their publicists are said to have found that request 'cruel' and the request now reportedly been reversed. Pictured: Dua Lipa at the 2019 ARIAs

Cruel? Artists and their publicists are said to have found that request ‘cruel’ and the request now reportedly been reversed. Pictured: Dua Lipa at the 2019 ARIAs

ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd told the Herald Sun: ‘The time for separating artists based on gendered categories that exclude non-binary artists altogether has passed.

‘There are artists, including artists who have charted at No. 1 in the past year, who don’t identify as male or female,’ Herd said.

The category will now include ten nominees instead of the usual five, in order to cater to men, women, and non-binary. 

The 2021 ARIA Music Awards will be streamed live on YouTube on November 24. 

Updated: Another change - only 10 awards being televised - 'really upset people' the report claims, and has likewise now been reversed. Pictured: Tones and I at the 2019 ARIAs

Updated: Another change – only 10 awards being televised – ‘really upset people’ the report claims, and has likewise now been reversed. Pictured: Tones and I at the 2019 ARIAs

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