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Dan Sultan wins Best Adult Contemporary Album, 11 Indigenous artists among nominees at ARIAs

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The 2023 ARIA Awards brought together the top artists in the Australian music industry to celebrate the best of the year.

11 First Nations musicians received nominations, with Budjerah being recognised in five categories.

Arrente/Gurindji artist Dan Sultan emerged victorious in The Best Adult Contemporary Album category for his self-titled album, "Dan Sultan." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Solo Artist and Best Independent Album.

Dan Sultan's album may be his most personal yet with themes that reflect his journey from darkness to a place of happiness and contentment.

A notable highlight of the night was Budjerah's exceptional performance, as he commanded the stage and mesmerised the audience with his rendition of his chart-topping track, Therapy.

The Pacific Islander collective known as Onefour is widely recognised as the trailblazers of drill music in Australia, gaining immense popularity with a series of viral singles in 2019. Their track "COMMA'S" earned them a nomination for Best Hip Hop/Rap Release.

Jessica Mauboy received a nomination for Best Video for her single "Give You Love," which features American pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo. The music video exuded a surreal ambiance with its enchanting choir and captivating dancers.

Pacific Islander group Onefour on set of their music video welcome to prison.

(Image: Kumehani Koteka)

List of Artist Nominated in various categories.

Best adult contemporary album - Moju (Pro,Plata, Mata)

Song of the year - Budjerah (Therapy) and The Kid Laroi (Love again)

Best pop release - Budjerah (Therapy)

Best soul/ R&B release nominee Jada Weazel for her song Skin (Image: Tripple J unearthed)

Best hip hop/ rap release - Onefour (Comma's)

Best soul/ R&B release - Jada Weazel (Skin) and Pania (P stands for Playa)

Best video - Jessica Mauboy ft Jason Deluro (Give you love), King Stingray (Lookin' out) and Budjerah (Therapy)

Jessica Mauboy and Jason Derulo music video for their hit single give you love

(Image:still shot from YouTube)

Best Australian live act - Baker Boy, Budjerah and King Stingray

Best Classical Album - Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers — Ensemble Offspring (To list, to sing)


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