Perth-raised pop superstar Troye Sivan has scored four nominations for second album Bloom in an ARIA Awards field dominated by female artists.

Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark leads the awards with nine nominations, including Apple Music Album of the Year where her debut Love Monster will compete against releases from Sivan, Sydney dance trio Pnau, late indigenous artist Gurrumul and Melbourne garage popster Courtney Barnett, who has eight nominations.

Shark, who collected two ARIAs last year, is also shortlisted for best female artist, pop release and Australian live act.

Perth-raised singer Troye Sivan has snared four nominations, including best album for his second LP Bloom. Picture: Jules Faure

Only two years after she released breakthrough single Adore and now riding high on music biz-baiting hit I Said Hi, the 32-year-old is the toast of an industry which had ignored her talent for a long time.

At the nominations event at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dann Hume and M Phazes won producer of the year for their work on Shark’s Love Monster.

Both Shark and Sivan are in the middle of headline tours of North America — with the latter playing a sold-out show at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Gurrumul’s posthumous album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) earned ARIAs for cover art and world music album.

The Elcho Island artist, who died last year, earned seven nominations, as did Pnau for fifth studio album Changa, which features quadruple platinum hit Chameleon.

Sydney dance trio Pnau earned seven ARIA nominations for Changa, their first studio album in five years.

Busker turned globetrotting solo star Tash Sultana is up for six trophies, the nominations arriving as the Melburnian prepares for a headline North American tour followed by a run of massive Australian dates.

Sultana, who recently unveiled her debut album Flow State, will battle Shark and Barnett, as well as DJ/producer Alison Wonderland and LA-based hit machine Sia for best female artist honours.

Sivan and Gurrumul are both nominated for best male artist, alongside Dan Sultan, Vance Joy and fast-rising Sydney singer Dean Lewis, who picked up five nods today.

Melbourne’s Tash Sultana is sitting pretty with six nominations for debut album, Flow State.

Canberra-spawned dance duo Peking Duk also have five nominations, including best group where they compete against 5 Seconds of Summer, DMA’s, RUFUS DU SOL and Pnau for the pointy trophy.

Sivan is not the only WA talent in line for national honours.

Nashville-based Bex Chilcott, aka Ruby Boots, and Margaret River-based Danielle Caruana, aka Mama Kin of Mama Kin Spender, are both nominated for best blues and roots album — a category dominated by female-led acts.

Nashville-based country rocker Ruby Boots picked up a nomination for her album, Don’t Talk About It. Picture: Cal Quinn

Best rock album is another category where blokes are in the minority, with Barnett, Sultana and the Hannah Joy-led Middle Kids nominated alongside DMA’s and Luca Brasi.

And four out of the five artists nominated for breakthrough artist — one of the two gongs Shark collected in 2017 — are female.

Alex Lahey, Jack River, Mojo Juju and Odette plus lone fella Ruel make up an impressive class of 2018.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Drake, Eminem and Pink are among the 10 candidates for the public-voted best international artist award.

Hosted by Keith Urban, the 2018 ARIA Awards will be announced in Sydney on November 28.

Independent singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has eight nominations at this year’s ARIA Awards, only second to leader Amy Shark. Picture: Pooneh Ghana


Apple Music Album Of The Year

Amy Shark: Love Monster

Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Gurrumul: Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Pnau: Changa

Troye Sivan: Bloom

Best Male Artist

Dan Sultan

Dean Lewis


Troye Sivan

Vance Joy

Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis has five nominations, including best male artist. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Best Female Artist

Alison Wonderland

Amy Shark

Courtney Barnett


Tash Sultana

Best Dance Release

Alison Wonderland: Awake

Fisher: Losing It

Peking Duk: Fire

Pnau: Go Bang


Best Group

5 Seconds Of Summer: Youngblood

DMA’s: For Now

Peking Duk: Fire

Pnau: Go Bang


Breakthrough Artist

Alex Lahey

Jack River

Mojo Juju



Best Pop Release

5 Seconds Of Summer: Youngblood

Amy Shark: Love Monster

Dean Lewis: Be Alright

Jack River: Sugar Mountain

Troye Sivan: Bloom

Best Urban Album

360: Vintage Modern

Esoterik: My Astral Plane

Hilltop Hoods: Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle)

Kerser: Engraved in the Game

Mojo Juju: Native Tongue

Best Independent Release

Angus & Julia Stone: Snow

Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel

DMA’s: For Now

Gurrumul: Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Pnau: Go Bang

Best Rock Album

Camp Cope: How To Socialise & Make Friends

Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel

DMA’s: For Now

Luca Brasi: Stay

Middle Kids: Lost Friends

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice

Dan Sultan: Killer Under A Blood Moon

Missy Higgins: Solastalgia

Odette: To A Stranger

Vance Joy: Nation of Two

Best Country Album

Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont: Adam & Brooke

Fanny Lumsden: Real Class Act

Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples: Campfire

The Wolfe Brothers: Country Heart

Travis Collins: Brave and the Broken

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

DZ Deathrays: Bloody Lovely

King Parrot: Ugly Produce

Parkway Drive: Reverence

Polaris: The Mortal Coil

West Thebarton: Different Beings Being Different

Danielle Caruana of Mama Kin Spender is nominated for best blues and roots album.

Best Blues & Roots Album

Angus & Julia Stone: Snow

Emily Wurramara: Milyakburra

Mama Kin Spender: Golden Magnetic

Ruby Boots: Don’t Talk About It

Tash Sultana: Flow State

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Evelyn Ida Morris: Acute Misfortune (Original Soundtrack)

Jessica Mauboy: The Secret Daughter Season Two (Songs for the Original 7 Series)

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy: The Soundtracks

LIARS: 1/1 (Original Soundtrack)

Various Artists: Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical (The Original Cast Recording)

Best Children’s Album

Justine Clarke: The Justine Clarke Show!

Lah-Lah: 10th Birthday Party

Sam Moran: Santa’s Coming!

Teeny Tiny Stevies: Helpful Songs For Little People

The Wiggles: Wiggle Pop!


Apple Music Song Of The Year

5 Seconds Of Summer: Youngblood

Amy Shark: I Said Hi

Angus & Julia Stone: Chateau

Conrad Sewell: Healing Hands

Dean Lewis: Be Alright

Peking Duk: Fire/Reprisal

Pnau: Go Bang

Sheppard: Coming Home

Troye Sivan: My My My!

Vance Joy: Lay It On Me

Best Video

Amy Shark: I Said Hi

Client Liaison: Survival In The City

Courtney Barnett: Need A Little Time

Dean Lewis: Be Alright

Gang Of Youths: The Heart Is A Muscle

Mojo Juju: Native Tongue

Peking Duk: Fire

Pnau: Go Bang

Tash Sultana: Salvation

The Presets: Do What You Want

Best Australian Live Act

5 Seconds Of Summer

Amy Shark

Client Liaison

Courtney Barnett

Dean Lewis

Gang Of Youths

Paul Kelly

Peking Duk


Tash Sultana

Best International Artist

Camila Cabello


Ed Sheeran


Imagine Dragons



Post Malone

Sam Smith

Taylor Swift