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The celebrities who picked up a gong at this year’s socially distanced ARIA Awards 2020

Guy Sebastian picked up the award for Best Video at the ARIA Awards 2020 in Sydney on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Choir singer was one of just a handful of celebrities present to collect their award live at the socially distanced award show.

‘Such an honour to be amongst everybody who was nominated, and it’s never something that I take for granted winning something like this,’ he said.

Winner: Guy Sebastian picked up the award for Best Video at the ARIA Awards in Sydney on Wednesday

Following Guy’s win, Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly from INXS took to the stage to present the award for Best Group.  

‘Well, this is weird,’ noted Kirk, 62, as he stared out at the empty auditorium, before presenting the award to Tame Impala, who accepted virtually.

‘Thank you so much, guys. There’s still music playing. That’s cool. This means a lot to us,’ they said.  

Rock royalty: Following Guy's win, Tim Farriss (right) and Kirk Pengilly (left) from INXS took to the stage to present the award for Best Group

Rock royalty: Following Guy’s win, Tim Farriss (right) and Kirk Pengilly (left) from INXS took to the stage to present the award for Best Group

'Thank you so much, guys. There's still music playing. That's cool. This means a lot to us,' said Best Group winners Tame Impala, who accepted their award virtually

‘Thank you so much, guys. There’s still music playing. That’s cool. This means a lot to us,’ said Best Group winners Tame Impala, who accepted their award virtually

Guy then returned to the stage to present the award for Best Australian Live Act alongside host Delta Goodrem, with Amy Shark taking out the prize. 

‘Thank you to all my Sharks who came to the shows,’ the 34-year-old said, before thanking everyone who worked to help make her shows happen.  

She added: ‘This one’s for Team Shark. Thank you. This is awesome.’ 

Class act: Guy then returned to the stage to present the award for Best Australian Live Act alongside host Delta Goodrem, with Amy Shark (pictured) taking out the prize

Class act: Guy then returned to the stage to present the award for Best Australian Live Act alongside host Delta Goodrem, with Amy Shark (pictured) taking out the prize

Proving to be a big winner on the night, Amy also picked up the award for Best Pop Release, surprising presenter Sophie Monk, who didn’t realise she’d be accepting in person.

‘Oh, you’re here! Congratulations, sweetheart,’ the 40-year-old said, before giving her a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.

Amy seemed stunned by her back-to-back wins: ‘Thank you so much. Oh my God, OK. Woah, woah. OK, isn’t tonight full of surprises.’ 

Making an appearance: Amy also picked up the award for Best Pop Release, surprising presenter Sophie Monk (right), who didn't realise she'd be accepting in person

Making an appearance: Amy also picked up the award for Best Pop Release, surprising presenter Sophie Monk (right), who didn’t realise she’d be accepting in person

'Oh, you're here! Congratulations, sweetheart,' the 40-year-old said, before giving her a congratulatory kiss on the cheek

‘Oh, you’re here! Congratulations, sweetheart,’ the 40-year-old said, before giving her a congratulatory kiss on the cheek

After winning last year’s Breakthrough Artist award, Tones and I returned to present the award to this year’s winner, Lime Cordiale. 

‘This is our first ARIA win, so this is kind of… I don’t really know what to do here. How’s the audience? How are you going?’ they joked, talking to the empty room. 

Winning the award for Best Hip Hop Release was Sampa the Great, who urged other women of colour to pursue the genre with an empowering acceptance speech.  

Making a comeback: After winning last year's Breakthrough Artist award, Tones and I (pictured) returned to present the award to this year's winner, Lime Cordiale

Making a comeback: After winning last year’s Breakthrough Artist award, Tones and I (pictured) returned to present the award to this year’s winner, Lime Cordiale

'This is our first ARIA win, so this is kind of... I don't really know what to do here. How's the audience? How are you going?' joked Breakthrough Artist winners Lime Cordiale, talking to the empty room

‘This is our first ARIA win, so this is kind of… I don’t really know what to do here. How’s the audience? How are you going?’ joked Breakthrough Artist winners Lime Cordiale, talking to the empty room

‘Young black artists, young people of colour, keep doing what you are doing. Keep bringing the stories to the forefront, because now we get to see a side of Australia that was never shown,’ she said. 

‘I’m sending all my love to black women who are in hip hop. It often feels isolated and masculine. You can step into whatever genre and be you. You can define genres.’

Appearing via video, rock legend Mick Fleetwood presented the ARIA award for Best Rock Album.

Inspirational: Winning the award for Best Hip Hop Release was Sampa the Great (pictured), who urged other women of colour to pursue the genre with an empowering acceptance speech

Inspirational: Winning the award for Best Hip Hop Release was Sampa the Great (pictured), who urged other women of colour to pursue the genre with an empowering acceptance speech

‘I can’t believe last year the band and I were touring your beautiful, beautiful country. Now here we are living in a very, very different world,’ the 73-year-old Fleetwood Mac rocker began.

The award went to Tame Impala, who picked up several awards on the night, with Kevin Parker appearing starstruck by Mick’s appearance.  

‘Rock and roll is a crazy thing in 2020. It’s an interesting beast, but there’s so much amazing rock and roll music being made in Australia right now,’ said the 34-year-old.

Dialling in: Appearing via video, rock legend Mick Fleetwood presented the ARIA award for Best Rock Album

Dialling in: Appearing via video, rock legend Mick Fleetwood presented the ARIA award for Best Rock Album

Big winner: The award went to Tame Impala, who picked up several awards on the night, with Kevin Parker (pictured) appearing starstruck by Mick's appearance

Big winner: The award went to Tame Impala, who picked up several awards on the night, with Kevin Parker (pictured) appearing starstruck by Mick’s appearance

‘I’m so happy to be someone – one of the people holding the torch. So, it means a lot. Thank you. I appreciate it.’ 

Best Male Artist went to Archie Roach, who seemed stunned by his win after being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame earlier in the night.

‘To be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame is enough for me. You know, it’s great to even to be nominated in these awards,’ the 64-year-old began. 

‘They’re the pinnacle of what we do as recording artists, and to be acknowledged and given an award like this is huge.’

He added: ‘They didn’t make a mistake, did they? Didn’t make a mistake, did they? No? OK. Thank you very much.’ 

Harry Styles picked up the award for Best International Artist, and recorded a video acceptance speech.

‘I know it’s a fan voted award, so I want to say thank you so much to all the fans who voted for me, and all the support you have given me over the last couple of years and also several years before that. So thank you so much,’ the 26-year-old said. 

Best Female Artist went to Sampa the Great, who picked up several awards on the night, and used it as an opportunity to thank the women who have supported her.

‘As someone who is wholeheartedly supported by some amazing women, it’s an honour to receive this award,’ she said. 

‘I have done my best to represent who I am and who I’m going to be and show the beauty of where I’m from. 

‘Women deserve to be applauded of different shapes, sizes and races, and I’m grateful to be applauded as well.’ 

More to come. 


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