The 2022 ARIA Awards are underway at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, with Aussie music legend Natalie Imbruglia taking on hosting duties this year.
And two of the night’s biggest awards were dispensed with right off the bat, with Tones And I taking home Song of the Year for her hit Cloudy Day, while Baker Boy won Album of the Year for his 2021 debut Gela.
Best Group came next, with punk-rock outfit Amyl and the Sniffers taking it out – they’d previously won the award for Best Rock Album in the pre-televised awards.
And ahead of a all-star musical tribute to the late Aussie icon Olivia Newton-John, ONJ’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi appeared with a specially recorded message for the ARIAs audience.
Lattanzi choked back tears as she thanked those in Australia for their support since her mother’s death from cancer back in August.
“Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so moved by all of the support that she received from Australia during her cancer battle… Excuse me,’ Lattanzi said, as she momentarily lost her composure.
“I ask that you continue to remember my mum and honouring her by supporting the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre so that my mum’s dream can come true: A world without cancer. Please enjoy the night, live it up, have fun, enjoy the tribute and enjoy life like my mum did.”
Earlier, stars walked the red carpet, with highlights including former MAFS star Dom’s wild see-through outfit and G-Flip and their US reality star girlfriend making their Aussie red carpet debut.
More to come …