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Cilmi, Presets dominate ARIAs

October 19, 2008
Breaking on through ... Gabriella Cilmi.

Breaking on through ... Gabriella Cilmi.
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Teenage popstar Gabriella Cilmi and dance duo The Presets have dominated the 2008 ARIA Awards, picking up nine trophies between them.

Melbourne's 17-year-old Cilmi blitzed her competitors, as Australia's music industry turned out to celebrate its best at Sydney's Acer Arena.

Cilmi took out all six of the awards she was nominated for, including best female artist, best pop release and breakthrough artist: album for her debut record Lessons to be Learned.

Her smash hit Sweet About Me clinched highest-selling single, breakthrough artist: single, and single of the year.

In picking up her haul of gongs, Cilmi, who was unknown a year ago, beat the likes of Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins and The Veronicas.

Meanwhile, The Presets took home some of the most prestigious titles of the night, such as best group, best dance release and album of the year.

The Sydney-based duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes nabbed three of the four gongs they were up for, with their dancefloor anthem My People missing out to Cilmi for single of the year.

Sydney-born singer Sam Sparro, who splits his time between the US and the UK, had five nominations and was tipped to be a big winner at the awards, but walked away empty handed.

The night belonged to the new faces of the industry, such as blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who was recognised in the best independent release category for his album Gurrumul.

But old favourites weren't forgotten.

Delta Goodrem won highest selling album, The Wiggles notched up another win in the best children's album category, while last year's stars Powderfinger and Silverchair jointly claimed best music DVD with their concert film Across the Great Divide.

The Living End beat Gyroscope, Faker, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and Eddie Current Suppression Ring to secure best rock album for their release White Noise.

ARIA Hall of Famer Cave was named best male artist, while Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson grabbed the best country album with their chart-topping release Rattlin' Bones.

The awards were hosted by comedy duo Hamish and Andy, and saw performances from Sam Sparro, The Living End, The Veronicas, Gabriella Cilmi, The Presets and US superstar Pink.


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