Pop recluse Sia ARIAs' big winner

Pop recluse Sia Furler has trumped more fancied contenders, taking out Telstra Album of the Year for her chart-topping sixth album, 1000 Forms of Fear, at the 2014 ARIA Awards in Sydney tonight.

The publicity-shy Adelaide-born singer-songwriter wasn’t in the country to collect that gong, along with her ARIAs for best female artist, best pop release and best video.

But she tweeted this morning that she made four thankyou/acceptance videos for the ARIAs.

"They chose to show one. I'm saddened to be getting shit for being a 'no-show'.

American superstar Katy Perry did the honours instead, bringing international star power to an awards night that also featured boy bands from home and away in Aussie juggernaut 5 Seconds of Summer and England’s inescapable One Direction.

5 Seconds of Summer receive and ARIA for Song of the Year. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The latter won their third consecutive Best International Artist title and performed latest single Steal My Girl at the Star Event Centre.

The screams of teenage girls punctuated every mention of their name at the star-studded ceremony.


Meanwhile, Sydney’s 5 Seconds of Summer scored ARIA Song of the Year for their bubbly single She Looks So Perfect, with which the pop-rock quartet opened the televised awards.

The win backed up their best new artist win at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

As with 1D, ululations accompanied 5SOS' every move.

Pre-awards favourite Chet Faker, the non de plume of Melbourne producer Nicholas Murphy, missed out on the coveted album award but earned Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release for his No. 1 debut, Built on Glass.

Chet Faker performs during the awards ceremony. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Brisbane family band Sheppard, starring Perth-born singer George Sheppard, was named Best Group while the other trophies went to familiar faces.

There are very few acts more accustomed to ARIAs glory that the Wiggles. Last night, the ARIA Hall of Famers won Best Children’s Album for a staggering 12th time.

John Butler Trio was the only WA winner, earning their third Best Blues and Roots Album ARIA with Flesh and Bone.

John Butler Trio accept an ARIA for best Blues and Roots Album. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Butler, who dropped two F-bombs during his passionate acceptance speech, now has six ARIAs.

Songwriting legends Neil Finn and Paul Kelly won Best Adult Contemporary Album for Goin’ My Way, a live album recorded on their superb joint tour of last year.


Winners: 5 Seconds of Summer.

The Australasian pairing performed Kelly’s Don’t Stand So Close to the Window and Finn’s Crowded House classic Four Seasons in One Day to close the ceremony.

Other winners included Kasey Chambers, Dan Sultan, Hilltop Hoods, Keith Urban and DZ Deathrays.

Rapper Iggy Azalea won Best Breakthrough Artist. English singer Charli XCX, who appears on her global hit Fancy, accepted the award for the absent Azalea.

Former Countdown host Ian "Molly" Meldrum was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Marcia Hines and John Paul Young, who both launched their careers via the music program which made its debut on the ABC 40 years ago.

Molly Meldrum receives induction to the ARIA Hall of Fame. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Meldrum earned a standing ovation for his heartfelt speech, which included a shout-out to injured cricketer Phil Hughes.