The Temper Trap have won Best Rock Album for their self-titled album.
The group beat The Jezabels and rock legends Cold Chisel to secure their first award in this category.
On collecting their award Temper Trap said: “It’s always hard to follow up a first album. Thanks so much for going out and buying the record.”
The indie rock band said it felt good to collect an award in person after accepting other awards via video link.
“We’ve just spent the last month here so that’s probably the most amount of time we’ve spent in Australia in the last two years,” they said on Thursday at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Meanwhile The Wiggles have racked up their 11th ARIA by winning Best Children’s Album and Buddy Goode has taken home the gong for Best Comedy.
Gotye has won Best Australian Live Act in one of the three publicly voted categories.
Presented by Triple J radio announcers Tom and Alex, who were dressed up like the tattooed Melbourne rapper 360, Gotye said he was genuinely surprised.
“I’m genuinely surprised mainly because all the other acts and so many acts from Australia do incredible live shows,” he said.
The award follows a year of high profile shows Gotye has performed around the world on the success of Somebody That I Used To Know, including the American festival Coachella.
He’s touring Australia next month.
Gotye also has won Best Pop Release, the award he won last year.
He triumphed in a strong group that included Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy and his Somebody That I Used To Know co-singer Kimbra.
“I’ve grown up loving pop music,” Gotye said, adding that the award is an affirmation of breaking through his feelings of subconsciousness in writing pop music.
Sister trio The MyClymonts have added a second ARIA to their accolades, taking out Best Country Album. Only Sam and Mollie accepted.
“This is for Brooke at home sitting on the couch about to give birth tonight - we did it!” Sam said.
The award for their album Two Worlds Collide follows their win in the same category in 2010.
Meanwhile, slide guitarist Jeff Lang has beaten former ARIA winner Angus Stone to take out Best Blues and Roots Album.
Rapper 360 has taken out the award for Breakthrough Artist.
The Melbourne MC, who led the ARIA nominations with six nods, triumphed in a strong pack that included Lanie Lane and Matt Corby.
360 thanked his label EMI “for discovering me and believing in me for a start“, his fiancee and the Australian public.
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl have taken out Best Dance Release for their hit In My Mind and Brisbane thrash pop band DZ Deathrays have won their first ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album.
Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett inducted Aboriginal music icons Yothu Yindi into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The band, whose name translates to child and mother, were joined on stage by Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Kelly and Andrew Farriss to perform the international hit Treaty.
Former Midnight Oil star and current federal Education Minister Garrett described Yothu Yindi as “powerful evocative and challenging”. Kelly said “they are not so much a band as a philosophy on life”.
Yothu Yindi used their ARIA induction today to call for the recognition of indigenous Australians in the constitution.
The band urged fans to get behind the campaign to change Australia’s foundation document.
“As musicians, recognition from our peers is important to us,” Yothu Yindi frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu said.
“As Aboriginal Australians, recognition from our constitution is even more important.”
Backstage a frail Yunupingu who needs a kidney transplant, said his illness didn’t hold I’m back from enjoying the night’s performance.
“I quite liked it,” he said.
Formed in 1986, Yothu Yindi has won eight ARIA awards and their single Treaty peaked at No.11 on the ARIA singles chart. The single achieved the band international success, peaking at No.6 on the US Hot Dance Club Play singles charts.
Stars strutted along the black carpet as they arrived for the awards and it was impossible to ignore singer Ricki-Lee Coulter and DJ Havana Brown in their sexy, hot pink outfits.
Brown, nominated for Best Dance Release, designed her figure-hugging backless dress that featured a deep plunging neckline and a sky-high split that revealed a very, tanned leg.
The ever-slimmer Coulter was equally as bright in a mini Thakoon dress that had soft flowing sleeves.
Quirky New Zealander Kimbra stole a page from Bjork’s infamous swan dress, in a flamingo pink feather creation by up-and-coming Aussie designer Anna Langdon, with exaggerated shoulderpads that seemed to defy gravity.
As she made her entrance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the music industry’s night of nights, Kimbra said that she was very happy to be at the ARIAs.
“It’s a beautiful way to finish the year celebrating with everyone and I’m excited about acknowledging that.”
Looking equally as vivid was candy-haired Voice contestant Sarah DeBono who chose an electric yellow strapless Rachel Gilbert dress with a heavily-sequinned bodice.
Taking a more subtle line, Jessica Mauboy looked sophisticated and elegant in a slinky gold floor-length embroidered gown.
But US country music superstar and sweetheart Taylor Swift was the belle of the ball in her long soft-flowing latte-coloured dress. With lace inserts down the side it showed a sexy side to the 22-year-old, who performed at the ARIAs.
Missy Higgins kept with her edgy look with a geometric and panelled An Ode to No One dress in white, gold and blue.
Gotye’s partner Tash Parker wore a long, flowing, floral number, while Sarah Blasko stuck to rock star black.
Also keeping with the rock’n’roll theme was presenter Ruby Rose in a funky, short bright yellow Romance Was Born creation teamed with high tangerine heels.
Lanie Lane chose a Lisa Ho kimono-inspired creation made especially for the night. Lane, who is considered a leading light in fashion, is up for Best Female Artist.
Meanwhile the newest X Factor winner Samantha Jade went for Sydney-based fashion designer Daniela-Stephanie Puglisi to design her dress.
Also glamming up for the awards in sexy revealing frocks were Rhiannon Fish and Erin McNaught in an Emilio Pucci dress.