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Outrage over gender gap at ARIAs
Jessica Mauboy. Picture: Getty Images

Some of Australia's biggest female artists have spoken out about the lack of women at this year's ARIA Awards.

Apart from the best female artist category, women appeared under- represented in the nominations and awards.

In comparison to male artists and mostly male bands, the number of Australian individual female nominees could be counted on two hands.

Jessica Mauboy, Justine Clarke, Samantha Jade and Kasey Chambers were the only female winners.

Best female artist Mauboy, left, said she felt disappointed about the lack of women nominees at this year's awards.

"It was a little bit interesting because we have so (many) strong women in this industry and it would have been good to see more of them nominated," she said.

Mauboy named a number of women she believed should have received more recognition, including Best Video winner Jade and her former Australian Idol colleague - absent at this year's awards - Ricki Lee Coulter.

"I think that's what I feel (disappointed) inside but you know I'm not one to talk about it. I'm quiet about it. It is what it is and what can you do," Mauboy added.

Singer Clare Bowditch, who missed out on the best adult contemporary album award to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, said the lack of women at the awards could have an impact on what is written in the history books.

"I think what we know for sure is when we look 30 years, or 10 years or 20 years ahead, there's this gap - there are these women who have been making music and for some reason they aren't part of the legacy of Australian music yet, the way I think they will be," Bowditch said.

"But I can say, because of changes in technology, there are a lot more independent thinkers and independent women making music in this day and age."

However, singer Missy Higgins wasn't concerned about a lack of female representation this year.

"I don't think there is anything to worry about; I think there are incredible female artists out there. I'm not worried. There is plenty of talent in this category."