News 3 May 2021

2015 ARIA Awards: the winners, performances, photos, videos and more

Revisit the most memorable moments from the 2015 ARIA Awards.

The 2015 ARIA Awards were held on 26 November, 2015 at the Star Event Centre, Sydney. The show was hosted by Australian television and radio presenter Osher Gunsberg.

The Winners 

The big winner on the night was Perth band Tame Impala, who took home a total of five trophies from six nominations. They claimed Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album for third album Currents. It was Tame Impala's second time winning in all three categories, having taken them out in 2013. Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker also won Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year.

Another big winner was Courtney Barnett, who scored a total of four trophies out of six nominations. She took home the Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art for her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Playing a sold show in Lodon on the night of the event, Barnett accepted her awards via satellite.      

Best Male Artist was awarded to Vance Joy, who opened the ceremony with a performance of 'Fire and the Flood'. Taken from the Melbourne singer-songwriter's debut album Dream Your Life Away, the performance received a standing ovation from English musician James Blunt. Vance Joy was nominated for seven ARIAs in 2015.

Song of the Year was presented by global megastar Ed Sheeran to Conrad Sewell for 'Start Again'. Sewell beat out his younger sister Grace, who was also nominated in the same category for chart-topper 'You Don't Own Me'.

One Direction scored Best International Artist for the fourth year in the row. Speaking on behalf of the gorup, Harry Styles said: “Thank you so much, we can’t believe we have won for the fourth year running.”

See the full list of 2015 winners.

Hall Of Fame

Tina Arena - one of Australia's highest selling artists - was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2015. She was introduced by Hall of Fame member, Kylie Minogue and was presented with the trophy by champion cyclist, Cadel Evans. In her acceptance speech Arena wanted to acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game. She specifically named Minogue, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Annie Lennox: “Ladies over 40 are still in the game. Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies, because we will decide when it is time for us to stop,” she said. “I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

The induction provided the ARIAs with one of its greatest ever performances, when Arena teamed up with Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas to perform her 1994 hit 'Chains'.


The performances on the night included a strong local line-up as well as an international megastar. 

Local acts such as Jarryd James, Conrad Sewell, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Nathaniel, Peking Duk were seen on the stage in addition to already mentioned Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Vance Joy and Tina Arena 

Global star Ed Sheeran treated the audience to a performance of his hit 'Photograph'. The artist creatively mixed up his performance by having half of the song played by himself acoustically and other half with a full band.

Check out all the performances below.

2015 ARIA Awards - Performances and Moments