Some of Australia’s biggest acts have been announced as performers for the 2020 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music, airing on the Nine Network on Wednesday, 25th November 2020.
Set to perform and leading the 2020 ARIA nominations, Lime Cordiale is up for an astonishing eight awards this year including Album of the Year, Best Group, Breakthrough Artists presented by PPCA, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release, Best Cover Art, Best Video presented by YouTube and Song of the Year presented by YouTube Music. The Sydney sibling duo’s second studio album 14 Steps to a Better You achieved the highest first week album sales in 2020, followed by selling out 34 shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Adelaide. Lime Cordiale has amassed over 120 million streams combined, and had four songs under 40 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019. In the past year alone, the group has sold just under 50,000 tickets and played more than 100 shows across the globe. Recently, they have performed as a special guest for Tones and I in North America and has been confirmed to play at Splendour in the Grass in 2021.
Tame Impala are also set to take to the stage at the 2020 ARIA Awards, with an impressive seven ARIA nominations this year for their outstanding February release The Slow Rush, including Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Pop Release, Best Rock Album, Engineer of the Year, Producer of the Year and Best Video presented by YouTube Music. The Slow Rush generated widespread national and global acclaim, the album was triple j’s Feature Album on release and landed a second #1 spot on the Australian charts for Kevin Parker. It is also the highest selling Australian artist album of 2020 to date. Internationally, it is the group's highest charting album in the US and the UK, and reached 14 top 10 chart positions in various countries around the world. Tame Impala’s official Youtube channel has amassed over 84 million views.
Sampa The Great’s profound impact on the music industry continues to shine through, receiving a staggering six ARIA nominations in 2020. Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and now based in Melbourne, Sampa The Great had the nation hooked since the 2015 release of The Great Mixtape, with her second mixtape Birds and the BEE9 following in 2017. Her 2019 debut album The Return received widespread critical acclaim, with the lead single from the album 'Final Form' taking out Best Hip Hop Release at the 2019 ARIA Awards. For both The Birds and the BEE9 in 2017 and The Return in 2019, Sampa The Great won The Australian Music Prize, the only artist to ever receive the honour twice. Sampa has entertained audiences across the globe, playing festivals like Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass and Laneway, and more recently has performed virtually for AFROPUNK, Black August and the Roots Picnic. Always keeping in the company of greatness, she has also supported the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Ms Lauryn Hill.
Adding to the line-up of stellar performances, Amy Shark continues to wow the Australian music scene, with three ARIA nominations this year for Best Pop Release, Best Female Artist and Best Australian Live Act for her latest single, gold accredited ‘Everybody Rise’. After breaking into the music scene in 2016 with the release of her 5 x platinum single 'Adore'. The following year her debut EP exploded into the top 10 on iTunes in 15 countries and awarded her two ARIA awards for Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist. Amy’s single ‘I Said Hi’ reached 4 x platinum record sales, over 76 million streams globally and 13 million video views on YouTube. Amy’s debut/breakthrough #1 ARIA album and platinum certified Love Monster was recognised in 2018 with four ARIA awards (Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Producer [Dann Hume]) and was nominated for another five. Love Monster went on to become the highest selling album by an Australian artist for 2018. Most recently, Amy has collaborated with Blink-182’s Travis Barker on the incredible ‘C’MON’.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the 2020 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music.