Another day, another Scene Award to hand out. This time we're taking a look at the best music that Australian acts have given us over the past 12 months. Two brother/sister duos, the most interesting new artist to come out of the country in 2010, arguably Australia's most loved band of the past twenty years and a universal critically acclaimed star are all in the running. Let's meet the nominees!
Angus and Julia Stone
It was the breakthrough year that most groups can only dream of. Their second studio release, Down the Way, topped the Australian album charts and quickly became the highest selling album of the year by an Australian act. Throughout the year they've gained a ton of international recognition, been featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy, won three ARIA Awards (including Album of the Year) and are strongly favoured to take out this year's JJJ Hottest 100 with the ARIA Award winning single, 'Big Jet Plane.'
They may be gone, but their 2010 'Sunsets Farewell Tour' ensured they wouldn't be forgotten.
Sia is another Australian artist that enjoyed a massive breakthrough year in 2010. Her most recent release, the incredible We Are Born, debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts to critical acclaim. It has since found a place on many 'best of' lists for the year, as has the single 'Clap Your Hands.'
How they are not one of the biggest groups in the country is beyond me. Former Killing Heidi rockers Ella and Jesse Hooper's new venture, The Verses, is simply one of the finest acts to come out of the country in a long time. Their debut album, Seasons, is flawless and showcases just how far Ella's songwriting has come since the old Heidi days.
Best new artist of 2010? Maybe. But is that enough for the intriguing Megan Washington to be named the Australian Artist of the Year? Let's find out... drumroll please!
Australian Artist of the Year