ARIA Music Awards of 1987
The First Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as the ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) was held on 2 March 1987 at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney with Elton John as the host. The awards were introduced by ARIA Chairman, Paul Turner, who explained the nomination and voting procedures. Presenters of the 20 awards included, Slim Dusty, Basia Bonkowski and Donnie Sutherland, the ceremony was not televised. The most successful artist was John Farnham with his album (Whispering Jack) and its associated single, "You're the Voice" helping him win six awards.
Countdown was an Australian pop music TV series on national broadcaster ABC-TV from 1974–1987, it presented music awards from 1979–1987, initially in conjunction with magazine TV Week which had sponsored the previously existing 'King of Pop' Awards. After Cold Chisel performed at the 1980 awards ceremony, and then trashed their instruments and the set, sponsors TV Week withdrew their support and Countdown held its own awards ceremonies until the 1986 awards which were broadcast in 1987. The awards ceremony was co-produced by Carolyn James (aka Carolyn Bailey) during 1981–1984 in collaboration with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which provided peer voting for some awards. Countdown provided coupons in the related Countdown Magazine for viewers to vote for some awards including 'Most Popular Male Performer', 'Most Popular Female Performer', 'Most Popular Group' and 'Most Popular International Act'. At the 1985 awards ceremony (held in April 1986) fans of INXS and Uncanny X-Men scuffled and as a result ARIA decided to hold their own awards.
ARIA instituted its own entirely peer-voted Australian Record Industry Awards. The first awards ceremony was held on 2 March 1987 at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney with Elton John as the host. The awards were introduced by ARIA Chairman, Paul Turner, who explained the nomination and voting procedures. The eligibility period was for material released in the previous calendar year with the final five nominees determined by independent auditors, Deloitte, Haskin & Sells. Presenters of the 20 awards included John, Turner, promoter-manager Glenn Wheatley, Country music veteran Slim Dusty, Music Around the World host Basia Bonkowski, and Sounds Unlimited host Donnie Sutherland. The 1987 ceremony was not televised, host John recommended that it not be televised in future:
if you want to keep these awards fun. The only reason I agreed to do this is because it's not on television. If, in future years, you keep it like that, I think it means something more because it's much more personal.—Elton John
Awards and nominations
- Album of the Year
- Single of the Year
- Highest Selling Album
- Highest Selling Single
- Best Group
- Best Female Artist
- Best Male Artist
- Best New Talent
- Best Songwriter
- Neil Finn – Crowded House – "Mean to Me", "Don't Dream It's Over", "Now We're Getting Somewhere"
- Eric McCusker – Mondo Rock – "Rule of Three", John Farnham – "No One Comes Close"
- Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Michael Hutchence, Kirk Pengilly – INXS – "Listen Like Thieves"
- Paul Gray – Wa Wa Nee – "Stimulation", "I Could Make You Love Me"
- Paul Kelly – "Before Too Long"
- Best Country Album
- Best Indigenous Release
- Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Best Comedy Release
Fine Arts Awards
- Best Jazz Album
- Best Classical Album
- Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
- Producer of the Year
- Mark Opitz – Models – Models' Media, The Reels – "Bad Moon Rising", INXS & Jimmy Barnes – "Good Times", Noiseworks – No Lies, Jump Incorporated – Sex and Fame
- Alan Thorne – Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls – Gossip
- Brian Canham – Pseudo Echo – "Funky Town"
- Charles Fisher – Tango Bravo – "Blood Is the Colour", The Cockroaches – "Wait Up", Martin Plaza – Plaza Suite
- Ross Fraser – John Farnham – Whispering Jack, John Justin – "Flash King Cadillac"
- Engineer of the Year
- Best Video
- Best Cover Art
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