ARIA Music Awards of 1989
The Third Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as the ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) was held on 6 March 1989 at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney. First Australian host Greedy Smith of Mental As Anything was assisted by presenters George Martin and Jono & Dano to distribute 24 awards. There were no live performances and the awards were not televised.
Some significant changes were made for the third ARIA Awards. In addition to previous categories, "Breakthrough Artist – Single" and "Breakthrough Artist – Album" were added. The ARIA Hall of Fame inducted two artists: Dame Nellie Melba and Ross Wilson. An "Outstanding Achievement Award" was awarded to INXS and a "Special Achievement Award" was created and first awarded to Kylie Minogue.
- Highest Selling Album
- Best New Talent
- Breakthrough Artist – Single
- 1927 – "That's When I Think of You"
- Best Country Album
- John Williamson – The Boomerang Cafe
- Best Comedy Release
Fine Arts Awards
- Best Jazz Album
- Original Soundtrack – Wizards of Oz
- Best Classical Album
- Flederman – Flederman
- Best Children's Album
- Peter Combe – Newspaper Mama
- Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
- Various – Stringer
- Producer of the Year
- Ross Fraser
- Engineer of the Year
- Doug Brady
Outstanding Achievement Award
Special Achievement Award
ARIA Hall of Fame inductees
The Hall Of Fame inductees were:
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