ARIA Music Awards of 1989

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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.[1][2] First Australian host Greedy Smith of Mental As Anything was assisted by presenters George Martin and Jono & Dano to distribute 24 awards.[1] There were no live performances and the awards were not televised.[1]

Some significant changes were made for the third ARIA Awards. In addition to previous categories, "Breakthrough Artist – Single" and "Breakthrough Artist – Album" were added.[1] The ARIA Hall of Fame inducted two artists: Dame Nellie Melba and Ross Wilson.[1] An "Outstanding Achievement Award" was awarded to INXS and a "Special Achievement Award" was created and first awarded to Kylie Minogue.[1]


Final nominees for the awards are not available in reliable sources, hence only winners are listed.[3][4]

ARIA Awards[edit]

  • Breakthrough Artist – Single
    • 1927 – "That's When I Think of You"

Fine Arts Awards[edit]

  • Best Jazz Album
    • Original Soundtrack – Wizards of Oz
  • Best Classical Album
    • Flederman – Flederman
  • Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
    • Various – Stringer

Artisan Awards[edit]

  • Producer of the Year[5]
    • Ross Fraser
  • Engineer of the Year
    • Doug Brady

Achievement awards[edit]

Outstanding Achievement Award[edit]

Special Achievement Award[edit]

ARIA Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

The Hall Of Fame inductees were:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year: 3rd Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Australia 1989 ARIA Awards". Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "1927 big chance in ARIA awards.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 16 February 1989. p. 33. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "New band shares industry honours.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 7 March 1989. p. 2. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "17th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 23 February 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2013.  Note: User may be required to access archived information by selecting 'The History', then 'By Award', 'Producer of the Year' and 'Option Show Nominations'.

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