ARIA Music Awards of 2005
The 19th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) were held on 23 October 2005 at the Sydney Superdome at the Sydney Olympic Park complex, thus continuing the previous year's innovation of televising the awards on Sunday evening. A varied cast of presenters included Merrick and Rosso (who opened the televised show), stand-up comic Dave Hughes, Gretel Killeen and David Hasselhoff.
On 14 July 2005 ARIA sought to create a separate standalone 'ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame' event as only one or two acts could be inducted under the old format due to time restrictions. Six acts were inducted into the Hall of Fame in July with an additional act inducted at the following ARIA Music Awards in October.
Winners are highlighted in bold, other final nominees are in plain.
ARIA Awards 
- Album of the Year
- Single of the Year
- Best Male Artist
- Best Female Artist
- Best Group
- Highest Selling Album
- Highest Selling Single
- Breakthrough Artist – Album
- Breakthrough Artist – Single
- Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Best Blues & Roots Album
- Best Children's Album
- Best Comedy Release
- Best Country Album
- Best Dance Release
- Best Independent Release
- Best Music DVD
- Best Pop Release
- Best Rock Album
- Best Urban Release
Artisan Awards 
- Best Cover Art
- Ben Lee, Lara Meyerratken, Dan Estabrook – Ben Lee – Awake Is the New Sleep
- Cameron Bird – Architecture in Helsinki – In Case We Die
- Cathie Glassby – Missy Higgins – The Sound of White
- David Homer & Aaron Hayward, Debaser – Kisschasy – United Paper People
- Reg Mombassa – Paul Kelly & the Stormwater Boys – Foggy Highway
- Best Video
- Engineer of the Year
- Producer of the Year
Fine Arts Awards 
- Best Classical Album
- Best Jazz Album
- Best Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
- Best World Music Album
Hall of Fame inductees 
On 14 July 2005, ARIA sought to create a separate standalone 'ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame' event as only one or two acts could be inducted under the old format due to time restrictions. Since 2005 VH1 obtained the righs to broadcast the ceremony live on Foxtel, Austar and Optus networks; and each year five or six acts were inducted into the Hall of Fame with an additional act inducted at the following ARIA Music Awards. The following were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in July:
- Smoky Dawson inducted by Jack Thompson
- The Easybeats inducted by Billy Thorpe
- Renée Geyer inducted by Michael Gudinski
- Hunters & Collectors inducted by Peter Garrett
- Normie Rowe inducted by Ian Meldrum
- Split Enz inducted by John Clarke
Inducted at the October ceremony:
The following artists performed during the 2005 ARIA Awards:
- Rogue Traders – "Voodoo Child"
- Thirsty Merc – "Someday, Someday"
- Evermore – "It's Too Late"
- Anthony Callea – "The Prayer"
- Missy Higgins – "The Sound of White"
- Grinspoon – "Hard Act to Follow"
- Neil Finn – "Better Be Home Soon" (Tribute to the late Paul Hester, who was in Split Enz and Crowded House with Finn)
- Ben Lee – "Catch My Disease"
- Jimmy Barnes – "Working Class Man"
Channel V 
Judging academy 
In 2005, the generalist categories were determined by the "voting academy", which consisted of about 1000 representatives from across the music industry. Members of the academy are kept secret. Membership is by invitation only. An individual record company may have up to eight members on the academy. The only artists eligible to vote are winners and nominees from the previous year's awards. (See pie chart at right.)
See also 
- "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2005: 19th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- "Australia 2005 ARIA Awards". ALLdownunder.com. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
- "ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
- Australian Associated Press (AAP) (30 May 2005). "ARIAs Hall of Fame". The Age (Fairfax Media).
- "Saturday Breakfast RN - 16 July 2005 - ARIA Hall of Fame". Saturday Extra. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 16 July 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Nimmervoll, Ed. "Jimmy Barnes". Howlspace. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Retrieved 7 April 2010.