The 25th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAs) were a series of award ceremonies which included the 2011 ARIA Artisan Awards, ARIA Hall of Fame Awards, ARIA Fine Arts Awards and ARIA Awards. The latter ceremony took place on 27 November at the Allphones Arena, Sydney, and was telecast on channel Go! at 7:30pm. The final nominees for ARIA Award categories were announced on 11 October as well as nominees and winners for Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards.
For the second time in ARIA Awards history, public votes were used for the categories, "Most Popular International Artist" and "Most Popular Australian Artist"; and for the first time for a new category "Most Popular Australian Live Artist".
^ abcdFour old categories were returned, "Breakthrough Artist – Single" and "Breakthrough Artist – Album" (replacing "Breakthrough Artist"), "Highest Selling Album" and "Highest Selling Single" (replacing the popularly voted "Most Popular Australian Album" and "Most Popular Australian Single" respectively). As of December 2013, the ARIA website does not display entries for Highest Selling Album or Highest Selling Single for 2011. Nominees according to Take 40 Australia, winners according to PagesDigital:
^ abcFor the second time in ARIA Awards history, the public voted in the categories for both "Most Popular International Artist" and "Most Popular Australian Artist". A new public voted category, "Most Popular Australian Live Artist" was introduced.
^ ab"Best Music DVD" category was moved to Fine Arts Awards from ARIA Awards section. Final nominees and winners were announced on 11 October 2011.
^The winners and nominees of the Artisan Awards were announced on 11 October 2011.