ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Album

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ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Album
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1989
Last awarded2011
Currently held byBoy & Bear, Moonfire (2011)

The ARIA Music Award for Breakthrough Artist – Album is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."[2] The award is given to an Australian group or solo artist who has had an album appear in the ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart between the eligibility period, and is voted for by a judging academy, which comprises 1000 members from different areas of the music industry. However, "artists and groups are not eligible if they, or any member of the group, has previously been a final five (5) nominee in any ARIA Awards category with an album, or if they have been in a group that has previously been a final five (5) nominee with an album, or if they have had a previous Top 50 Album in the ARIA Album Chart."[3]

The award for Breakthrough Artist – Album was first presented to 1927 and Rockmelons in 1989 for their albums ...Ish (1988) and Tales of the City (1988), respectively.[4] Boy & Bear were the last act to receive the accolade in 2011 for their album Moonfire (2011).[4] This, and the Breakthrough Artist – Single was merged in 2012 to form a single award for Breakthrough Artist – Release.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface. All reliable sources used in this article make no mention of nominees prior to 1992.[4]

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Album Title
1927 ...Ish
Rockmelons Tales of the City
Catfish Unlimited Address
Kylie Minogue Kylie
Schnell Fenster The Sound of Trees
Ian Moss Matchbook
Gyan Gyan
Johnny Diesel & The Injectors Johnny Diesel & The Injectors
The Hummingbirds loveBUZZ
Max Q Max Q
Margaret Urlich Safety in Numbers
Absent Friends Here's Looking Up Your Address
Wendy Matthews Émigré
Archie Roach Charcoal Lane
Southern Sons Southern Sons
Baby Animals Baby Animals
Clouds Penny Century
Deborah Conway String of Pearls
Richard Pleasance Galleon
Ratcat Blind Love
Frente! Marvin the Album
Chris Wilson Landlocked
Company of Strangers Company of Strangers
The Dukes Harbour City
Rick Price Heaven Knows
The Badloves Get On Board
Peter Andre Peter Andre
The Sharp This Is The Sharp
Things of Stone and Wood The Yearning
Tiddas Sing About Life
Silverchair Frogstomp
Christine Anu Stylin' Up
D.I.G. Deeper
Max Sharam A Million Year Girl
Vika and Linda Vika and Linda
Regurgitator Tu-Plang
Ammonia Mint 400
Deni Hines Imagination
Merril Bainbridge The Garden
Pollyanna Long Player
Savage Garden Savage Garden
The Earthmen Love Walked In
Human Nature Telling Everybody
Leonardo's Bride Angel Blood
Rebecca's Empire Way of All Things
Natalie Imbruglia Left of the Middle
Cordrazine From Here to Wherever
Grinspoon Guide to Better Living
Jebediah Slightly Odway
The Superjesus Sumo
The Living End The Living End
Bachelor Girl Waiting for the Day
Gerling Children of Telepathic Experiences
Marie Wilson Real Life
Not from There Sand on Seven
Killing Heidi Reflector
Alex Lloyd Black the Sun
Sonic Animation Orchid for the Afterworld
Taxiride Imaginate
Vanessa Amorosi The Power
The Avalanches Since I Left You
28 Days Upstyledown
Augie March Sunset Studies
John Butler Trio Three
Lo-Tel Planet of the Stereos
George Polyserena
1200 Techniques Choose One
Dan Brodie and the Broken Arrows Empty Arms, Broken Hearts
Eskimo Joe Girl
The Vines Highly Evolved
Delta Goodrem Innocent Eyes
Amiel Audio Out
Pete Murray Feeler
The Sleepy Jackson Lovers
The Waifs Up All Night
Jet Get Born
The Cat Empire The Cat Empire
Dallas Crane Dallas Crane
Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males Sing the Tabloid Blues
Xavier Rudd Solace
Missy Higgins The Sound of White
Evermore Dreams
Lior Autumn Flow
Little Birdy BigBigLove
Sarah Blasko The Overture & the Underscore
Wolfmother Wolfmother
The Grates Gravity Won't Get You High
Hilltop Hoods The Hard Road
Rogue Traders Here Come the Drums
The Veronicas The Secret Life Of...
Sneaky Sound System Sneaky Sound System
Airbourne Runnin' Wild
Expatriate In the Midst of This
Josh Pyke Memories & Dust
Kate Miller-Heidke Little Eve
Gabriella Cilmi Lessons to Be Learned
Angus & Julia Stone A Book Like This
Midnight Juggernauts Dystopia
Operator Please Yes Yes Vindictive
Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
Ladyhawke Ladyhawke
C. W. Stoneking Jungle Blues
Jessica Mauboy Been Waiting
Lisa Mitchell Wonder
The Temper Trap Conditions
No award given[A]
Boy & Bear Moonfire
Drapht The Life of Riley
Gypsy & The Cat Gilgamesh
Oh Mercy Great Barrier Grief
The Middle East I Want That You Are Always Happy


A^ : In 2010, the Breakthrough Artist - Album award was merged with the Breakthrough Artist - Single accolade to form a sole award for Breakthrough Artist.[6]


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners By Award - 26th ARIA Awards 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ "2012 ARIA Awards - 29th November". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ Purdie, Ross (28 September 2010). "ARIA nominations announced at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music". News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 13 August 2013.

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