ARIA Music Awards of 2006
The 20th annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) were held on 29 October 2006 at the Acer Arena at the Sydney Olympic Park complex. Presenters on the night included James Mathison, Johnny Knoxville, Jesse McCartney and John Mayer.
Axle Whitehead controversy
Video Hits host Axle Whitehead exposed himself and simulated masturbation on an ARIA trophy as the winners of the awards for Highest Selling Single and Highest Selling Album made their way to the stage in front of an audience of up to 10,000. The incident was edited from the telecast of the awards. Whitehead announced three days after the awards that he had resigned from Network Ten.
Awards and nominations
Winners are highlighted in bold, other final nominees shown in plain.
- Album of the Year
- Single of the Year
- Best Female Artist
- Best Male Artist
- Best Group
- Highest Selling Album
- Highest Selling Single
- Best 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
- Best Cover Art
- Alison Smith, Chris Cheney – The Living End – State of Emergency
- Dane Lovett, Dave Snow – Eskimo Joe – Black Fingernails, Red Wine
- Debaser – Bernard Fanning - "Wish You Well"
- Luke Steele, James Bellesini, Love Police – The Sleepy Jackson - Personality – One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird
- The Grates – The Grates – Gravity Won't Get You High
- Best Video
- Engineer of the Year
- Producer of the Year
Fine Arts Awards
- Best Classical Album
- Amelia Farrugia — Joie De Vivre
- Nikki Vaskilakis, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing — Mendelssohn, Bruch, Ravel
- Richard Tognetti — Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
- Simon Tedeschi, The Queensland Orchestra, Richard Bonynge — Piano Concertos: Tchaikovsky, Grieg
- Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan — The Queensland Orchestra — Brett Kelly — Rodrigo Guitar Concertos
- Best Jazz Album
- Best Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
- Best World Music Album
Hall of Fame inductees
- Daddy Cool inducted by singer-songwriter, Tim Finn
- Divinyls inducted by actor, Hugh Jackman
- Icehouse inducted by singer-songwriter, Tim Freedman
- Lobby Loyde inducted by band mate, Billy Thorpe
- Helen Reddy inducted by actor, Toni Collette
- Rose Tattoo inducted by musician, Sarah McLeod
Inducted on 29 October:
The following artists performed on stage during the 2006 ARIA Awards:
- Eskimo Joe
- The Veronicas
- Human Nature
- Hilltop Hoods
- Youth Group
- Pete Murray (featuring John Mayer)
- Bernard Fanning (featuring Kasey Chambers and Clare Bowditch)
Channel V Oz Artist of the Year award
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