Sia sweeps 2014 ARIA Awards with 1000 Forms of Fear
SHE might not have been in attendance, but Sia made her mark on tonight's ARIA Awards in Sydney.
The Adelaide native, full name Sia Furler, had the biggest awards haul of the evening, winning four of the six categories in which she was nominated.
The 38-year-old songwriter to the stars won two of the most coveted awards of the night, Album of the Year and Best Pop Release, for her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear.
Furler made the album on the conditions she would not tour or make any public appearances, instead opting to sing facing away from the camera for a few select TV performances.
Her hit single Chandelier also earned her the publicly-voted Best Video, while American pop star Katy Perry accepted the Best Female Artist Award on Sia's behalf.
"Unfortunately she could not be here, she's in LA, but I'll be there on the 21st so I can take it; I love you," Perry said.
Melbourne electronica musician Chet Faker, who was nominated for nine awards for his debut album, took home two gongs for Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release.
Hot on the heels of their American Music Awards win, Sydney teen phenomenon 5 Seconds of Summer nabbed Song of the Year for She Looks So Perfect, their live performance of which opened the show.
"This is the first award our parents have seen us get... so this is very special," said Calum Hood.
Ashton Irwin added: "Every single Australian who got behind us from the beginning, we're just from Sydney and it's incredible what's happened to us and we can't thank you enough."
Fellow AMA winner Iggy Azalea was named Breakthrough Artist, although the Northern Rivers-raised rapper didn't travel to Sydney to accept the award in person.
After sending fans into a meltdown of screams and tears on the red carpet, British boy band One Direction won the Best International Artist gong for the third straight year.
Molly Meldrum, who celebrates 50 years in the music industry this year, and his groundbreaking music chart show Countdown were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, while ARIA Chairman and Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin was presented with the ARIA Industry Icon Award.
"It's an absolute honour to accept this on behalf of the team... it wasn't me it was them," Meldrum said of his Countdown colleagues.
"I'm just like everyone in this room. I'm here with you for the same reason. I'm here because I love music. I'm a fan of music... it's my passion; it's my life."
Meldrum also took a moment to acknowledge his love of sport, in particular cricket, and to pass on his well wishes to critically injured cricketer Phil Hughes.
"To Phillip Hughes, our prayers are with you and your family," he said.
"May you have Godspeed to recover, please."
2014 ARIA Awards winners
Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear
Album of The Year
Best Female Artist
Best Pop Release
Best Video presented by YouTube - Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill
Chet Faker - Built On Glass
Best Male Artist
Best Independent Release
Sheppard - Bombs Away
Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect
ARIA Song Of The Year
Neil Finn And Paul Kelly - Goin' Your Way
Best Adult Contemporary Album
John Butler Trio - Flesh And Blood
Best Blues and Roots Album
The Wiggles - Apples & Bananas
Best Children's Album
Buddy Goode - It's A Buddy Goode Christmas
Best Comedy Release
Kasey Chambers - Bittersweet
Best Country Album
Peking Duk Featuring Nicole Millar - High
Best Dance Release
DZ Deathrays - Black Rat
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Dan Sultan - Blackbird
Best Rock Album
Hilltop Hoods - Walking Under Stars
Best Urban Album
Best Live Australian Act
Best International Artist
Molly Meldrum and Countdown
ARIA Hall of Fame
ARIA Industry Icon Award