Gang Of Youths Bask In Rock Glory At The 2017 ARIAs
It was a big night for one band from western Sydney at this year's ARIA Awards.
Gang Of Youths took home three of the night's awards including the big one, Album of the Year, for their second record Go Farther in Lightness.
Frontman David Le'aupepe reflected on the country's origins in his speech, paying respect to the indigenous community and the immigrant community, and his own heritage.
"We're Pacific Islanders and we're very proud of our heritage. We're not just big people with big voices, we are a strong people, a proud people and we're a loving community. We're not just useful on the footy field," he said.
After taking home the gongs for Best Group and Best Rock Album he said rock music had saved his life - a pretty fitting message on a night where rock dominated, from Jimmy Barnes' closing performance of AC/DC's High Voltage to Daryl Braithwaite's powerful performance of his hit song The Horses.
Braithwaite was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, joined by Vera Blue and Guy Sebastian onstage for the performance.
Gold Coast artist Amy Shark also had a big night, despite only releasing her EP Night Thinker this year.
"There were a lot of years when I was really frustrated by the industry ... I just wanted people to hear my music so bad," Shark said while picking up the award for Best Breakthrough Artist.
Shark also took home the award for Best Pop Release and performed her hit Adore.
Harry Styles won Best International Artist and performed his hit song Kiwi, but only after a technical hitch forced him to restart.
Lorde also performed a medley of her songs Liability and Green Light while Jessica Mauboy teamed up with surprise Song of the Year winners Peking Duk.
But it was Paul Kelly, along with indigenous duo A.B.Original and Dan Sultan, who took all the attention with their politically charged performance of Kelly's songs Life Is Fine and Dumb Things.
Kelly took out Male Artist of the Year for the third time and Best Adult Contemporary while A.B. Original also had a massive night, taking home two awards for their album Reclaim Australia.
"We made this album for our community, in our community, from our community," A.B. Original rapper Briggs said as they accepted their first award of the night for Best Urban Release for album Reclaim Australia.
"Change doesn't come from everyone being comfortable," he added.