To the surprise of very few people playing along at home, massively popular The Kid Laroi and the critically-acclaimed Genesis Owusu have taken home two of the biggest awards in Australian music at this year’s ARIA Awards.

In a markedly different setting this year, the 35th iteration of the ARIAs played out in the picturesque setting of Taronga Zoo with music fans streaming the show on both YouTube and 9Now in lieu of the traditional TV broadcast.

Hear the music behind the winners on iHeartAustralia:

Genesis Owusu’s much-heralded album ‘Smiling With No Teeth’ took home gongs for Best Hip Hop Release, Best Independent Release and the coveted Album Of The Year. Meanwhile, The Kid Laroi was awarded Best Artist, beating the likes of Kylie Minogue, Amy Shark, Tones and I and Keith Urban for the prize.

“Just checking back in and dude how good is Australian Music and tonight has been such an incredible night,” The Kid Laroi said in a pre-recorded speech.

“I feel so blessed and overwhelmed, over the love and support. It’s incredible that I’m getting this much love especially from home, that means the world to me … When I started this all I wanted to do was bring up the culture and show the world how good Australian music was.”


Rüfüs Du Sol won the award for Best Group over Aussie rock royalty AC/DC and Midnight Oil, while Crowded House proved that their Farewell To The World tour 25 years ago was way too premature, winning the gong for Best Adult Contemporary Album.


Here’s your full list of last night’s ARIA Award winners:

Album Of The Year – Smiling With No Teeth, Genesis Owusu

Best Artist – The Kid Laroi

Breakthrough Artist – Budjerah


Best Pop Release – Stay (with Justin Bieber), The Kid Laroi

Best Hip Hop Release – Smiling With No Teeth, Genesis Owusu

Best Independent Release – Smiling With No Teeth, Genesis Owusu

Best Soul/R & B Release – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3, Tkay Maidza

Best Dance Release – Alive, Rufus Du Sol

Best Group – Rufus Du Sol


Best Rock Album – Today We’re The Greatest, Middle Kids

Best Adult Contemporary Album – Dreamers Are Waiting, Crowded House

Best Country Album – The World Today, Troy Cassar-Daley

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album – Deep States, Tropical F*** Storm

Best Blues & Roots Album – The Songs Of Charcoal Lane, Archie Roach

Best Children’s Album – Bluey The Album


Public Voted Awards:

Best Video – Missing Piece, Vance Joy

Best Australian Live Act – Lime Cordiale

Song of the Year – Booster Seat, Spacey Jane

Most Popular International – Taylor Swift

Artisan Awards:


Best Cover Art – Kofi Ansah (Genesis Owusu) and Bailey Howard for Genesis Owusu

Engineer of the Year – Konstantin Kersting

Producer Of The Year – Konstantin Kersting and The Rubens

Fine Arts Awards

Best Classical Album – Bower, Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire

Best Jazz Album – Automatic, Mildlife


Best World Music Album – Hope Is An Empty City, Joseph Tawadros