December 03, 2018

It’s the day after the 2018 ARIA Awards and all through the city of Sydney, there are artists, industry heads and music fans waking up bleary-eyed or battling their way through the day.

Rewind to yesterday afternoon and those eyes were still bright and glued to the red carpet where the who's who of Aussie pop and rock arrived for what would become one of the best ARIA's for years! Australian national treasure Nicole Kidman was in attendance, and Amy Shark cleaned up with several wins proving that the night truly belonged to some amazing women, including our very own Kasey Chambers and Rita Ora who both absolutely made jaws drop.

Aussie legend Kasey Chambers gave the performance of a lifetime just before being inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

Heralded by a trio of Aussie female musicians (Kate Miller Heidke, Missy Higgins and Amy Sheppard) singing Kasey’s iconic track “Not Pretty Enough” before panning to Kasey absolutely belting out "Ain’t No Little Girl". 

It was a riveting performance, with Kasey’s emotional performance leaving nary a dry eye in the house and elicited a roaring standing ovation from the audience.

And this was before the speeches even started!

Introduced by a beautiful, bespoke poem by Paul Kelly, Kasey delivered a speech (that she was keeping in her boot, of course) that thanked her Mum for her advice (“Being a bitch doesn’t make you strong and being strong doesn’t make you a bitch.”) and her Dad for his advice (“Don’t be a dickhead.”)

After also thanking the rest of the Chambers clan – including kids Talon, Poet and Arlo – Kasey gave a showstopping message to women in the music industry.

“I am so proud to have become a strong women in the music industry but I don’t think I’m standing up here because I’m a strong woman and I don’t think I’m standing up here despite being a strong woman,” she said.

“I actually think I’m standing up here because I’m just myself and that’s all any of us really needs to be.”

Not only did she steal the show with her induction, she also took home her 13th ARIA Award for Best Country Album for her latest album Campfire.

Bringing a little bit of international flare to the awards, actual goddess Rita Ora blessed the ARIAs with a performance of her massive hit “Let You Love Me”.

Rita’s backup dancers tore up the stage and a luscious stormy backdrop.

The bubbly Brit also gave up some of her time to present an award with host Keith Urban where they chatted her recent album Phoenix, her 28th birthday and her 2019 Aussie tour!

Then just like that, as soon as it started, it was over. See you in 2019, ARIA Awards!