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ARIA drops gender-based awards for 2021 live stream event

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have announced details for their 2021 awards event including the removal of gender-based awards.

This year the ARIA awards will be live-streamed in partnership with YouTube Music on Wednesday the 24th of November.

Annabelle Herd, ARIA Chief Executive that ARIA is determined to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Aussie artists and industry professionals who released music this year.

“COVID will not stop us from recognising the outstanding achievements of ARIA Award nominees in 2021 and spotlighting the strength and resilience of our amazing local music industry. Even after an extremely difficult year, nothing can keep this industry down, and we hope to capture and pay homage to that spirit through the premium digital show that we have planned for this unique year,” Herd said.

The Association also announced that they will replace the Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist award categories with overarching and inclusive award categories for Best Artist.

ARIA says that the change was made to ensure that the Awards reflect the diversity of the music industry in 2021 and guarantee all artists have the opportunity to achieve recognition on an equal platform.

Natalie Waller, ARIA Chair, said that the decision was an organic step for the future of ARIA.

“A key principle of ARIA and the Australian music community is that peers are given equal opportunity and treated to the unity they deserve. Therefore, we are incredibly proud to enter the next chapter of ARIA’s ever-evolving journey by removing the gender-based award categories, reconstructing the way in which the event has been traditionally held,” Waller said.

In addition to the removal of the gender-based categories from the ARIA Awards, the category of Engineer and Producer Of The Year Award has been amended to allow engineers and producers to be nominated for a body of work.

The ARIA Awards will be live-streamed on Youtube on Wednesday 24th November.