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ARIA Music Awards of 1988

The Second Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as the ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) was held on 29 February 1988 at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney.[1][2][3] Cliff Richard was the host, with Bryan Ferry, Feargal Sharkey and Ian "Molly" Meldrum included as presenters of the 21 awards.[1] There were no live performances and the awards were not televised.[1] A fracas developed between manager Gary Morris, accepting awards for Midnight Oil, and former Countdown compere Meldrum who was presenting.[1]

Some significant changes were made for the second ARIA Awards. In addition to the categories for the inaugural year, "Best Children's Album" was added.[1] The ARIA Hall of Fame was also created, with six acts being inducted: AC/DC, Slim Dusty, Col Joye, Johnny O'Keefe, Dame Joan Sutherland and Vanda & Young.[1] Finally an "Outstanding Achievement Award" was created and first awarded to John Farnham.[1]

Ceremony details

Midnight Oil won "Best Cover Art" for Diesel and Dust and both "Best Single" and "Best Song" for "Beds Are Burning".[1][2] A fracas developed between manager Gary Morris, accepting awards for Midnight Oil, and former Countdown compere Ian "Molly" Meldrum who was presenting:[1][2]

I think Molly was a little precious. He was in awe of Bryan [Ferry], whereas I had an attitude about bringing over offshore artists to present at a local awards [...] I said something like, 'The Poms look at us as being pretty archaic down here, but we've got room service. You could have ordered an iron, mate'.[4]
—Gary Morris

Meldrum objected to Morris' political commentary from the podium and making jokes at the expense of Bryan Ferry who was wearing a (deliberately) crumpled suit:[1][2]

I pointed out that Gary was staying in one of the very expensive hotel rooms, on behalf of Midnight Oil [...] Then I said, 'If we're talking about disrespect, what was he doing up here accepting the awards and not Midnight Oil'. Then it all boiled over.[4]
—Ian Meldrum

Karen Middleton of The Canberra Times was disappointed by the ceremony where "[i]nsults flowed almost as freely as the wine and all three of the international guest presenters fell victim to flimsy jokes and foolishness".[2] She felt that Morris was "winner of the unofficial prize for least-liked personality. ... [he] aimed a poor one-liner at British presenter Bryan Ferry".[2] However the "greatest revelation of the evening proved that there are more sore losers in the business than the small screen would lead us to believe. When a winner happened to be a little unpopular, the beautiful people booed".[2]

Awards and nominations

Winners are listed first and bolded, other final nominees (where known) are listed alphabetically.[1][2][5]

ARIA Awards

  • Best Adult Contemporary Album

Fine Arts Awards

  • Best Jazz Album
  • Best Classical Album
    • Voss – Voss
  • Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
    • Original Australian Cast Recording – Nine

Artisan Awards

Outstanding Achievement Award

ARIA Hall of Fame inductees

The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees were:[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Winners by Year 1988". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Middleton, Karen (3 March 1988). "Music Awards: A Scratch on the Record". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (National Library of Australia). p. 23. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Australia 1988 ARIA Awards". Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, Jeff; Ian Meldrum (2007). Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 228–229. ISBN . Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "GOOD Times.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 11 February 1988. p. 23. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

External links

  • ARIA Awards official website
  • List of 1988 winners
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