All The Winners From The 2021 ARIA Awards

24 November 2021 | 8:30 pm | Staff Writer

"Our artists are smashing it here and overseas and we can't wait to see them bringing the joy of live music back to audiences in 2022."

The winners of the 2021 ARIA Awards have been revealed, with Genesis Owusu dominating this year’s event.

After winning big at the J Awards last week, Genesis Owusu has claimed Album Of The Year, Best Hip Hop Release and Best Independent Release for Smiling With No Teeth, an album that also claimed Best Cover Art, thanks to Kofi Ansah and Bailey Howard.

Tonight’s ARIAs were held at Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo on Cammeraigal land and broadcast via YouTube and 9Now and featured performances from a number of award winners, including The Kid LAROI, who picked up Best Artist and Best Pop Release for Stay, and Budjerah, who won the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist award, which was presented by Ed Sheeran in a special video tribute to the late Michael Gudinski.

Following their Grammy nomination earlier today (alongside The Kid LAROI), RÜFÜS DU SOL were awarded Best Group, as well as Best Dance Release for Alive, while Song Of The Year went to Spacey Jane for their megahit Booster Seat and Best Australian Live Act was taken out by Lime Cordiale.

Other winners throughout the night included Archie Roach, Tkay Maidza, Troy Cassar-Daley, Middle Kids, Crowded House, Tropical Fuck Storm, Bluey (yes, that Bluey) and stacks more, all of which have been listed below.

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“The 2021 ARIA Awards have shown once again what incredible world-class music talent we have in Australia,” ARIA Chief Executive Annabelle Herd said.

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for your outstanding success and achievement even through a really difficult time. Our artists are smashing it here and overseas and we can't wait to see them bringing the joy of live music back to audiences in 2022.“

Check out the full list of winners below.


Album Of The Year
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth (OURNESS / AWAL)

Best Artist
The Kid LAROI - Stay (with Justin Bieber) (Columbia/Sony Music)

Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist
Budjerah - Budjerah (EP) (Warner Music Australia)

Best Pop Release
The Kid LAROI - Stay (with Justin Bieber) (Columbia/Sony Music)

Best Hip Hop Release Presented By Menulog
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth (OURNESS / AWAL)

Best Independent Release Presented by PPCA
Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth (OURNESS / AWAL)

Best Soul/R&B Release
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)

Best Dance Release
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Alive (Rose Avenue Records/Reprise/Warner Music)

Best Group 
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Alive (Rose Avenue Records/Reprise/Warner Music)

Best Rock Album
Middle Kids - Today We're The Greatest (EMI Music Australia)

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Crowded House - Dreamers Are Waiting (EMI Music Australia)

Best Country Album
Troy Cassar-Daley - The World Today (Tarampa Music / Sony Music)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Tropical F**k Storm - Deep States (TFS Records/Virgin Music)

Best Blues & Roots Album
Archie Roach - The Songs Of Charcoal Lane (Bloodlines/Mushroom)

Best Children's Album 
Bluey - Bluey The Album - (Ludo Studios / Demon Music Group / BBC Studios / Rocket)


Best Video presented by YouTube Music
Missing Piece - Vance Joy, Annelise Hickey (Liberation Records/Mushroom Group)

Best Australian Live Act presented by Heaps Normal 
Lime Cordiale - Relapse Tour (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)

Song of the Year presented by YouTube Music 
Spacey Jane - Booster Seat (AWAL Recordings)

Most Popular International
Taylor Swift - Evermore (Universal Music Australia)

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award 
Zoë Barry - Sacred Heart School, Melbourne VIC


Best Cover Art

Kofi Ansah & Bailey Howard for Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth (OURNESS / AWAL)

Engineer Of The Year 
Konstantin Kersting

Producer Of The Year
Konstantin Kersting & The Rubens


Best Classical Album

Genevieve Lacey and Marshall McGuire - Bower (ABC Classic / Universal)

Best Jazz Album 
Mildlife - Automatic (Inertia Music / [PIAS])

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album
Angus & Julia Stone - Life Is Strange (BMG/WMG)

Best World Music Album
Joseph Tawadros  - Hope In An Empty City  (Independent / The Planet Company)