MTV At The 2010 Aria Red Carpet

MTV At The 2010 Aria Red Carpet

With eight unforgettable live performances and 11 awards dished out to the greatest acts in Aussie music - the '2010 Aria Awards' more than lived up to it's hype!

Thousands of fans, industry insiders and local celebs descended upon the world famous Sydney Opera house for the hotly-anticipated music bash, hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Dylan Lewis.

Kicking off the night with a bang was Brisbane-born music legends Powderfinger.

The band, who bagged gongs for ‘Most Popular Australian Artist,’ and‘Most Popular Australian Album,’ well and truly rocked the house for their last ever live Australian TV performance.

Fresh from their 'Sunsets' farewell tour the lads, who’ve now got a total of 18 ARIA Awards to their name, wowed the crowd with their smash hit ‘Burn Your Name.’

Talking backstage about what’s coming up next for the group, frontman Bernard said,

“Nothing for a little while, I'm going to spend some time with my fmily, learn to speak Spanish properly then make another record.”

And guitarist Darren added, “I was thinking of the idea of the sitcom 'Friends', but doing Powderfinger!”

Also grinning from ear to ear tonight was superstar Megan Washington, who bagged her first ever ARIA Award for ‘Break Though Artist’ and ‘Best Female Artist.’

The songstress gushed, “I’m amazed, nervous and really happy.

“It feels very surreal and very exciting.”

And setting the crowd’s pulses racing with an electric performance, the hitmaker showed off some fancy footwork on top of a piano in super sexy a lingerie style number for hit ‘Sunday Best.’

Meanwhile, fresh from bagging the ‘Best Pop Release’ in the genre award category earlier this week, Sia took home the prize for ‘Best Independent Artist.’

No stranger to the ARIA stage, the singer took her win in her stride.

“To be given presents is always nice and that’s a very heavy metal present,” she laughed.

“It’s weird, it’s not really a measure of success in my life, it’s just nice.”

Taking to the stage after picking up her first gong of the night, the Adelaide star belted out crowd favourite ‘Clap Your Hands.’

Meanwhile brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone were also celebrating!

Fresh from their set on stage, they picked up the prizes for both 'Single of the Year,' for their smash hit 'Big Jet Plane' and'Album of the year' for the incredible 'Down The Way.'

And despite not being there on the night, The Temper Trap, were patting themselves on the back all the way from Los Angeles, as they picked up the publicly voted ‘Most Popular Australian Single’ for ‘Sweet Disposition’ and gong for ‘Best Group.’

The biggest local bash of the year also saw performances from the John Butler Trio, Guy Sebastian, Dan Sultan and Birds of Tokyo.

Celebrity presenters on the night included MTV’s very own Ruby Rose, Erin McNaught and Darren McMullen, US stunner Carmen Electra, songstress Jessica Mauboy and hitmaker Jason Derulo Check out the full list of '2010 Aria Award' winners below...

‘Most Popular Australian Single’ - The Temper Trap

‘Most Popular Australian Artist’ – Powderfinger

‘Break Though Artist’ – Washington

‘Best Independent Release’ - Sia

‘Best Group’ – The Temper Trap

‘Most Popular Australian Album’ – Powderfinger

‘Best Male Artist’ - Dan Sultan

‘Best International Artist – Mumford and Sons

‘Best Female Artist’ - Washington

‘Single of the Year’ – Angus & Julia Stone

‘Album of the Year’ - Angus & Julia Stone

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