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The best, and most batshit, bits from the 2016 ARIAs

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The 30th annual ARIA Awards are done and dusted, with Flume proving to be the big winner after scoring five pointy statues for his second album Skin. There were no huge surprises throughout the night, but it wasn’t exactly a dull one.

Here’s a look at the most memorable moments from last night’s ceremony.

The ARIAs make some noise for marriage equality

For all the music industry’s bullshit, it’s good to see a platform like the ARIAs being used to speak out about meaningful issues that face Australians. A running theme through the night was a call for the government to get their arse into gear and embrace marriage equality. Sia won the ARIA for Best Female Artist, and rather do some dumb Carrot Top-starring gag, she used the moment to send Marriage Equality representative Angie Greene to deliver a speech that brought the house down.

While introducing Troye Sivan’s performance of ‘Youth’, Kylie Minogue made the call for marriage equality – as well as flashing a tee in support.

Troye also dedicated his win for Song Of The Year award to “Every gay kid who wants to go and make music, every LGBTIQ kid who wants to go and make music”.

Flume calls to Keep Sydney Open

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As mentioned, Flume made more than a few trips to the winners’ mic throughout the evening. He took the opportunity after scoring Best Dance Album to state the importance of Sydney’s nightlife for upcoming artists. “To our policy makers and our politicians –  please Keep Sydney Open to let the next generation have the same opportunities I had.”

Violent Soho absolutely loving the shit out of ‘You’re The Voice’

It’s no secret that Violent Soho are huge fans of Johnny Farnham’s signature tune – and what a fucken tune it is – having used it as their walk-on track for their most recent tour. And when Farnsy took to the stage last night, it looked like guitarist James Tidswell well and truly found his happy place.

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Flight Of The Conchords try to stop Crowded House from being inducted into the Hall Of Fame

Trying to put a stop to the grand Aussie tradition of claiming Kiwi acts as our own, Flight Of The Conchords made a welcome return to our screens, eventually embracing the honour to induct Neil and co. into the Hall Of Fame.

Gizz asking for a high profile courier

King Gizzard are busy gearing up for the weekend’s Gizzfest, so they were unable to grab their statue for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for Nonagon Infinity. But looks like they might have a courier lined up.

Violent Soho nearly miss out on Best Group after smashing bulk piss at the bar

The main event was a dry zone, so for anyone wanting to knock the top off a few it meant heading to the bar. That’s where Violent Soho were when the Best Group winner was announced, which turned out to be Violent Soho. I OH YOU label boss Johann Ponniah and the group’s partners instead took to the stage, biding a bit of time before the band eventually made it – cold ones in hand.