Sia responds to “no show” criticism, is giving away her ARIA awards
UPDATE 17/11 ARIA have sent the following to statement to FL addressing Sia’s tweets:
ARIA congratulates Sia on being the winner of 4 ARIA Awards. ARIA would have loved for Sia to attend and we invited her to perform at the event, but unfortunately she couldn’t make it. Of her two Award wins that were televised, the Album Of The Year video acceptance footage was shown on air and Sia’s friend, Katy Perry accepted Best Female Artist on her behalf. We will be posting Sia’s acceptance speech videos online, as well as all the other videos of the awards that aren’t televised. They will be posted on ARIA socials once they have completed downloading.
The singer-songwriter announced her surprise giveaway on Twitter after defending her decision not to attend the event. “I made four thank you/acceptance videos for the ARIAS. They chose to show one. I’m saddened to be getting shit for being a no-show,” Sia told fans via Twitter. “On the upside, I won! Who wants one? First four people to document doing a good deed, I’ll send you an ARIA.”
Fans eager to claim one of Sia’s ARIAs to use as a door-stop or mantelpiece conversation starter have flooded the singer’s Twitter feed with reports of their charitable work – from feeding the homeless to buying their grandparents tickets to Fleetwood Mac. Even pop-superstar Ed Sheeran – who has been nominated for the Best International Artist ARIA for three years running without success – has responded to Sia’s call in an effort to finally collect an ARIA for his trophy cabinet.
The Adelaide-born, US-based artist won four major ARIAs: Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Video for ‘Chandelier’, as well as the coveted Telstra Album Of The Year for 1000 Forms of Fear, ahead of Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard and Chet Faker. She accepted her ARIA for Album Of The Year via pre-recorded message, while Katy Perry accepted the Best Female Artist honour on her behalf.
On the upside, I won! Who wants one? First four people to document doing a good deed, I'll send you an aria. GO!!!
— sia (@Sia) November 26, 2014
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) November 26, 2014