There have been some unforgettable moments at the ARIA Awards for 2022, from heartfelt tributes to sensational wins and speeches.
One that shouldn’t be missed is Casey Donovan and Dami Im’s beautiful tribute to the late The Seekers singer-songwriter, Judith Durham, as well as Natalie Imbruglia’s emotional tribute to Olivia Newton-John.
Rising star Baker Boy also blew audiences away, taking home five ARIAs on the night.
Read about every moving moment below.
Watch the tribute performances and Baker Boy’s sensational win and speech above.
Casey Donovan and Dami Im’s tribute to Judith Durham
One of the many incredible artists remembered at the ARIAs tonight wasThe Seekers’ Judith Durham.
Durham passed away in August after a life-long battle with the chronic lung disease, bronchiectasis. She developed the disease as a four-year-old after contracting measles, which made the asthma she was born with even worse.
To pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and musician, two Aussie greats, Casey Donovan and Dami Im, took to the stage to perform some moving renditions of two of her greatest songs – I’ll Never Find Another You, performed by Donovan, and The Carnival Is Over, performed by Im.
The tribute to Uncle Archie Roach, and his posthumous win
Another beautiful moment from the night was the tribute to Uncle Archie Roach.
Led by Jessica Mauboy, young Indigenous artist Budjerah, and singer Thelma Plum, the trio performed a touching rendition of Roach’s song, One Song, which he released in February this year. He sadly passed away just a few months later on July 30.
Roach’s tribute was introduced by Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett and Indigenous Australian rapper Briggs.
Briggs said, “Uncle Arch was a giant for us – we walked through the doors that he and artists like him opened for us.
“His talent? Undeniable. A born storyteller. And beyond his masterful songs, those songs helped to heal individuals and communities and helped them find strength.” Watch below.
Baker Boy’s acceptance speech in Yolgnu Matha language
As well as taking home five incredible ARIA awards on the night, Indigenous rapper Baker Boy moved audiences with a touching acceptance speech which he delivered in both Yolgnu Matha and English.
The 26-year-old, whose real name is Danzal James Baker, won the award for Best Solo Artist, Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Release, Best Cover Art and Best Mixed Album.
Baker is the first Indigenous artist to gain success by performing in Yolgnu Matha language. Baker writes his own raps and songs, and performs in his traditional tongue and English.
You can watch his acceptance speech above.
The touching tribute to Olivia Newton-John
Finally, the tribute to Olivia Newton-John was of course, one of the most heartfelt moments of the night.
Torn singer Natalie Imbruglia led the performance, with a cover of Newton-John’s Hopelessly Devoted To You, and was joined by artists Tones and I, KYE and Peking Duk to perform a medley of the later singer’s best hits.
Tones and I took to the stage to perform You’re The One That I Want along with electronic duo Peking Duk, while Zimbabwe-born and Melbourne-raised singer KYE performed her hit Xanadu.
Nine’s Richard Wilkins gave a touching introduction to Newton-John, who he referred to as “incomparable”.
Newton-John’s only daughter, Chloe Lattanzi also gave a message to audiences via video call.
“Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum,” she said. “She was so grateful and so moved by all of the support that she received from Australia during her cancer battle. I just wanted to say thank you so much for remembering her so beautifully.”
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