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News March 24, 2021

ARIA remembers Michael Gudinski with annual award

Senior Journalist, B2B
ARIA remembers Michael Gudinski with annual award

Michael Gudinski’s influence and impact on the music industry will live on at the ARIA Awards, where an award will forever bear his name.

Beginning with the 2021 ceremony, the Best Breakthrough Artist trophy will be presented as the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist ARIA Award.

“On recommendation of the ARIA Chairman and fully endorsed by the ARIA Board,” says ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd in a statement, “we are very pleased to rename one of the most coveted ARIA Awards in Michael Gudinski’s honour.”

News of ARIA’s award carrying MG’s name was announced Wednesday morning (24th March), just hours out from Gudinski’s state memorial at the Rod Laver Arena.

Gudinski, a titan of Australia’s music industry ever since he launched the Mushroom brand at the age of 20, passed away earlier this month. He was 68.

Michael Gudinski

In the weeks since in March 2 passing, “we have seen an outpouring of love, respect and admiration from so many around the world for the late Michael Gudinski who was a pioneer and true legend that changed the face of the Australian music industry,” said Denis Handlin, chairman of ARIA.

Handlin pays tribute to Gudinski’s passion for breaking Australian artists and for “putting them on a world stage and he had a proud history of success in doing so.”

The award, he continues, “is the most appropriate honour for ARIA to bestow as it recognises Michael’s profound impact on Australian artists, and the memories and legacy he created.”

The ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist was first presented in 1987, before the award was split into two, being Breakthrough Album and Breakthrough Single in 1989.

The awards were then merged under the single “Best Breakthrough Artist Award” in 2010.

Gudinski’s signings have had a long and fruitful history in snaring the category.

Mushroom Group signings The Badloves, Frente, George, Deni Hines, Ian Moss and Youth Group are among the “breakthrough” winners in years past.

The state memorial will be livestreamed from 7:07pm AEDT. Details are below.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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