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News March 29, 2023

Tina Arena, Budjerah Set to Perform at 2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards

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Tina Arena, Budjerah Set to Perform at 2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards

Legendary singer Tina Arena and superstar-on-the-up Budjerah join the line-up of performers for the 2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards, set for April 4 at The Argyle in Sydney.

The annual awards ceremony will once again be hosted by Alex Dyson, the former triple j breakfast host turned podcaster, organisers announced today (March 29).

Arena is, without argument, one of the Australian music industry’s leading lights — a living legend.

Tina Arena

Her 12-strong catalogue of studio album (including three recorded in the French language) have sold 10 million combined copies, and yielded seven ARIA Awards including the album of the year honor for her 1995 hit Don’t Ask, a category no other solo female artist had won at the time. 

Don’t Ask was the highest-selling album of 1995 in Australia and, with more than 1 million domestic sales, it remains one of the biggest-selling albums by an Australian female singer. 

Arena is also a big star in her adopted homeland, France, where she was awarded one of country’s highest civil decorations, the Ordre national du Mérite (French Order of Merit), for her contribution to the arts.

The former Young Talent Time was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Budjerah Bigsound


Also confirmed for the Rolling Stone Australia Awards is multiple-award winning singer and songwriter Budjerah.

The singer-songwriter and Coodjinburra man from the Bundjalung nation is a star on the rise, having won the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist award at the 2021 ARIA Awards, and the APRA Award in 2022 for most performed R&B/soul work of the year (“Higher”).

He’s nominated for best single and best new artist at the  2023 Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards, and recently supported Ed Sheeran on his record-breaking Australian stadium tour.

Poppy Reid

“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to host two Australian performers of the ilk of the emerging Budjerah and the legend that is Tina Arena,” says Poppy Reid, Editor in Chief of The Brag Media, publisher of Rolling Stone AU/NZ.

“Not only are they incredible performers, but they are a fantastic cross-section of the diverse offerings that have been born out of the Australian music scene over recent decades. I can’t wait to see them perform live next week!”

In addition to the previously-announced finalists, the shortlist for the Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award is unveiled today.

Boy & Bear, Lime Cordiale, Teenage Dads, The Wiggles, Daniel Johns, Tones And I, The Chats, CXLOE, Ruby Fields and San Cisco will face off in the category, voted on by Rolling Stone Australia subscribers.

As previously reported, the likes of Vance Joy, The Wiggles, Gang Of Youths, Spacey Jane and Keith Urban are multiple nominees for this year’s Shure Rolling Stone Australia Awards.

Alex Dysohn

Dyson returns as host after leading the 2022 party.

“I couldn’t be prouder to dust off my only collared shirt and help Rolling Stone celebrate 12 months of Australian musical achievement,” he comments.

“Our country continually punches above its weight when it comes to anthems, #choons and bangers, so honouring those who create them in collaboration with Australia’s finest music publication is an absolute privilege.”

Across the evening, awards will be presented for best single, best new artist, best record, Rolling Stone Global Award, and the Readers’ Choice Award.

Sponsors for the third annual event include headline partner Shure, alongside Australis, Canna, Panhead, JMC Academy, Brixton, and Jim Beam.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone AU/NZ features Amy Shark on the cover and is out now.


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