Music has been such a solid shoulder for us to learn on during this colossally trying year – especially the sounds of our homegrown artists, who have connected us via their ineffable talents and their powers of creating community.

This year’s ARIAs are a distanced affair, but that isn’t going to stop us from celebrating the best of Aussie music – and once again, we have a ripper comp for you to enter! Give us your winner-picks in our poll of the five major categories to go into the running to win a a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW True Wireless Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones.

ARIA Award winners will be announced and broadcast live at Sydney’s Star casino (with no physical audience) on November 25.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DMA’s, The Glow

Jessica Mauboy, Hilda

Lime Cordiale, 14 Steps To A Better You

Sampa The Great, The Return

Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

Tame Impala Slow RushWE PICK: TAME IMPALA

”It’s impossible to focus on anything else – even Insta scrolling! – while digesting The Slow Rush: an elegant, inventive masterpiece that conjures up sonic stardust with added ripple-dissolve flashback effects. Parker is in a class of his own.” – Bryget Chrisfield

Read the full review here.

BEST MALE ARTIST

Archie Roach, Tell Me Why

Guy Sebastian, Standing With You

Ruel, Free Time

The Kid LAROI, F-ck Love

Troye Sivan, In A Dream

WE PICK: TROYE SIVAN

“Mere moments into [In A Dream’s] opener, you’ll be hypnotised by Troye Sivan’s lilting, conversational vocal delivery… Sivan has created a sixtrack collection of pop perfection.” – Bryget Chrisfield

Read the full review here.

BEST FEMALE ARTIST

Amy Shark, Everybody Rise

Miiesha, Nyaaringu

Sampa The Great, The Return

Sia, Together

Tones and I, Bad Child/Can’t Be Happy All The Time

Sampa The Great The Returnalbum coverWE PICK: SAMPA THE GREAT

“Sampa the Great’s… landmark debut album [is] an arrival, a statement of intent… it is the sound of a globetravelling artist finding home within herself.” – Simon Winkler

Read the full review here.

BEST GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer, C A L M

DMA’s, The Glow

Lime Cordiale, 14 Steps To A Better You

Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

The Teskey Brothers, Live At The Forum

Album cover for Live At The Forum by The Teskey BrothersWE PICK: THE TESKEY BROTHERS

“Sweet ‘60s syncopation, dreamy rock ‘n’ roll, romantic Van Morrison-esque rhythm and blues, and tender neosoul compositions elevate the boys’ former folk leanings into gorgeous new territory.” – ZKR

Check out the album here.

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Alex The Astronaut, The Theory of Absolutely Nothing

Lime Cordiale, 14 Steps To A Better You

Mallrat, Driving Music

Miiesha, Nyaaringu

The Kid LAROI, F-ck Love

Album cover artwork for Nyaaringu by MiieshaWE PICK: MIIESHA

“[Nyaaringu] draws upon gospel, R&B, hip hop, soul and spoken word poetry to create something unique, universal, and profoundly personal.” – Simon Winkler

Read the full review here.