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The best and WORST dressed stars at the ARIAs 2021 first digital show

From mullets to diamante-studded gloves, a blanket used as a jacket and gowns with hip splits: The best and WORST dressed stars of Australian music royalty walk the red carpet in the ARIAs first digital show

  • Australian music royalty have paraded down a red carpet in unique ensembles ahead of the 2021 ARIA Awards
  • The ceremony at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is without a physical audience due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions 
  • It is being streamed around the world on YouTube and broadcast on 9Now for those watching at home 

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Australian music royalty have seemingly taken Covid lockdown fashion as their inspiration at the 2021 ARIA Awards – but a select few hit all the right notes in simple and elegant styles.

Celebrities posed up a storm before the ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube and Channel Nine from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, with no regular red carpet or physical audience as pandemic restrictions continue to disrupt the normal structure of major events.  

Singer Amy Shark, who leads the nominations alongside hip hop newcomer Genesis Owusu with six each, arrived first in a tailored pair of black suit pants, a fuzzy bone-coloured cardigan buttoned up to the top of her chest and matching black nail polish.

While her Covid isolation-approved top knot would be rubber-stamped by all Australian residents who endured months of lockdown this year, it missed the mark in terms of event style, given this is the first substantial awards ceremony Down Under this year and she will be performing.

Too casual: Singer Amy Shark, who leads the nominations alongside hip hop newcomer Genesis Owusu with six each, arrived first in a tailored pair of black suit pants, a fuzzy bone-coloured cardigan buttoned up to the top of her chest and matching black nail polish

Brooke Boney smiled bright with a pair of cream-coloured trousers that grazed the carpet, a silk white blouse and plenty of bling in the form of a diamante-encrusted belt and rings, with the Today Showbiz reporter presenting 16 ARIA Awards in the first part of the broadcast

Gretta Ray certainly made her presence known with a risqué black gown with tactical cut outs at her hips and across her chest but it was perfectly balanced with minimal jewellery and a Delta Goodrem-inspired blonde fringe and tousled hair-do

Brooke Boney (left) smiled bright with a pair of cream-coloured trousers that grazed the carpet, a silk white blouse and plenty of bling in the form of a diamante-encrusted belt and rings while Gretta Ray (right) certainly made her presence known with a risqué black gown with tactical cut outs at her hips and across her chest

Siren Vera Blue (pictured) appeared to borrow a 1920s pair of diamante-encrusted gloves and a black tube top for the celebrity affair, pairing the look down with a fairy-inspired skirt that didn't hit the right notes

Siren Vera Blue (pictured) appeared to borrow a 1920s pair of diamante-encrusted gloves and a black tube top for the celebrity affair, pairing the look down with a fairy-inspired skirt that didn’t hit the right notes

Siren Vera Blue appeared to borrow a 1920s pair of diamante-encrusted gloves and a black tube top for the celebrity affair, pairing the look down with a fairy-inspired skirt that didn’t hit the right notes.

Hitmaker Vance Joy, who is up for five nominations, kept his look demure in a navy blue suit, white shirt and long grey tie with black formal shoes. It was a safe choice for the singer of Missing Piece – a song he is looking to win an award for tonight. 

Brooke Boney smiled bright with a pair of cream-coloured trousers that grazed the carpet, a silk white blouse and plenty of bling in the form of a diamante-encrusted belt and rings, with the Today Showbiz reporter presenting 16 ARIA Awards in the first part of the broadcast.

Gretta Ray certainly made her presence known with a risqué black gown with tactical cut outs at her hips and across her chest but it was perfectly balanced with minimal jewellery and a Delta Goodrem-inspired blonde fringe and tousled hair-do.

Ms Ray is vying for the Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist award after winning the national Triple J Unearthed radio competition for bands and songwriters in 2016 and catapulting herself into the spotlight.  

Hitmaker Vance Joy, who is up for five nominations, kept his look demure in a navy blue suit, white shirt and long grey tie with black formal shoes. It was a safe choice for the singer of Missing Piece - a song he is looking to win an award for tonight

Genesis Owusu used what looked to be a plush blanket as both a shirt and a jacket on Wednesday

Hitmaker Vance Joy (left) who is up for five nominations, kept his look demure in a navy blue suit, white shirt and long grey tie with black formal shoes. It was a safe choice for the singer of Missing Piece. Meanwhile Genesis Owusu used what looked to be a plush blanket as both a shirt and a jacket on Wednesday (right)

Cosmo Midnight showed off their eclectic style at the awards night by showing off a mullet and caramel-coloured suit

Alpha Wolf kept things bright and festive with a range of coloured suits, including an olive, stark white and maroon number

Cosmo Midnight (left) showcased their finest mullets while Alpha Wolf (right) kept things bright and festive in olive, stark white and maroon-tinted suits

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