Last night's ARIA awards caused headlines not just for The Veronica topless-and-covered-in-bodypaint performance... but for a whole different reason than you think
The ARIAs are always about celebrating the best of the Australian music industry, awarding the year's most popular, successful and deserving artists. While winners don't always mirror the way critics think, they are nonetheless a part of our (tiny) music industry landscape. But a curious thing happened last night - as winners like Flume, Troye Sivan, Sia and even surprise attendee Kylie took to the stage to collect awards or present - things took a turn for the political.
It's a trend that is being felt not just in Australia, but around the world as artists forgo the usual thanking of God and their mothers to publicly protest whatever moves them. Kanye West might be the reigning king of controversial statements, but at the recent award AMAs we've seen Green Day go anti-Trump, Selena Gomez get real about depression and anxiety... and even Gigi Hadid's cringe-y attempt to make fun of Melania Trump. We know musicians are passionate, deeply thoughtful and emotional creatures - but when did awards show become a platform for politics?
Here, to prove our point, we sum up the 6 most biggest political statements at last night's ARIA awards. Click through the gallery above to find out what they are.