|1991 ARIA Music Awards|
|Date||25 March 1991|
|Venue||Darling Harbour Convention Centre,|
Sydney, New South Wales
The Fifth Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as the ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) was held on 25 March 1991 at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney. International host Bob Geldof was assisted by presenters to distribute 24 awards. There were live performances but the awards were not televised and the ceremony was noted for its three-hours plus length with Gary Morris, manager of Midnight Oil providing a 20-minute acceptance speech.
In addition to previous categories, "Lifetime Achievement Award" was created and first awarded posthumously to record producer and Albert Productions label owner, Ted Albert (who died in November 1990); an "Outstanding Achievement Award" was presented to Midnight Oil. The ARIA Hall of Fame inducted four artists: Don Burrows, Peter Dawson, Glenn Shorrock and Billy Thorpe.
Host Bob Geldof found the three-hour plus ceremony to be interminable and threatened to walk out. Midnight Oil's manager, Gary Morris, provided the longest acceptance speech of the night at 20 minutes. Morris later stated that because the ceremony was not televised he decided to speak his mind. Music commentator, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, disapproved of Morris' speech length—they had already had a fracas at the ARIAs in 1988—Meldrum provided an even longer acceptance speech in 1993.
The winners are listed in bold.
- Album of the Year
- Single of the Year
- Highest Selling Album
- Highest Selling Single
- Best Group
- Best Female Artist
- Best Male Artist
- Best New Talent
- Breakthrough Artist – Album
- Breakthrough Artist – Single
- Best Country Album
- Best Independent Release
- Best Indigenous Release
- Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Best Comedy Release
Fine Arts Awards
- Best Jazz Album
- Best Classical Album
- Stuart Challender, Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sculthorpe: Orchestral Works
- Best Children's Album
- Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Recording
- Song of the Year
- Producer of the Year
- Engineer of the Year
- Best Video
- Best Cover Art
Lifetime Achievement Award
Outstanding Achievement Award
ARIA Hall of Fame inductees
The Hall Of Fame inductees were:
- The full title for this album is Mrs Bottle's Absolutely Blurtingly Beautiful World-Beating Burp.
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