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ARIA Awards move to the Opera House and launch four public vote awards

With just over three weeks until the 2010 ARIA Awards take place at the iconic Sydney Opera House on November 7,  after an eight year stint of being held at Sydney Oylmpic Park’s Acer Arena. Additionally voting has now opened for the four Publicly Voted ARIA Awards presented by V Energy Drink.

At 12 noon today (Thursday, 14 October), Australian music fans have the first ever opportunity to determine who will take home four Publicly Voted ARIA Awards presented by V Energy Drink.

In three of these categories – Most popular Australian Single, Most Popular Australian Album and Most Popular International Artist– the final nominees are based on the top selling singles and albums in the eligibility period (Friday, 28 August, 2009, to Saturday, 21 August, 2010 inclusive). The remaining category is Most Popular Australian Artist and the nominees for this Award are pooled from the finalists in 26 categories of this year’s ARIA Awards (excluding ARIA Artisan Awards nominees).

The winners of these four Awards, as determined by Australian music fans, will be announced during the telecast for the 2010 ARIA Awards on Network Ten from 8.30pm on Sunday, 7 November.

For the first time since its inception as a standalone event, the ARIA Hall of Fame is welcomed to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday, 27 October.

The Sydney Opera House promises to be turned inside out as Network Ten airs the event  live from the Opera House Forecourt and Concert Hall for the frist time ever.

“The great thing about the ARIAs is our ability to evolve,” said ARIA Chairman, President and CEO of Warner Music Australasia, Ed St John. “ We’ve come a long way from our modest beginnings. The last eight years at Acer Arena have been brilliant, but it’s now time to take this event to a whole new level. The ARIAs at the Sydney Opera House will be utterly spectacular, and it could only be possible with the commitment of Network 10 and the generous assistance of Events NSW.”

With performances and special guest presenters to be announced, fans can expect as unique a broadcast as ever with eleven Awards, six performances, incredible production values and a stellar backdrop that promises to deliver an exciting event.

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