Chart-topper Tones and I leads 2019 ARIA Awards nominations

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Chart sensation Tones and I looks set to clean up at this year’s ARIA Awards, after claiming a field-leading eight nominations including Song of the Year for her record-breaking hit Dance Monkey.

The Byron Bay-via-Melbourne singer also earned nods for Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release and Best Video, alongside nominations in the Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year categories.

Australian artist Tones and I at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival.

Australian artist Tones and I at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival.Credit:AAP

The surprise honours cap a remarkable year for the 19-year-old, real name Toni Watson, essentially fuelled off the strength of one hit.

Earlier this month, Dance Monkey – with its infectious Euro-pop beat and off-kilter vocals – broke Kylie Minogue's 32-year record for single with most weeks at No.1 1 by a female Australian artist after claiming its tenth consecutive week atop the ARIA Singles chart. It has now overtaken Justice Crew's Que Sera for the most weeks at No. 1 for any Australian artist. The song has also topped charts in the UK and much of Europe.

She also released her debut EP The Kids are Coming in August.

The rest of the leading field saw nominations split among established names and inspired newcomers.

Adelaide hip-hop veterans Hilltop Hoods and breakout Melbourne blues-rockers The Teskey Brothers each claimed seven nominations, including Album of the Year for The Great Expanse and Run Home Slow respectively.

Julia Jacklin and Thelma Plum, whose 2019 releases Crushing and Better in Blak were among the year’s most critically-acclaimed, each picked up six nominations including Best Female Artist.

The year's nominations also included an interesting wrinkle for 14-time winner Paul Kelly. The Aussie icon, who earned five nods, became the first artist to be nominated across three genres in the same year, earning honours for Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Adult Contemporary Album and claiming an early prize with collaborator James Ledger in the Best Classical Album category.

This year's ceremony, to be hosted by Guy Sebastian, will be streamed globally for the first time after the ARIAs announced a new partnership with YouTube in August. The winners will be revealed on Wednesday November 27 at Sydney's The Star.

The key nominations include:

Album Of The Year
Dean Lewis - A Place We Knew (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Hilltop Hoods - The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)
Thelma Plum - Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

Best Male Artist
Dean Lewis - A Place We Knew (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian - Choir (Sony Music Australia)
Hayden James - Between Us (Future Classic)
Matt Corby - Rainbow Valley (Matt Corby/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Paul Kelly - Nature (EMI Music Australia)

Best Female Artist
Amy Shark - Mess Her Up (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Jessica Mauboy - Little Things (Sony Music Australia)
Julia Jacklin - Crushing (Liberation Records)
Thelma Plum - Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Tones And I - Dance Monkey (Bad Batch Records/Sony Music)

Best Group
5 Seconds Of Summer - Easier (Interscope / EMI Music Australia)
Birds Of Tokyo - Good Lord (EMI Music Australia)
Hilltop Hoods - The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)

Breakthrough Artist
G Flip - About Us (Future Classic)
Stella Donnelly - Beware Of The Dogs (Stella Music/MGM)
The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records)
Thelma Plum - Better In Blak (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Tones And I - Dance Monkey (Bad Batch Records/Sony Music)

Song Of The Year presented by YouTube Music
5 Seconds Of Summer - Easier (Interscope/EMI Music Australia)
Amy Shark - Mess Her Up (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Birds Of Tokyo - Good Lord (EMI Music Australia)
Dean Lewis - 7 Minutes (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian - Choir (Sony Music Australia)
Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely (Hilltop Hoods/Universal Music Australia)
Kian - Waiting (EMI Music Australia)
Morgan Evans - Day Drunk (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Ocean Alley - Confidence (The Orchard)
Tones and I - Dance Monkey (Bad Batch Records/Sony Music)