Silverchair at the ARIAs
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Silverchair At The ARIAs

April 21, 2020

Over their career, the trio set some impressive ARIA records.

Newcastle’s Silverchair achieved a lot in their nearly 20 years as a group.

Meeting at school, the band landed their big break in 1994 when they won a national demo competition run by SBS TV show Nomad and radio station Triple J.

Their winning song ‘Tomorrow’ became their debut single. It spent six straight weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart at the end of 1994. In April 1995, they released their debut album Frogstomp, which went straight to #1, spending a total of three weeks there.


At the 1995 ARIA Awards, the band were nominated for nine awards, taking home five, including Single Of The Year for ‘Tomorrow’. Leaving others to pick up their awards - including Josh Shirley, the seven-year-old son of Frogstomp producer Kevin Shirley - Silverchair eventually appeared onstage at the very end of the show to perform a cover of Radio Birdman’s ‘New Race’ with You Am I’s Tim Rogers.


1997 saw Silverchair return with Freak Show, giving them their second #1 album. Its lead single ‘Freak’ spent two weeks at #1 in Jan./Feb. of that year. The band were nominated for six ARIA awards that year, winning Best Cover Art. They also performed ‘Freak’ at the show.


Third album Neon Ballroom became their third #1 album, when it was released in 1999. It earned Silverchair nine ARIAs nominations, of which they won Best Engineer.


Diorama topped the Albums Chart for one week in 2002. Silverchair’s fourth album gave the band eleven ARIAs nominations across 2002 and 2003, of which they won five. They also provided one of the most memorable moments of the 2002 ceremony: performing ‘The Greatest View’.

Silverchair next returned to the ARIAs in 2006, though they weren’t nominated for any awards. Instead, they helped induct Midnight Oil into the ARIA Hall Of Fame with a barnstorming version of the Aussie rock legends’ ‘Don't Wanna Be the One’.

The next year the band’s fifth album, Young Modern, gave them eight nominations and six wins including, for the first time, Album Of The Year.

2008 was Silverchair’s final appearance at the ARIA Awards. From three nominations, they won Best Music DVD, along with Powderfinger, for Across The Great Divide.

Silverchair entered “indefinite hibernation” in 2011.

In total, they won 21 ARIA awards from 49 nominations, and had 5 #1 albums and 3 #1 singles on the ARIA Charts.