SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 26: Singer Sia arrives on the red carpet at the 2009 ARIA Awards at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park on November 26, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. The Awards recognise excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)


Sia has a complicated relationship with the ARIA Awards.

The uber-successful singer, songwriter and producer has been celebrated more than almost any other artist at Australian music’s night of nights, being nominated or winning an award almost every year for the last decade.

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To date, she’s won 10 ARIAs and been nominated for 20.

In 2009 Sia attended her first ARIAs, proudly posing in a gold metallic skirt on the red carpet – long before she began covering her face on stage and in public.

In 2010 she again seemed thrilled to be walking the red carpet, glittering in a gold sequined dress with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for a backdrop.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: Sia Furler arrives on the red carpet at the 2010 ARIA Awards at the Sydney Opera House on November 7, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

That year she was nominated for six ARIAs and won three, including best independent release, best pop release and best video.

But in the years that followed, something changed. Sia, full-name Sia Furler, never attended the ceremony again.

In 2014, after winning four awards including album of the year for 1000 Forms of Fear, she gave away her pointy ARIA awards on Twitter.

After some criticised the Chandelier singer for not attending the ceremony in person, she hit back that she had recorded four acceptance speech videos but only one had been broadcast.

“’I’m saddened to be getting s*** for being a ‘no-show,’” she tweeted.

“On the upside, I won! Who wants one?

“First four people to document doing a good deed, I’ll send you an aria. GO!!!”

In 2016, Sia used the ARIAs broadcast to make a political statement – at the time, Australia was yet to have legalised same-sex marriage.

She sent marriage equality activist, Angie Greene, to collect her award for Best Female Artist wearing a Stand Up Events equality campaign T-shirt.

“This award is for every non-hetero and gender diverse person who can currently not marry the person that they love in this country,” Greene said on behalf of Sia.

“This is award is for our friends, our family, our work friends, all our mates.

“The bottom line is, Australia, that no one’s lives and the people that they love should be up for debate. You have the opportunity now not just to do a great thing, but to do the right thing.”

This year, Sia is nominated in the Best Female Artist category for Flames, her single with David Guetta.