"I'm going to get out a few thank-yous because I think this is the last time you'll see us," joked MC Suffa, who delivered the requisite appreciation before sparking controversy by finishing out his speech with the now-viral quote: "[Jeffrey] Epstein didn't kill himself."
Up for a whopping eight awards, the singer dropped some epic realness – that we all needed to hear – as she accepted her gong.
"Sometimes I don't think that I'mthe most relatable female artist.I'm not into make-up or dresses ortypically girly things. But to me,those things don't really definewhat it is to be a female artist inthis industry any more," she said, receiving cheers from the audience.
"Thank you.It's being brave and courageous andtrue to yourself. No-one could haveever prepared me for the wholeworld judging me and comparing youto other artists. But what's mostimportant is that you have to be agood person and care about othersand carry yourself well."
Well said, girl!
Best Pop Release
Take two! Tones and I snapped up a second award straightaway, taking out the prize for best pop release for her hit track Dance Monkey.
"Thank you forplaying my records or playlistingmy records or letting it into yourlife," he gushed. "It really means a lot. I'mproud to represent country music inAustralia with this one tonight.Thank you."
Schoolmates from Melbourne The Teskey Brothers took out the title tonight at their first ARIAs – and the boys admitted they were unprepared for the win.
"When I wasyounger watching the ARIAS, Ialways wondered whether the peoplethat won knew before they won," quipped bass guitarist Brendan Love. "AndI can 100 percent confirm that they don't."
The night's host and all-round nice dude Guy Sebastian took out the top prize for the video for his track Choir – and proud wifey Jules grinned ear to ear and she filmed her bae on her iPhone from the audience.
"Jules, you are my best mate and my everything," he shared in his speech as the 'wrap-it-up-now-buddy' music began to play.
"I've neverreceived so much love and supportfrom people that have lost peopleand who are going through mentalhealth battles," he said, referencing the tragic story behind the song – the passing of his friend and band mate Luke Liang in 2018.
Best Rock Album
Four-piece punk rock band Amyl and the Sniffers took home their first-ever ARIA for best rock album, and shared an expletive-filled but obviously excited thank you speech.
Another one for Tones & I, taking her tally up to three for the night. Until...
Should we just put Tones & I down under a "won everything" category?! The super-humble and incredibly talented star took out the prize for best breakthrough artist – the only one she says she believed she had a chance of winning going into the night!
Best Hip Hop Release
Sampa the Great took home the nod for Best Hip Hop release, and shared her hopes for a more inclusive music industry in the future.
"ARIAs,thank you so much for this award," she said.
"It's really bitter sweet that in2019 I'm the first woman of colourto win in a hip-hop category. Ireally hope I'm not the last and Ihope the Australian music industrystarts to reflect how our communitylooks like. Thank you so much."
Best Soul & R&B Release
"I'd like tothank my family, my friends, myancestors, the whole crew whobrought this together," shared songstress Kaiit following her big win.
"You know who you are."
Album of the Year
As the night wrapped up, Dean Lewis took out his second gong, winning Album of the Year for A Place We Knew. "It's a veryspecial moment for me," he shared on stage.
"Nomatter what you are going through,there is a light at the end of thetunnel and for me, this is it.Thank you very much."
Song of the Year
Guy Sebastian – what a sweetheart – actually apologised to Tones & I when he jumped up to accept the award for his song Choir.
"I'm so sorry, Tones & I.And everyone else in this category," he began his acceptance speech. "Look, I don't even know where tobegin with this song. I mean, I cryprobably 80 percent of the times that Ising this song, because for me, it... there is a special message thataffects us personally, a lot. Itaffects a lot of people in thisroom."
"Just be a good person," he finished his speech. "Justtreat people well. We're all thesame and we're in it together. Sothank you. This means the world. Ilove you."