DISCLAIMER: Just to be clear, this article isn’t a dig at either triple j or ARIA.

triple j is the ONLY national youth broadcaster in the country, and the below findings show that other platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and FBi Radio – which are trying to demonopolise the Australian music market – aren’t as impactful at breaking artists, or nurturing careers… yet.

Whether the broadcaster likes it or not, triple j is still the most powerful tool to break an artist, and ARIA is – and will always be – a reflection of the local music market as a whole.

When Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul dominated the 2018 ARIAs last week, two things were made clear: the Australian music industry has never been more diverse, and you do need triple j play to win an ARIA.

Of the 20 ARIA Awards that were handed out (not including the Fine Arts and Artisan awards), just one act has never received triple j airplay.

That act is global hit factory 5 Seconds Of Summer, the Sydney four-piece who picked up three ARIA Awards last week for the publicly voted (!) categories Song Of The Year and Best Australian Live Act, and for Best Group.