Kiwi songstress Kimbra has won the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) award for Best Female Artist for a second consecutive year, moments after wowing the audience with an eclectic performance of her hit Settle Down in Sydney last night.
The Hamilton-born, Melbourne-based 22-year-old beat bookmaker's favourite Missy Higgins, indigenous star Jessica Mauboy, Lanie Lane and Megan Washington to claim one of the most sought after accolades.
She was presented with the award by British comedian Russell Brand, after his mother read out the winner's name while accompanying him on stage.
"What a whirlwind year it's been and what an amazing way to top it off, to be acknowledged for this record I started making in Melbourne at 17,'' Kimbra said.
"I want to thank all the fans out there that came to see me play back in those days," she said, before paying tribute to her management, band and record company.
Kimbra came to prominence at the annual celebration of Australian music last year when she collaborated with Goyte on the hugely successful single Somebody That I Used To Know.
Goyte, also known as Wally de Backer, won four ARIAS including Best Pop Release for "Making Mirrors" - Kimbra was nominated in the same category for the title track of her album "Vows".
He also won the Best Live Act, Best Male Artist and Album of the Year ("Making Mirrors") to cap a command performance.
Retaining the best female artist award continued a memorable 12 months for Kimbra who has toured the United States, won the grand prize at an international songwriting competition in the spiritual home of country music, Nashville, and seen her profile rise exponentially after appearing on several US talk shows.
She also stole the show at the New Zealand Music Awards earlier this month, winning five awards: Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Female Solo Artist, Best Pop Album and the international achievement award.
- Waikato Times