|1991 ARIA Music Awards|
|Date||25 March 1991|
|Venue||Darling Harbour Convention Centre,|
Sydney, New South Wales
The Fifth Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as the ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAS) was held on 25 March 1991 at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney. International host Bob Geldof was assisted by presenters to distribute 24 awards. There were live performances but the awards were not televised and the ceremony was noted for its three-hours plus length with Gary Morris, manager of Midnight Oil providing a 20-minute acceptance speech.
In addition to previous categories, "Lifetime Achievement Award" was created and first awarded posthumously to record producer and Albert Productions label owner, Ted Albert (who died in November 1990); an "Outstanding Achievement Award" was presented to Midnight Oil. The ARIA Hall of Fame inducted four artists: Don Burrows, Peter Dawson, Glenn Shorrock and Billy Thorpe.
Host Bob Geldof found the three-hour plus ceremony to be interminable and threatened to walk out.Midnight Oil's manager, Gary Morris, provided the longest acceptance speech of the night at 20 minutes. Morris later stated that because the ceremony was not televised he decided to speak his mind. Music commentator, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, disapproved of Morris' speech length—they had already had a fracas at the ARIAs in 1988—Meldrum provided an even longer acceptance speech in 1993.
The winners are listed in bold.
The Hall Of Fame inductees were: