|2012 ARIA Music Awards|
|Date||29 November 2012|
|Venue||Sydney Entertainment Centre,|
Sydney, New South Wales
The 26th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAs) were a series of award ceremonies which included the 2012 ARIA Artisan Awards, ARIA Hall of Fame Awards, ARIA Fine Arts Awards and ARIA Awards. The latter ceremony took place on 29 November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and was telecast on channel Go! at 7:30pm. The final nominees for ARIA Award categories were announced on 3 October as well as nominees and winners for Fine Arts Awards and Artisan Awards. There was no peer judged "Single of the Year" category this year, although the "Album of the Year" category returned. The Highest Selling Single and Album categories were removed as they were in 2010.
For the third time in ARIA Awards history, public votes were being used for the categories, "Song of the Year", "Best Australian Live Act" and "Best International Artist"; and for the first time for the category "Best Video", which was moved from the Artisan Awards. The nominees for "Song of the Year" are the ten highest selling Australian single releases during the eligibility period. Sales from different releases by the same artist cannot be aggregated, and artists are only allowed to be nominated once, even if they have more than one song in the top ten. Songs must also have been released as singles during the eligibility period. The nominees for "Best Australian Live Act" were selected by a Judging School specifically formed for the purpose. The nominees for "Best Video" were selected by the ARIA Voting Academy. The nominee pool for the "Best International Artist" was drawn from the artists whose recordings make up the top ten highest selling international releases, based on album and related single sales during the eligibility period.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Album of the Year||Best Group|
|Best Male Artist||Best Female Artist|
|Breakthrough Artist - Release||Best Independent Release|
|Best Adult Contemporary Album||Best Blues & Roots Album|
|Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album||Best Rock Album|
|Best Urban Album||Best Country Album|
|Best Children's Album||Best Comedy Release|
|Best Pop Release||Best Dance Release|
|Song of the Year[note 1]||Best Video[note 2]|
|Best Australian Live Act[note 3]||Best International Artist[note 4]|
|Best Classical Album|
|Best Jazz Album|
|Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album|
|Best World Music Album|
|Best Cover Artist|
|Engineer of the Year|
|Producer of the Year|