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Aria Awards: Gotye wins four prizes

Image caption Gotye won best male artist, live act, pop release and album

Australian musician Gotye was the big winner at the Aria Awards in Sydney, picking up four prizes.

The Somebody That I Used to Know singer picked up best male artist, best live act, best pop release and best album for Making Mirrors.

New Zealander Kimbra, who also featured on Gotye's smash hit, won best female artist for a second consecutive year.

The Australian Recording Industry Association awards are the biggest event in the country's music calendar.

The Temper Trap were the other multiple award winners, winning best group and best rock album.

After picking up his fourth award, Gotye said: "I just want to say its cool that the last award of the night is for an album. I still love albums. So keep listening to records and keep buying records."

On accepting her award, Kimbra said she did not expect to win, adding: "This means a lot to me. What a whirlwind year it has been and what a way to top it off."

Other winners at the ceremony included Matt Corby, who won song of the year for his track Brother, and Missy Higgins, who won the award for best adult contemporary album for The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, following after a break of a couple of years from the music industry.

Sydney rapper 360, who went into the award with six nominations, only came away with one - for best breakthrough artist.

Former X Factor contestants One Direction won best international artist, although they were not at the event and accepted their prize by video message.

The ceremony also honoured groundbreaking band Yothu Yindi, best-known for their indigenous anthem Treaty, who were inducted to the Aria Hall Of Fame.

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