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Danielle McCarthy

Bob Geldof sledges Keith Urban on stage at ARIA Awards

Bob Geldof sledges Keith Urban on stage at ARIA Awards

Last night, the 2018 ARIA Awards closed with two icons, Bob Geldof and Keith Urban, appearing on stage to present the final award.

Prior to revealing the winner for the ‘Song of the Year’ award, Urban reminded the Boomtown Rats rocker that he hosted the awards show back in 1991.

However, the musician seemed unable to recall the experience.

Geldof answered: “Apparently I did, but…”

Not missing a beat, Urban asked: “Memorable experience?”

Bob then said: “It was at a time when you don’t remember these sort of things. They come and go.”

 “Like tonight?” Urban asked.

“Judging by your performance, yes,” Geldof responded.

The exchange drew gasps from audience members as some attendees looked visibly shocked.

However, Urban jumped in, saying: “I haven’t even played yet! It is a tough room, it is a tough room.”

The pair continued on stage, discussing why Geldof was present at the awards show.

“I was in town to do some stuff. I have a new record I was playing to the record company, I’m going to South Africa tomorrow. You called me and begged me to help you out tonight,” he said.

Geldof then transitioned into the nominees for the award, admitting that he was ad libbing because he couldn’t read the autocue.

“There’s very few people who make it to the top of the game and tonight there’s — again, it is down to three or four or five people who get to have the Song of the Year, the song better than any other song ever this year, the song that from all over the world gets to win this thing. I can’t read the stuff, so I’m making this up, but it sounds f**king good to me,” he shrugged.

Eventually, the rocker was able to announce Five Seconds of Summer as the winner for their song Young Blood.

Viewers were quick to comment on the bizarre banter, with some describing it as “cringey”.

One user wrote: “Is Bob Geldof taking the piss? What did I just channel surf to?”

Another commented: “So Bob Geldof is an EXTREMELY loose unit and I think the people who booked him secretly knew this.”

Here are the winners for the ARIA Awards 2018:

Album of the Year

Amy Shark – Love Monster

Song Of The Year

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood

Best Male Artist

Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark — Love Monster

Best Group

5 Seconds of Summer

Video of the Year

Dean Lewis - Be Alright

Best Blues and Roots Album

Tash Sultana - Flow State

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

Parkway Drive - Reverence

Best Independent Release

Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)

Breakthrough Artist

Ruel - Dazed & Confused

Best Urban Release

Hilltop Hoods - Clark Griswold

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Boy: The Soundtracks

Best Dance Release

Pnau - Go Bang

Best International Artist

Camila Cabello - Camila

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Vance Joy - Nation Of Two

Best Country Album

Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples - Campfire

Best Rock Album

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark - Love Monster

Best Australian Live Act

5 Seconds Of Summer - Meet You There Tour

Hall of Fame

Kasey Chambers

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