Equality and Diversity the key changes for music industry.
The Aussie music industry’s big night is going ahead this year and will be streamed to Australia and the world on YouTube.
Aria announced via socials that the Awards Ceremony will be watchable via digital streaming, and they will also go gender-natural.
"In celebration of the success of Australian music in the face of extreme adversity this year, the 2021 ARIA Awards in partnership with @youtubemusic will take place Wednesday 24th November as an innovative digital show, streamed live on @youtube!
This year, ARIA are also proud to announce the new category Best Artist which will be replacing Best Female and Best Male which reflects our commitment to embracing equality and the true diversity of the music industry in 2021."
This will mean that 10 nominees will be eligible for the category, instead of five in each previous category.
Nominations are expected to be revealed next month, with the virtual event is happening on November 24.