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Tones, Halsey light up ARIAs red carpet


Halsey arrives at the 33rd Annual ARIA Music Awards at The Star in Sydney, Wednesday, November 27, 2019. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Australian music's night of nights may be peppered with big international acts but the focus remains on the nation's talent earning their recognition at home.

The 33rd ARIA Awards kicked off on Wednesday with American singer Halsey walking the red carpet early to screams from waiting fans.

Aussie singer Tones and I - nominated for the most awards this year - walked the red carpet early dressed in fluoro green, fresh from a coveted US television appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.

Also arriving from the US was Newcastle local Morgan Evans, a country music star nominated for two ARIAs this year who flew home from Nashville during his world tour to perform at the awards night.

"I've been so busy the last couple of years travelling around the world playing and it's funny you realise that all you want is to be accepted where you come from," he told AAP.

"This is the award show I grew up watching and wanting to be a part of."

First-time nominee Baker Boy said he was excited to be up for three awards this year. The Darwin-born indigenous rapper - who he grew up watching Yothu Yindi and Jessica Mauboy - said the world was paying attention to Australian music's potential.

"People don't necessarily know what I'm rapping about because it's in my native language but people are paying attention," he told AAP.

"And you can feel the world is watching Aussie talent more and more."

Pnau, who won the ARIA for best dance release last year, said despite the lack of live music venues, there was still plenty of Australian talent.

"There is a lot more people in Australia making music than when we first started," Pnau told AAP.

"I think access to technology had really helped as well as streaming services."

Former Bachelorette Sophie Monk breezed quickly past reporters, flanked either side by two assistants holding hair dryers, ensuring her signature blonde locks were perfectly windswept for photographs.

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