GALLERY: 2012 ARIA Awards 

Taylor Swift . Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images
Taylor Swift . Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images
Kimbra. Picture: Janie Barrett

Kimbra. Picture: Janie Barrett

Missy Higgins. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Missy Higgins. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Josh Pyke. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Josh Pyke. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Ricki-Lee Coulter. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Ricki-Lee Coulter. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp of McAlister Kemp . Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp of McAlister Kemp . Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Charli Robinson. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Charli Robinson. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The Hilltop Hoods. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The Hilltop Hoods. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Rhiannon Fish and Reece Mastin. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Rhiannon Fish and Reece Mastin. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Taylor Swift. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Taylor Swift. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Jessica Mauboy. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Jessica Mauboy. Picture: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

 Gotye. Picture: Janie Barrett

Gotye. Picture: Janie Barrett

NOW we know why Taylor Swift was invited to the ARIA Awards; and it wasn't just for the glamour.

Clare Bowditch. Photo: Janie Barrett

Clare Bowditch. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Beards. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Beards. Photo: Janie Barrett

San Cisco. Photo: Janie Barrett

San Cisco. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Jezebels. Photo: Janie Barrett

The Jezebels. Photo: Janie Barrett

Oh Mercy. Photo: Janie Barrett

Oh Mercy. Photo: Janie Barrett

Troy Cassar-Daley and Laurel Edwards. Photo: Janie Barrett

Troy Cassar-Daley and Laurel Edwards. Photo: Janie Barrett

Chris Cheney. Photo: Janie Barrett

Chris Cheney. Photo: Janie Barrett

Boy and Bear. Photo: Janie Barrett

Boy and Bear. Photo: Janie Barrett

Justice Crew. Photo: Janie Barrett

Justice Crew. Photo: Janie Barrett

Yothu Yindi and Dan Sultan. Photo: Janie Barrett

Yothu Yindi and Dan Sultan. Photo: Janie Barrett

Bernard Zuel reports that earlier this week we found out the carefully controlled American singer's management ''don't like surprises''. It turns out that neither does the Australian music industry.

There was nary a bolt from the blue or even mild shock when the major awards, which had moved from the arena at Homebush to the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the city, were presented on Thursday night.

A global phenomenon, our most loved Belgian since Aussie Kim Clijsters, and the only person called Wally to be taken seriously, Gotye (real name Wally de Backer), won pretty much everything for which he was nominated.

For the second year in a row he was named the best male artist and owner of the best pop release (this year for his album, Making Mirrors; last year for the album's worldwide No.1 single, Somebody That I Used To Know). His album was named album of the year and to complete the set, the public voted Gotye the best Australian live act.

Helped in no small part by her co-vocalist role in Somebody That I Used To Know, New Zealander Kimbra (real name Kimbra Johnson) repeated her mildly surprising 2011 win for best female artist, this time for her debut album, Vows.

That win overshadowed a successful return by former two-time best female artist Missy Higgins (real name Melissa Higgins), who was nominated for her album, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle.

Another repeat trip to the dais was made by the Temper Trap, who won best rock album for their self-titled second album. The Temper Trap's win cemented Melbourne as the home of Australian music.

Other winners included the Sydney rapper 360 (breakthrough artist), the McClymonts (their second best country album), the Wiggles (best children's album), and the Jezabels (best independent release).