Robbie Williams, the British hitmaker, chart champion and newly-crowned "Icon," will make a dash to Sydney next week for the 30th annual ARIAs ceremony.
The former Take That singer joins a star-studded lineup of guests for the Australian record industry's flagship award ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday (Nov. 16), a week out from the show.
Performers on the night include multiple-nominees Flume and Troye Sivan; veteran artists John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Bernard Fanning; chart-toppers Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas and Missy Higgins; Illy and the rapper's collaborator on "Papercuts," Vera Blue; rockers Violent Soho; and Crowded House, the much-loved folk-rock outfit who will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on the night.
Williams will hit the red carpet at next Wednesday's (Nov. 23) ceremony at Sydney's The Star, though he won't sing for the audience.
The pop superstar is coming off a stunning week in which he received the BRITs Icon Award in London and made history with the No. 1 debut of his new album, The Heavy Entertainment Show, his first with Sony Music. With Heavy, Williams broke the record for the most U.K. No. 1 albums by a British solo artist (12), moving past the late David Bowie (11). He's now level with Madonna, and only one behind Elvis Presley (13).
Flume, the internationally-renowned electronic music producer (real name Harley Streten), leads all artists with 11 ARIA Award nominations, though Troye Sivan (seven nominations); Illy, Sia, and the Avalanches (all with six nominations) aren't far behind.