Bob Geldof withdrew the script before presenting the Song of the Year Award with Keith Urban. (AAP: Joel Carret)
Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof has been criticized on social networks for his embarrassing presence on stage and “teasing” at the ARIA awards ceremony on Wednesday evening.
- The tale of the legend of the legend of Whale Urban caused moans from the audience
- But his praise Kasi Chambers was applauded
- Appearance caused controversy about how international acts will be presented at Australian award ceremonies
Geldof was presented on stage to present the final award for the night, “Song of the Year.”
After Kate Urban, who hosted the ceremony, was introduced, Geldof seems to have forgotten the name of the county singer.
“Welcome to ARIA,” said Urban.
Geldof responded by saying that it sounded very much like “thank you Jim” and very little like “Keith.”
Urban asked the organizer of Live Aid about how he hosted the award ceremony in 1991, about which he joked that he could not remember the event.
The batter between them provoked unpleasant reactions from the crowd in the audience, with Geldof's joke about the performance of Urban, which caused uncomfortable moans.
Then Geldof went on stage before announcing the nominees for the prize, saying that he could not read the teleprompter.
“I do it, but it sounds good to me,” he said.
He paid tribute to the memory of country musician Kasey Chambers, who was introduced to the Hall of Fame "not only for exceptional music, but also for her as a person, she is amazing."
This caused an emotional response from the chambers and applause from the audience.
The appearance sparked a discussion in social networks about international artists appearing on Australian award shows, with some viewers saying that the Geldof segment was “full of sentiment” and “embarrassing”.
Tweet from Virginia Trioli: Ok, enough: no longer bothering you, mocking imported artists to give our awards the star power. Sick with a slouch? Or do you love them? To discuss!
“We have our own stars – let them shine,” said one of the ABC viewers on Twitter.
“His goal is to recognize the local achievements, and therefore, in principle, I believe that the presenters must be Australians,” added another.