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Monday, 26 January 2015

Australian of the Year Awards 2015, plus Rosie Batty - 2015 Australian of the Year acceptance speech: VIDEOS

Get to know YOUR Australians of the Year for 2015 in these videos below, including Rosie Batty's full speech, our Australian of the Year this year.

As a side note (and it should be ONLY a side note, as these women all received the country's highest honour based on the merits, NOT on their gender), it's the first time in Australian of the Year Awards history that all four recipients are women. Here they all are:

This photo, from the Australian of the Year Awards Facebook page, has this fabulous caption:

It's the first time in Australian of the Year Awards history that all four recipients are women. Congratulations Rosie Batty, Jackie French, Drisana Levitzke-Gray, and Juliette Wright. Have a great year!

Here is Rosie Batty's full acceptance speech:

#tay4hottest100 fail - Taylor Swift disqualified from Triple J 'Hottest 100'

It's over.

The campaign to have superstar singe Taylor Swift be a part of the legendary Triple J 'Hottest 100' has failed.

The decision, announced by Triple J presenter Lewis McKirdy before the countdown had even begun, ends after 11 days of trying to have the all-American songstress enter the charts usually reserved for emerging Australian music.

"First I need to address something and it's important, we haven't addressed it yet. Taylor Swift. That's what I'm talking about. Is she in this list?" said Lewis, before playing a buzzer sound effect to indicate Tay-Tay had been disqualified.

"That abrasve noise would suggest not. She's out for a whole range of reasons. All of them are at a website that we've set up. If you want to go there... it's call triplejfeed.com."

You can see that site here. It may have crashed - again - but if you do get on it, here is what you will find: a parody of Buzzfeed, the website which promoted the campaign for Swift to make the countdown from the outset using the #tay4hottest100 hashtag. (Here is a screenshot of the whole page below):

Triple J's main reason for disqualifying Taylor Swift seems to be a huge swipe at Buzzfeed, as the article on the site is set out as a standard Buzzfeed article often is, with the headline '8 Hilarious But Totally True reasons You Didn't Hear "Shake It Off" In the Hottest 100'.

The first reason - "DON'T BUZZ (Feed) the TROLLS" includes the line "the attempt at shaking their #hashtag weight around to directly influence a publicly voted music poll 'started as a bit of a joke between myself and a few colleagues...' to 'teach those music snobs a lesson'."

One of the other seven reasons listed points to what the radio station saw as incorrect voting procedures, such as: "talented/unemployed web developers [spammed the song] into the Hottest 100 via an ingenious web app".

It was also aimed at KFC's involvement in promoting the #tay4hottest100 hashtag: "The Hottest 100's an opportunity for individuals everywhere for individuals everywhere to cast their vote for their legit favourite song of the year. The invitation doesn't extend to Fried Chicken companies eager to wrap their greasy fingers around a freshly-minted hashtag."

Are you upset Taylor Swift didn't make the cut in the end?

Rosella Australian Food Pack Giveaway

Have you entered this comp yet?

Thanks to the kind people at Rosella, you can win one of two of these yummy Rosella condiment packs.

Follow these instructions below, and follow Rosella on Instagram here:  @rosella_australia

SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet - part three

The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards red carpet is here, and is as beautiful as ever.

Standout for me is Jennifer Aniston, not in her usual black dress. Gorgeous.

Part one is here, and part two is here.

(All photos Getty images).

SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet - part two

The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards is happening right now, and here are more of the beautiful red carpet fashion. SO very stunning!

For part one, click here.

(All photos Getty images).

SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet

The 2015 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards are happening right now in the US, and here we are: the red carpet pics. All stunning, all glam.

(All photos Getty images).