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Just hours after he scored his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, The Kid LAROI won two ARIA Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.

The Australian rapper was named Best Artist, and also scored the Best Pop Release award for "Stay," his hit collaboration with Justin Bieber

While accepting his Best Artist award, LAROI, born Charlton Howard, said, "How good is Australian music? It’s incredible that I’m getting this much love, especially from home. That means to world to me.”

He added, "Starting this, all I wanted to do was just bring up the culture, and show the world how Australian music was. Shout-out to every one of you guys out there who's been supporting it. I'll be back next year on tour and I can't wait to see you guys. I love you."

LAROI was presented with the award by Australian journalist Brooke Boney, who, like LAROI, is Kamilaroi, one of the four largest Indigenous nations of Australia.  Earlier this month, LAROI was also named Best Artist at Australia’s National Indigenous Music Awards.

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While there have been plenty of big Australian rock, pop and country acts over the years -- from AC/DC to Sia to Keith Urban -- Australian rappers haven't had as big of an impact internationally, until this year.  In fact, two of them are up for New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards Sunday night: The Kid LAROI and Masked Wolf.

Masked Wolf, born Harry Michael, tells ABC Audio that in addition to his own hit "Astronaut in the Ocean," he appreciates what LAROI -- born Charlton Howard --  has done to help boost the genre.

"I mean, he has done some pretty massive songs and made some pretty big waves," says Wolf. "Australia's finally being put on the map. I think we've tried for a long time. A lot of artists have tried to break internationally, and now it's like finally happening, which is really good."

But do he and LAROI hang out? Wolf jokes, "LAROI doesn't want to meet me because he knows I'd beat him in basketball. I know he plays basketball, so he's trying to stay away."

Seriously, though, there's no rivalry there, and Wolf says he doesn't necessarily need to win Sunday night to feel like he's a success.

"It's really special to have that acknowledgment. But you have to be first happy with what you've been doing before the award," he explains. "And whether we win it or not, truly, I'm just happy with where I'm at and where I've come from. I've been grinding at this for like 11 years. So award or not, I feel like what I'm doing now is the award."

See who takes home the award Sunday night when the American Music Awards air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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The Kid LAROI is one of those artists who's constantly posting on social media, but he deleted everything on his Instagram on Tuesday but a note to his fans.

Announcing that his F**k Love era is "finally" over, he announces, "Last week, I went on a small vacation for the first time in a while. During that time, I started thinking and I made the decision that I need to take some time away from everything and focus on the next project: my debut album."

"I'm going to miss you all beyond words can describe, but I do believe that this is what I need to do to give you all the best music possible," he added. "I'll be back soon. I promise."

The chart-topping Australian star also paid tribute to his fans, noting that he owes his success to "every single one of you," adding, "There is now way I will ever be able to repay you."

LAROI will kick off his first headlining tour at the top of next year.

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The Kid LAROI added yet another awards show performance to his ultra-busy schedule.  The "Stay" singer is set to take over the ARIA Awards stage when the ceremony airs November 24.

Previously, LAROI's performed at the MTV VMAs and is set to perform at a slate of music festivals before launching his debut headlining End of the World tour, which kicks off in January 2022.

The ARIA -- or Australian Recording Industry Association -- Music Awards unveiled its complete list of performers on Tuesday and tapped the 18-year-old as one of this year's main entertainers.

Ed Sheeran will also make a cameo during the festivities to honor the late Michael Gudinski.  The legendary Australian concert promoter was a close friend of Ed's, and his death earlier this year inspired Ed to write the song "Visiting Hours." The ARIAS are renaming its breakthrough artist award after Gudinski. Masked Wolf is one of the contenders for that award.

LAROI is up for four awards this time, including best artist.  Additionally, his "Stay" collaboration with Justin Bieber earned him a nod for best pop release, while his track "Without You" is up for song of the year and best hip hop release.  Justin's album Justice is being considered for best international act.

The ARIA awards are set to air on Wednesday, November 24 and will be simulcast on YouTube, starting at 3:30 a.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT.


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The Kid LAROI has debuted another video as part of his current status as VEVO's final LIFT series artist for 2021.

The Australian star has created a live performance of his song "Still Chose You," which shows him performing the song while wandering through a deserted, neon-lit, abandoned building.

The "Still Chose You" video follows the Footnotes version of LAROI's hit, "Stay," which gave fans some behind-the-scenes insight into the special effects-filled video.

The Kid LAROI is launching his End of the World headlining tour January 29 in Australia.  He's also working on his debut album, and it appears as though he's trying to figure out which one he wants fans to experience first.

"Album before tour or?" he wrote on Instagram recently. "Not sure yet.."

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber have real "Stay"-ing power.  Their collaborative single, "Stay," has just racked up a sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Stay" has now spent the same number of weeks on top as "Say Say Say," the 1983 duet by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.  Only two other collaborations by two or more solo male artists have spent more time on top than those songs.

The champ is "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, which spent 16 weeks at number one in 2017, followed by "Ebony and Ivory," by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, which was number one for seven weeks in 1982.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X finds himself with three top 10s at the same time.  "Montero," the title track of his new album, has jumped from #13 to number nine.  His other single, "Industry Baby," featuring Jack Harlow, has jumped from number six back to number two, which was where it debuted in August.  And the new track, "That's What I Want," debuts at number 10.

LNX's album Montero debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber couldn’t “Stay” out of the number-one spot for long.

Their hit collab bounced back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, up from number six. It marks the song’s fifth week at number one.

“Stay” also hit number one on the Radio Songs Chart, making it the most-heard song on U.S. radio.

Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” drops to number two on the Hot 100, while Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” rises to number three. Rounding out the top five are Drake’s "Knife Talk," featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat, and Walker Hayes’ viral hit, “Fancy Like.”

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After opening Sunday night's MTV VMAs with Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI has announced his debut headlining tour.

The End of the World Tour kicks off January 29 in Phoenix, AZ and is currently scheduled to wrap up March 10 in Atlanta, GA, reports Billboard.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. local time.  Following LAROI's North American tour, he'll travel to Europe and then to his home country of Australia, plus New Zealand.

Billboard quotes LAROI as saying, "I am beyond excited to share this experience with you all. It's always been a dream of mine to headline a global tour. I cannot wait to see my fans all around the world and give them something that they won't ever forget. It's been a long time coming."

Billboard reports that the tour will find LAROI performing songs from all three installments of his F*ck Love release, including his smash hits "Stay" and "Without You."

Following his MTV VMA debut, LAROI tweeted to his fans, "I love you family. Thank you for everything. NONE of this s**t would be possible without you. I’m forever in debt to you all."

"I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and support the people I love most around me," he added. "There’s no way I will ever be able to repay you."

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Thanks to their chart-topping collaborative hit “Stay,” The Kid LAROI has gotten to know Justin Bieber pretty well. Maybe a little too well.

In a new interview with U.K.’s Official Charts Company, the Australian rapper/singer reveals a quirky fact he learned about the Biebs.

“So actually like the craziest thing that was unexpected is that he has a weird feet obsession -- he loves toes,” LAROI says. “I found that out in the studio when I had my shoes off.”

He continues, “I was playing some music and I felt something touch my big toe -- it was Justin on all fours, touching my toes. I was like, what the f*** is going on?! He was like, ‘my bad, I just wanted to see what was up with your toes.’ Always keep an eye on your toes when you’re around that guy.”

Awkward toe-touching experience aside, LAROI is enjoying the song’s success. After “Stay” hit number one in the U.S., he found a unique way to celebrate.

“It was seriously crazy moment,” LAROI says. “I actually had the Benihana people come to my house and cook a Hibachi steak.”

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The Kid LAROI is ready to heat up the 2021 MTV VMAs.

The Australian rapper is making his Video Music Awards debut, teaming up with Justin Bieber for a performance of their hit song, "Stay." Kid's also up for three of the night's awards: Best New Artist and Push Performance of the Year for previous hit, "Without You," while "Stay" is vying for Song of Summer.

Also joining the lineup is Jack Harlow, who is making his main stage debut alongside Lil Nas X for the first live performance of "Industry Baby," while Latin rapper Ozuna will deliver "La Funka" and hit producer and songwriter Tainy joins forces with Shawn Mendes for "Summer Of Love."  

Last week, MTV announced that Lorde would no longer be performing at the VMAs "due to a change in production elements."

Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello and host Doja Cat are among the many other all-star performers who will take the stage when the MTV VMAs air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. 

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