Singer/songwriter Missy Higgins leads the nominations for the 2005 Australian Record Industry Association (Aria) Awards after claiming seven nods at a ceremony yesterday (14SEP05).

Among Higgins' haul are nominations for Best Female Artist, Best Album (THE SOUND OF WHITE) and Single of The Year (THE SPECIAL TWO).

Also up for multiple awards are Ben Lee, Evermore and Sarah Blasko.

The awards will be held at the Sydney SuperDome on 23 October (05).