silverchair won the Channel V "Artist Of The Year" award at last night's ARIA Awards in Sydney. This prize is the only one decided by a public vote and it's the fifth consecutive year that the chair has won it.

The group was unable to attend the awards as they are still busy recording their new album elsewhere in Australia. However, in a televised cross to the studio the trio seemed completely overwhelmed to have won the gong yet again.

"There are lots of other bands who deserve this more than us this year", said Daniel Johns before adding with a laugh, "we'll take it though!".

"We'd like to thank everybody who voted for us, we really appreciate it", added Ben Gillies.

Special guest for the band's acceptance speech was Daniel's dog Sweep who was in the studio at the time.

It is understood that while Channel V was in the studio with silverchair they taped the band's first TV interview since January. This will be aired, along with some Rock In Rio footage as part of a Channel V special to premiere on Sunday October 21 at 8pm AEST.