Kylie Minogue – the highest selling Australian-born artist of all time – is inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2011.
Having known her for most of her career, an emotional Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum is clearly brimming with pride as he pays tribute to his friend Kylie.
Molly introduces an impressive career highlights package made for the ceremony which does a great job of selling her as an icon and global superstar. The compile covers many facets of her career to 2011.
In a telling excerpt included from a television interview, Kylie says ‘Every image that people have seen, they’re all a part of me. I have so many characters lurking in my body it’s frightening’.
This sentiment is illustrated through the inclusion of short clips from 17 of her music videos including 'Got to Be Certain' in 1988, ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ with Nick Cave (1995), ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ (2001), through to singles from her Aphrodite album in 2011.
When combined, they beautifully illustrate Kylie’s ability to reinvent herself and her music throughout her career and underscore the success she has had over four (now five) decades.
Kylie is famous for her live shows and the compile includes footage from her tours Intimate and Live (1998), KylieFever2002, Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour (2005), Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour (2006–7) and Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (2011).
There is also footage from her wins at previous ARIA Awards, interviews with Kylie and Michael Gudinski from Mushroom Records and her Moulin Rouge! (2001) appearance as the Green Fairy.
The compile doesn’t shy away from touching on harder times for the artist, mentioning her treatment for cancer and the death of Michael Hutchence.
The highlights package showcases a career unmatched by any other artist in the world. The package itself is a remarkable achievement of sourcing and editing footage.
After Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard inducts Kylie into the Hall of Fame, Kylie makes a comprehensive and polished speech. She shows pure class by barely skipping a beat to reply ‘I love you too’ to a screaming fan (Kylie refers to her fans collectively as ‘Lovers’).
Some of the figures mentioned in the package are now out of date. As of late 2020, Kylie has now sold 80+ million units and has had number one albums spanning five decades with the release of Disco in 2020.
Notes by Beth Taylor