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Friday 25 November 2011

Julia Gillard to present ARIA to Kylie Minogue

Guess who is inducting our very own superstar Kylie Minogue into the ARIA Hall of Fame?

Why, none other than our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard!

At the 25th anniversary ARIA awards, to be held this Sunday in Sydney, the PM will be performing the much talked-about honour.

And The Wiggles - well, they will be inducted by Aussie actor [and spunkrat] David Wenham.

At time of typing, sets are taking shape and tables are being set for the ARIAs, to be held at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, this Sunday 27 November.

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has announced more special guest presenters and inductors to share the stage on the night. [Read on].

I do love watching the ARIAs from the comfort of my own couch (but there are still good tickets available for the event if you want to be there at the event and soak up the incredible atmosphere - see details below), and fans can expect to not only enjoy the fabulous two inductions of true Aussie icons, but a line-up of artists including Gotye and Kimbra, Drapht, Boy & Bear, Art vs Science, Gurrumul with Missy Higgins, Cut Copy, The Living End, and Guy Sebastian.

Back to our Kyles: the PM and Kylie met earlier this year in Japan when they were guests at the Australian Embassy fundraising dinner for the Japan tsunami disaster. They struck up a friendship over the dinner and will now meet again in altogether different circumstances.

And David Wenham? The accomplished actor, currently starring in the critically acclaimed, Killing Time, is best known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Moulin Rouge, 300 and Sea Change. David is also the father of two daughters - and knows all the words to Hot Potato. Don't we all David! Scary.

Another highlight will be Stevie Nicks, currently mid-way through her Australian tour. She will be presenting an award with Nine's Richard Wilkins.

Other award presenters will include Chrissy Amphlett, Ruby Rose, James Kerley, Delta Goodrem, Iva Davies, Katie Noonan, the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte, and Molly Meldrum.

As part of ARIA’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Australian music fans have also been given the chance to have their say in Australian big night, by casting a vote in three public voted categories.

Fans can go to www.ariaawards.com.au/hpmostpopular and cast their vote to determine the Most Popular Voted ARIA Awards across all three categories. Fans can also vote from www.facebook.com/aria.official or www.facebook.com/Hpaustralia

For the first time ever, music fans will be able to watch the drama unfolding backstage with Optus providing a dedicated mobile video stream direct from the Awards night ceremony which will be hosted by Jabba. As well as exclusive interviews and footage, the Optus mobile video stream will complement the free-to-air GO! broadcast of the event, which will also be available to watch on any 3G mobile.

For the latest ARIA Awards news and details of all this year’s ARIA Awards nominees, go to the official website www.ariaawards.com.au

To be broadcast on GO! from 7.30pm on Sunday 27 November, General Public Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek; see www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849. Tickets are $75.

For more info, see www.ariaawards.com.au, http://facebook.com/aria.official and http://twitter.com/aria_official

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