Tina Arena is to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The singer’s impressive 40 year career will be celebrated during the presentation of the annual ARIA Awards, which will take place Nov. 26 in Sydney.
Arena has recorded 10 studio albums (including two sets in the French language) and has six career ARIA Awards to her name, including the album of the year honor for her 1995 hit Don’t Ask, a category no other solo female artist had won at the time. Don’t Ask was the highest-selling album of 1995 in Australia and, with more than 1 million domestic sales and 14 platinum certifications, it remains one of the biggest-selling albums by an Australian female singer.
Arena is also a big star in her adopted homeland, France, where she was awarded one of country's highest civil decorations, the Ordre national du Mérite (French Order of Merit), for her contribution to the arts. The-then President Sarkozy was on hand to present the award, which is typically bestowed only to French nationals. She has sold more than 10 million albums over the course of her career with France accounting for half the total. Arena has also been a regular in musicals, notably starring in a 2000 U.K. production of Notre Dame de Paris.
The 47-year-old artist has been in the spotlight in her homeland since the age of eight when she joined the now-defunct variety television show Young Talent Time, and its this long service which helped promote her to the Hall.
“The longevity of her recording career is a testament to enduring talent and artistry,” comments ARIA CEO Dan Rosen on the announcement. “We are proud to see Tina take her place amongst the icons of the Australian music industry in the ARIA Hall of Fame.”
On the night, she'll join the ranks of Australia’s all-time greats, a list that includes AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Bee Gees, Men At Work, The Easybeats, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave and last year's inductee, the former Countdown host Ian "Molly" Meldrum.
On Oct. 30, Arena will release her 11th studio effort Eleven, a set which her reps describe as “a beautiful, complex, state of the art collection of emotive, electronica-based songs.” Her last album, 2013’s Reset, logged three consecutive months in the ARIA top 20 and is now platinum certified with some 100,000 sales.