The Australian Record Industry Assn. is establishing for the first time a dedicated ceremony to induct Hall of Fame members. Six acts are expected to be inducted July 14, including '70s and '80 Austr

The Australian Record Industry Assn. is establishing for the first time a dedicated ceremony to induct Hall of Fame members.

The inaugural “ARIA Icons: Hall Of Fame” event will take place July 14 at the Regent Theater in Melbourne.

Since 1988, Hall of Fame inductions have been unveiled as part of the body's annual ARIA Awards gala. This process, however, was limited to only one honoree each year, explains ARIA Awards chairman Ed St. John. "Time constraints meant we were only able to induct one artist per year at the ARIAs, and as a result we were developing an alarming backlog of truly worthy recipients."

Six acts are expected to be inducted this time, including '70s and '80 Australasia pop band Split Enz, blues singer Renee Geyer and '60s pop idol Normie Rowe.

"The music industry now has a long overdue opportunity to show our heritage artists the respect and recognition that they so richly deserve," says ARIA chairman Denis Handlin. "These acts are truly icons of the Australian contemporary music scene, and they deserve to be honored in a special event."

The broadcast will be aired on pay TV channels VH1 on July 17 and FOX8 on July 23.