Alternative rock veteran Nick Cave will be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at this year's Motorola ARIA awards, set for Oct. 28 at Acer Stadium in Sydney.

Melbourne-born Cave emerged in the punk/goth scene with the Boys Next Door, before relocating to London in the early 1980s with the Birthday Party. Their raw blues-rock swagger and songs about religion, murder and madness found them a global cult following.

After their split in 1983, Cave recorded a series of solo projects and records with the Bad Seeds, including such sets as "From Her To Eternity", "Murder Ballads", "No More Shall We Part" and "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus".

His duet with Kylie Minogue on the 1995 song "Where the Wild Roses Grow" gave Cave an international hit.

He has also published the novel "And the Ass Saw the Angel," books of his poetry and written scripts for such films as "The Proposition" and the "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford." Cave is currently touring Australia with his new band Grinderman.

"Nick Cave has enjoyed - and continues to enjoy - one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of popular music," said Ed St. John, chair of the ARIA Awards committee and president of Warner Music Australia, in a statement.
"His contribution over the past 30 years was never limited by geography or nationality and nor could it ever be described in terms of hit records, chart positions or radio airplay. He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist - beyond comparison, beyond genre, beyond dispute. As an industry we should be immensely proud and humbled by Nick Cave's achievements."

Cave is the final Hall of Fame inductee for 2007. In July, guitar bands Hoodoo Gurus and Radio Birdman, soul diva Marcia Hines, R&B ensemble Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, singer songwriter Brian Cadd and crooner Frank Ifield were honored in a stand-alone event in Melbourne.

The awards gala will be broadcast on the free to air national Ten Network.

Separately, winners of the ARIA Fine Arts awards were unveiled Monday at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music. They were pianist Mike Nock and soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman's live recording "Duology" (Birdland/Creative Vibes) for best jazz album; Russian-born singer Zulya's multilingual "3 Nights" (Unstable Ape) for best world release; and composer and conductor Richard Tognetti's "Bach Violin Concertos" with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ABC Classics) for best classical.

The self-titled Choir of Hard Knocks (ABC Classics) won the soundtrack/ cast/ show category. The debut album, featuring a 50-strong group of Melbourne homeless and disadvantaged, is certified platinum for sales of 70,000-plus units.