Australia’s “pop princess” Kylie Minogue is to receive the highest honor in her country’s live entertainment industry – the JC Williamson Award.
The artist will be feted at the Helpmann Awards ceremony July 29 at the Sydney Opera House.
“A moment like this makes me so proud to represent the Australian entertainment industry,” Kylie says in a statement issued today. “As a country we have, and we nurture, extraordinary talent. Long may this continue.”
Trade association Live Performance Australia established the Helpmann Awards in 2001 to reward excellence and achievement across all aspects of live performance.
The Melbourne-born, London-based artist has enjoyed a supreme pop career which has spanned more than 25 years, 10 world tours and sales of more than 70 million records.
In 2007, she became the first-ever woman to receive Britain’s Music Industry Trusts’ Award. In 2011, Kylie was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard who said the singer was "someone who to 100s of millions of people around the world is the face of Australia." Kylie is "so famous," she added, "we only need to say her first name."
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