The Hall of Fame has been an important part of the ARIA Awards since the Award's inception back in 1987. Traditionally taking place during the music awards ceremony, ARIA has inducted artists as diverse as AC/DC, Joan Sutherland, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny O'Keefe, Paul Kelly, INXS, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Little, and many more into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected by the ARIA Board.

While ARIA retains a component of the Hall of Fame for the ARIA Awards (another artist will be inducted at this year's event in October), the ARIA Hall of Fame is now an annual stand-alone event that honours performers, producers and songwriters whose musical achievements have had a significant impact in Australia or around the world.

The 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame was held on Wednesday, July 18 at Melbourne's picturesque Plaza Ballroom. This year's ceremony honoured Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Hoodoo Gurus, Frank Ifield, Radio Birdman, Brian Cadd and Marcia Hines with inductions into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

The 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame was proudly broadcast on VH1 on Sunday, 22 July at 7.30pm.

To view photos from the ARIA Hall of Fame event click here.

ARIA gratefully acknowledges the City of Melbourne's support of the Hall of Fame event.
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Melbourne's intimate Plaza Ballroom is a heritage-listed theatre featuring intricate Spanish Rococo architecture located in the heart of Melbourne underneath the Regent Theatre at 191 Collins Street.

"It's with great pride that once again VH1 will bring the Hall of Fame to subscription television. At VH1 we love to celebrate iconic talent, and this is a tremendous way of acknowledging icons that have played a significant role in influencing the Australian music industry."
Dave Sibley - Managing Director
MTV Networks Australia and New Zealand.

Induction Criteria

The guidelines set out below were the principle parameters for induction when the ARIA Awards first started in 1987. The guidelines have not changed since.

1. The Hall of Fame recognises four categories of music - pop/rock, jazz, classical and country;
2. The nominees' careers must have commenced, and ideally achieved significant prominence, at least 20 years prior to the year of proposed induction;
3. Membership into the Hall of Fame is reserved exclusively for the creators of recorded music - the writers, the recording artists, and in some cases, the producers;
4. The nominees must be responsible for a significant body of recorded work;
5. The nominees work must have had a cultural impact within Australia and/or recognition within the world marketplace.

Previous Inductees


Dame Joan Sutherland, Johnny O'Keefe, Slim Dusty, Col Joye, Vanda & Young, AC/DC


Dame Nellie Melba, Ross Wilson


Percy Grainger, Sherbet


Billy Thorpe, Glenn Shorrock, Don Burrows




Cold Chisel, Peter Allen


Men At Work


The Seekers


Australian Crawl, Horrie Dargie


The Bee Gees, Paul Kelly, Graeme Bell


The Masters Apprentices, The Angels


Richard Clapton, Jimmy Little


No inductees this year.


INXS, The Saints


Olivia Newton John


John Farnham


Little River Band


The Easybeats, Smoky Dawson, Renee Geyer, Hunters & Collectors,
Normie Rowe, Split Enz, Jimmy Barnes


Divinyls, Rose Tattoo, Helen Reddy, Daddy Cool, Icehouse, Lobby Loyde, Midnight Oil


Frank Ifield, Hoodoo Gurus, Marcia Hines, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Brian Cadd and Radio Birdman

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