Tina Arena quite possibly made last night’s ARIAs the best ever, with a little help from some other Aussie babes.
And boy, was it awesome.
The other big moment of the night? Tina’s acceptance speech as she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, 20 years after becoming the first female to win Album of the Year for her record, Don’t Ask.
Girl got some seriously awesome use of her airtime, using it to draw attention to the struggles faced by females in the music industry.
Here are some of our fave lines from her epic speech, which saw her thank the family, friends and fans that have supported her over the years.
“Who decides in radio that a woman at a certain point in her life no longer becomes viable?” Tina said.
“Women and men of all ages have something interesting to say but what I have struggled with is the complete ostracisation of a woman at a certain age.
“I want to still acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game – my darling friend behind me Miss Kylie Minogue, the wonderful Madonna, J-Lo, Annie Lennox, my Lord the list does go on.
“Keep doing what you are doing, and keep doing what you do best lady because we will decide when it’s time for us to stop.”
Tina also said that she hoped that her achievements in the music industry would make it easier for other women wanting to pursue long careers within the industry.
“What excites me now is knowing there never needs to be firsts like these again,” she said.
“The world has opened up and I’m so happy that I may have played just a very very small role in making those things easier and more accessible for women to come.”
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