Since 1988 the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has inducted artists into its annual ARIA Hall of Fame. While most have been recognized at the annual ARIA Music Awards, in 2005 ARIA sought to create a separate standalone ceremony ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame event as only one or two acts could be inducted under the old format due to time restrictions. Since 2005 VH1 obtained the rights to broadcast the show live on Foxtel, Austar and Optus networks; and each year five or six acts were inducted into the Hall of Fame with an additional act inducted at the following ARIA Music Awards.
On 1 July 2008 Hall of Fame ceremony, held at the Melbourne Town Hall, ARIA stated that the Hall of Fame ceremony would be completely separate from the ARIA Music Awards – there would be no additional inductees at the latter ceremony.
ARIA had opened the Hall of Fame ceremony to the general public for the first time, and ARIA president Ed St John announced that a new annual exhibition, at the Melbourne Arts Center from November, would showcase memorabilia honouring the Hall of Fame inductees. In 2011, the ceremony returned to the general ARIA Music Awards with two new inductees. In late 2017 ARIA established the Australian Music Vault at the Melbourne Arts Center, which includes a section for all the inductees since 1988
Aria Hall Of Fame 2020, The 2020 ARIA Music Awards is the 34th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Awards (generally known as ARIA Music Awards or simply The ARIAs) and consist of a series of awards. The ARIA Awards ceremony occurred on 25 November 2020, with Delta Goodrem as host.
However, due to COVID-safe restrictions, it was without an audience and was broadcast from the Star Event Center, Sydney on the Nine Network around Australia. In place of the usual Red-Carpet event, a pre-show was broadcast from The Star’s backstage and was hosted by Ash London and Mitch Churi. The pre-show had 16 awards presented ahead of the main ceremony.
Upon the announcement of Archie Roach’s induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, the Indigenous Australian musician reflected on changes for local First Nations people during his career.
He had released his debut album, Charcoal Lane, in May 1990 and its lead single, “Took the Children Away” (September 1990). He detailed his own experience of the Stolen Generations and addressed the issue of the Australian government’s policy, where Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their parents. Roach observed, “When you have written a song and perform a song you just hope people listen to it. I am glad that I was among the first people that opened up about that and began that conversation.” He also acknowledged the wider acceptance of Indigenous artists, “I feel more Australian now, I feel more part of the broader community rather than a sub-group or a subculture.”
For the virtual ceremony Roach was at the Lighthouse Theater, Warrnambool (his hometown), where he was joined for his song, “Took the Children Away”, by family, friends and collaborators including Paul Grabowsky (piano), Paul Kelly (vocal), Linda Bull (vocal), Jessica Hitchcock (vocal), Steve Magnusson (guitar), Sam Anning (bass guitar), Dave Beck (drums), Erkki Veltheim (violin), and Nola Roach (vocal). Besides his induction, Roach won two more awards, Best Male Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album for Tell Me Why (November 2019).