Living legend, and 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year, Archie Roach is set to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame this year.
It’s now 30 years since the release of Archie’s debut album Charcoal Lane, which received two ARIA Awards back in 1991.
Archie’s Awards shelf will be getting deservedly crowded, having also picked up three more ARIAs over the years, as well as a Human Rights Achievement Award and a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and spokesman for social justice.
Says Archie of the Hall of Fame nomination, “It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, whilst It’s been 30 years since I recorded my debut album Charcoal Lane, I do recall receiving two ARIA awards for that album. Through the years, writing and recording my songs, as well as touring, has helped me to heal and connect to audiences around the country. To be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame is validation that no matter where you have come from and the struggles that you had to overcome through the years, that you can achieve great things if you set your mind and heart to it. Your achievements are only as good as the people around you and I have been blessed with a great team.”
The ceremony is set to go down on Wednesday, November 25. Here’s a look back at Archie at the ARIAs: