ARIA Awards 2022: Olivia Newton-John honored with beautiful musical tribute at ARIAs

It’s not often ARIA Awards The ceremony ends with a commemorative part, but this year they made an exception for late Olivia Newton-John.

Superstars Natalie Imbruglia, Tones and I and Peking Duk graced the stage to perform a medley of hits made popular by the Aussie icon, including Hopelessly dedicated to you swear You are the one I want.

Watch the video above.

Natalie Imbruglia, Tones and I and Peking Duk close the ARIAs with a beautiful tribute to Olivia Newton-John.
Natalie Imbruglia closes the ARIAs with a beautiful tribute to Olivia Newton-John. (nine)

The trio was introduced on stage by Today Extra‘s Richard Wilkinswho was a good friend of Newton-John and her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.

“There’s only so much that can be said about Olivia, but probably the best way to say goodbye to her is with her music, right? he told the crowd.

“As Chloe’s daughter Liv said, this honor is not a memory, it’s a celebration. So please, with tears in our eyes and song in our hearts, let’s celebrate the life and career of the magnificent Olivia Newton-John.”

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Richard Wilkins pays tribute to good friend Olivia Newton-John at the 2022 ARIAs.
Richard Wilkins pays tribute to good friend Olivia Newton-John at the 2022 ARIAs. (Nine)

Earlier in the episode, Chloe appeared via video link to say a few special words about her mother.

“Hello Australia, hello ARIA” she began in the video package. “Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so overwhelmed by all the support she received from Australia in her fight against cancer.”

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“I just wanted to thank you so much for remembering her so beautifully and I ask that you continue to remember my mom and honor her by supporting the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Health and Research Center so that my mom’s dream can come true, a world without cancer.

“Please enjoy the night, live it up, have fun, enjoy the honor and enjoy life like Mom did. Thank you so much.”

Olivia Newton-John, daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, throwback photo
Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi. (Instagram)

Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time Imbruglia has paid tribute to the Grease star. In August, days after Newton-John’s death after a long battle with cancer, the actress joined Coldplay on stage to sing duet of summer nights with frontman Chris Martin – Newton-John’s famous duet with Fat co-star John Travolta.

Imbruglia also paid tribute to her icon on Instagram upon learning of her death.

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“It is terrible to hear of the death of Olivia Newton-John,” the former Neighbours star wrote at the time. “When I was a little girl I used to close my eyes and sing her songs and dream of one day being on a stage somewhere, singing, just like her. She was magical. A huge inspiration to me and so many other young kids who where sings into their hairbrush.”

“The purity of her voice, her grace…and she sang from the heart,” Imbruglia continued. “She was and will always be a shining light in this world. ✨ My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones during this very difficult time 💔❤️.”

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