Kylie Minogue inducted into Aria hall of fame

Kylie Minogue: "I'm a very proud Australian"

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Kylie Minogue and children's entertainers The Wiggles have been inducted into the Aria Awards hall of fame in Sydney, Australia.

Minogue, 43, who was inducted by PM Julia Gillard, said she was "a very proud Australian".

"Red Wiggle" Murray Cook said the band, who have sold 30 million albums and DVDs, were "just a bunch of pre-school teachers... playing music for kids".

The awards are given by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

"I'm always bragging about our country wherever I am in the world and tonight's award means so much to me," Minogue told the audience at the Allphones Arena.

The singer, who has sold more than 68 million records, added: "I just want to let all of you know and everyone at home, that Australia I love you and I thank you very much."

The Wiggles' Cook said he and his fellow members had been on "such a wonderful ride".

"We've been playing for 20 years and this has been a great 20th year anniversary for us to get something like this."

Cook previously told BBC News the band played "early 60s style... but with different lyrics".

"In rock 'n' roll, the songs are mostly about love, but with children you can write about anything," he added.

"A ride in the car, what you're going to eat - it's quite limitless so you try to think what's in their world, what interests them. Everything's exciting to a young child."

Past hall of fame inductees include the Bee Gees, INXS, AC/DC, Rolf Harris and Mental As Anything.

Among other winners on the night were rock band Boy & Bear, who picked up five awards including album of the year for their debut collection Moonfire.

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