It was Tame Impala?s night at the Arias, but the show-stopping performance came from Hall of Fame inductee Tina Arena who used her acceptance speech to slap down ageism. Though it left everyone shocked, what she said at the event was surely full of impact.
The show-stopper of the night, Tina Arena who blasted on to the stage with an army of female performers including the Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy, performing her hit, Chains.
In a wide-ranging speech, the singer paid out on ageism and sexism in the industry, reported The Guardian.
?I want to still acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game,? she said, name-checking Kylie, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Annie Lennox. ?Keep doing what you?re doing, ladies, because we will decide when it?s time for us to stop.?
- According to ABC, Arena said she hoped her own achievements would make it easier for women who want long careers in the music industry.
“What excites me now is knowing there never needs to be firsts like these again. 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.”
Many people were all praises for Arena. Towards the end of the show, Kylie Minogue said she was inspired by seeing Arena sing MacArthur Park on Young Talent Time and has a ?special contact? on the TV set to watch Arena up close ? her sister Dannii, reported News.Com AU.
?Thanks to Tina for being an at work big sister in the show and what an amazing mentor.
?You?ve shown the world how it?s done for the last four decades. You are the consummate professional.?