We just can’t get her out of our head, as Kylie, 46, tantalised her legions of followers by wearing a super-sexy semi-sheer gown as she picked up the award at the Qantas Australia Day gala dinner at London’s Australia House.
Meanwhile it was confirmed today that Kylie should be so lucky as to top the bill at a major outdoor concert in Hyde Park on June 21.
The former ‘Neighbours’ actress has sold 70 million records since her first single, ‘Locomotion’, was released in 1987. But despite her incredible success Kylie has had to overcome serious setbacks.
In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer halfway through her Showgirl world tour. She successfully battled the disease, and has since been awarded an honorary degree by Anglia Ruskin University in recognition of her work in raising awareness of the illness. Her contribution included launching ‘One Note Against Cancer’, a charity to help cancer research.
Chelsea-based Kylie said: “I’m truly honoured to receive this award – to know I’m doing my fellow Aussies proud over here in the UK is a great feeling!”
Australia Day Foundation director Bill Muirhead said: “I can think of no other Australian artist who has produced the quantity and quality of work that Kylie Minogue has throughout her career. She is an icon in the world of music and an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Her legacy goes beyond music. She continues to work tirelessly to raise money for many charities. In recognition of her work not just as an international performer, but for her work promoting breast cancer awareness and inspiring young women the world to take care of their health, the Australia Day Foundation considers Kylie Minogue a truly worthy recipient of the 2015 Australian of the Year in the UK award.”
Her head must be spinning around.
Writer and broadcaster Howard Jacobson was awarded the title of Honorary Australian of the Year for displaying “archetypal Aussie characteristics in abundance”, and novelist Evie Wyld was named Young Australian of the Year. All three awards were presented by Australian high commissioner Alexander Downer.