Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer and actress who started her career as a child actress on Australian television, later achieving recognition through her role in the television soap opera ‘Neighbours’, before turning her attention to music in 1987.
Her first single ‘Locomotion’ spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart and became the highest-selling single of the decade. Her 1988 debut album ‘Kylie’ and the single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ both performed well on international charts, particularly in Australia and the UK. After four albums she left Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1992 to establish herself as an independent performer. Her next single ‘Confide in Me’ reached number one in Australia and was a hit in several European countries, and a duet with Nick Cave ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ brought Minogue a greater degree of artistic credibility.
She returned to prominence in 2000 with the single ‘Spinning Around’ from the dance-oriented album ‘Light Years’ and she performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The following year her single ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ reached number one in more than 40 countries, and the album ‘Fever’ was a hit in many countries, including the US.
Minogue has achieved worldwide record sales in excess of 68 million, and has embarked on several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours. In 2008 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and was awarded France's highest cultural honour, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. On November 27, 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Music Awards, Kylie Minogue was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.