Three high profile musicians – Paul Kelly, Nick Cave and Jimmy Barnes – have been appointed as Officers in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list.
Kelly, long revered as one of Australia’s greatest songwriters, is also renowned as a spokesperson on indigenous issues. Kelly was honoured for “distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician”.
Jimmy Barnes, singer with Cold Chisel and successful solo artist, has been honoured for “distinguished services to the performing arts as a musician, singer and songwriter, and through support for not-for-profit organisations, particularly to children with a disability.”
“I just wanted to say thank you to whoever decides these things of course, but more importantly, those who have worked so hard and sweated with me at all the shows that I have done over the last 40 odd years,” said Barnes.
Nick Cave, currently touring Australia on the back of his recent acclaimed album Skeleton Tree, was honoured for “distinguished service to the performing arts as a musician, songwriter, author and actor, both nationally and internationally, and as a major contributor to Australian music culture and heritage”.