TV and music legend Ian “Molly” Meldrum will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on November 26, making history as the first non-recording artist to be awarded the title.

With a career spanning decades, Meldrum — who is openly gay — and his iconic hat rose to national fame while he was the host of the Countdown music program on ABC.

Countdown became one of the most-loved and most-watched programs on Australian television, and turned Meldrum into one trusted voices in music.

He also appeared as the music critic for the long-running Hey Hey! It’s Saturday variety show, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Logie Awards Hall of Fame.

Of his ARIA Hall of Fame induction — which will also include his iconic show Countdown — Meldrum said he was grateful.

“To be recognised by my peers and to be the first person who isn’t a musician inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame is such an honour,” he said.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share my undying love of this crazy, wonderful and never dull Australian music industry, long may it reign.”

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