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Olivia Newton-John: a life of awards, honors and advocacy

With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Olivia Newton-John has a raft of very impressive awards in music, film, and her public works

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With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Olivia Newton-John has a raft of very impressive awards in music, film, and her public works
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Generations have grown up with Olivia Newton-John looming large in our subconscious. Those of us who are old enough to remember her pop-country music to younger generations who will primarily remember her for her starring role in the film Grease.

Her list of achievements is impressive, with 10 AMAs, 9 Billboard Awards, 4 Grammys, and Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year on her resume, she was already a household name when the opportunity arose to act in a little Hollywood film.

On the back of Grease, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song (Hopelessly Devoted To You) and picked up a further four People’s Choice Awards. She was catapulted into that rarified air inhabited by the superstars and was given an OBE by the Queen.

Two years later, she had her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in later years, was recognized for her humanitarian and environmental work by becoming a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme and being awarded the Order of Australia.

The National Trust of Australia named Newton-John as a National Living Treasure in 2012, and she was elevated to Companion of the Order of Australia at the same time as the Queen made her a Dame of the British Empire.

A life of music and acting brought her into our homes and our hearts, but it is the work that she did to raise money for research and awareness for breast cancer that will be her lasting legacy.

First diagnosed in 1992, she spent the remainder of her life raising money for cancer research in the US and Australia. She was also a keen environmentalist, spearheading programs that sought to protect Australia’s basking sharks and even cancelled a concert in Japan in protest of the use of tuna nets that also killed dolphins. The Japanese government agreed to curb the practice if she would reschedule the engagement.

Advocating for children’s health and becoming known for her wholesome image, Newton-John was beloved by fans worldwide and is firmly ensconced in the Australian firmament as one of their brightest stars. She passed away at the age of 73 from breast cancer.

Here is a full list of her Awards and Honours.

Awards

Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards

  • Win: 1973 – Most Promising Female Vocalist
  • Nomination: 1974 – Top Female Vocalist

AGVA

  • 1974 – Rising Star of the Year

American Music Awards

Wins:

  • 1974 – Favorite Album – Country: Let Me Be There
  • 1974 – Favorite Female Artist – Country
  • 1974 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • 1974 – Favorite Single – Pop/Rock: “I Honestly Love You”
  • 1975 – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Have You Never Been Mellow
  • 1975 – Favorite Female Artist – Country
  • 1975 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • 1976 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • 1978 – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: “Grease”
  • 1982 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Nominations:

  • 1975 – Favorite Album – Country: “Have You Never Been Mellow”
  • 1979 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock
  • 1980 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock

Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards

Win:

  • 1999 – ARIA Award for Highest Selling Album: Highlights from The Main Event

Nomination:

  • 1999 – Best Adult Contemporary Album: “Highlights From The Main Event”
  • 2015 - Best Adult Contemporary Album: “Two Strong Hearts Live”

Billboard Awards

  • 1974 – Top Pop Singles Artist (Female)
  • 1975 – Top Pop Albums Artist (Female)
  • 1976 – Top Adult Contemporary Artist
  • 1979 – Top Soundtrack: “Grease”
  • 1982 – Top Pop Single: “Physical”
  • 1982 – Top Pop Singles Artist
  • 1982 – Top Pop Singles Artist (Female)
  • 1997 – Top Pop Catalog Album: “Grease”
  • 1998 – Top Pop Catalog Album: “Grease”

Cashbox Awards

  • 1974 – No.1 New Female Vocalist, Singles
  • 1975 – No.1 Female Vocalist, Singles
  • 1975 – No.1 Female Vocalist, Albums

Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Win:

  • 1974 – Female Vocalist of the Year

Nominations:

  • 1974 – Album of the Year – If You Love Me Let Me Know
  • 1974 – Entertainer of the Year
  • 1974 – Single of the Year – “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)”

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1999 – Outstanding Original Song – “Love Is A Gift”

Golden Globe Awards

Nominations:

  • 1978 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical - “Grease”
  • 1978 - Best Original Song in a Motion Picture by John Farrar - “You’re The One That I Want”

Mo Awards

  • 1998 - Australian Performer of the Year

Academy Awards

Nomination:

  • 1978 - Best Music, Original Song by John Farrar - Hopelessly Devoted To You

Grammy Awards

Wins:

  • 1973 – Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Let Me Be There”
  • 1974 – Record of the Year: “I Honestly Love You”
  • 1974 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “I Honestly Love You”
  • 1982 – Video of the Year: Olivia Physical

Nominations:

  • 1975 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Have You Never Been Mellow”
  • 1978 – Album of the Year: Grease
  • 1978 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Hopelessly Devoted to You”
  • 1980 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Magic”
  • 1981 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Physical”
  • 1982 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Heart Attack”
  • 1983 – Best Long Form Music Video: Olivia in Concert
  • 1984 – Best Short Form Music Video: “Twist of Fate”

Inside Film Awards

  • Best Music Video ‘Magic 2011′

King of Pop Awards

1976 – Best Australian International Performer

National Association of Retail Merchandisers (NARM)

  • Best Selling Album by a Female Country Artist: “If You Love Me, Let Me Know”
  • Best Selling Album by a Female: “If You Love Me, Let Me Know”

People’s Choice Awards

  • 1975 – Favorite Female Musical Performer (tied with Barbra Streisand)
  • 1977 – Favorite Female Musical Performer
  • 1979 – Favorite Female Musical Performer
  • 1979 – Favorite Motion Picture Actress

Record World

  • 1974 – Top Most Promising Country Albums Artist (Female)
  • 1974 – Top Most Promising Country Singles Artist (Female)
  • 1974 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums)
  • 1974 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Singles)
  • 1975 – Top Country Female Vocalist (Albums)
  • 1975 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums)
  • 1975 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Singles)
  • 1976 – Top Country Female Vocalist (Albums)
  • 1976 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums)
  • 1978 – Top New Pop Duo (Singles) with John Travolta

Honours

1979

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II

1981

Hollywood Walk of Fame

1990

Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme

1998

Cadillac Concept to the world Humanitarian Award for breast cancer research

1999

Red Cross – Humanitarian Award for breast cancer and environmental charity work

Women’s Guild of Cedar-Sinai Hospital – “Woman of the 21st Century” Award for breast cancer and environmental charity work

2000

Environmental Media Association – “Ermenegildo Zegna International Environmental Award” for increasing public awareness of environmental problems

Rainforest Alliance – Green Globe Arts and Nature Award for her contribution to the preservation of rainforests

2002

Australian Recording Industry Association – Hall of Fame

2006

Australia Day at Penfolds Black Tie Gala – Lifetime Achievement Award

Decatur Memorial Hospital (Illinois) – Humanitarian Award for her breast cancer awareness work from the

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to the entertainment industry as a singer and actor, and to the community through organisations supporting breast cancer treatment, education, training and research, and the environment”

2007

American-Australian Association Black Tie Gala – Lifetime Achievement Award

Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) – Valor Award for raising funds for cancer research

2008

Project Angel Food – Marianne Williamson Founder’s Award for her commitment to breast cancer awareness

2012

National Trust of Australia (NSW) - named a National Living Treasure of Australia

2015

Music Victoria Awards of 2015 - Hall of Fame

2019

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours

2021

Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette

Australian Women in Music Awards (Honour Roll)

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