Fans slam ARIAs for 'weak' Olivia Newton-John tribute: 'What did she do to deserve this?'

Fans have slammed a tribute to Olivia Newton-John after Natalie Imbruglia led a medley of the late singer’s greatest hits to close the 2022 ARIA Awards on Thursday.

The biggest night in Australian music ended with a performance of Hopelessly Devoted to You, You’re the One That I Want and Xanadu.

Joining the Torn hitmaker was some of Australia top talents, including Kye, Peking Duk, and Tones & I – but fans were left less than impressed with the ‘limp’ efforts.



Fans have slammed a tribute to Olivia Newton-John after Natalie Imbruglia (pictured) led a medley of the late singer's greatest hits to close the 2022 ARIA Awards on Thursday

Fans have slammed a tribute to Olivia Newton-John after Natalie Imbruglia (pictured) led a medley of the late singer’s greatest hits to close the 2022 ARIA Awards on Thursday

The Australian legend died aged 73 earlier this year after a long battle with breast cancer.

In 2002, Olivia was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and was nominated for three of the awards throughout her career. She took home the now discontinued gong for Highest Selling Album in 1999.

Due to her impressive accolades, many believed the tribute wasn’t enough.

The biggest night in Australian music ended with a performance of Hopelessly Devoted to You, You're the One That I Want and Xanadu. Pictured: Tones and I

The biggest night in Australian music ended with a performance of Hopelessly Devoted to You, You’re the One That I Want and Xanadu. Pictured: Tones and I

'Olivia Newton John deserved better than this,' one fan wrote on Twitter. Pictured: Kye and Peking Duk

‘Olivia Newton John deserved better than this,’ one fan wrote on Twitter. Pictured: Kye and Peking Duk

‘Olivia Newton John deserved better than this,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.

‘What a train wreck of a show, they should asked the music teacher from Apollo Bay to put it together #arias’ said another.

‘What the f- was that! Olivia deserved better than that sh-,’ commented one.

'Oh Olivia, I am soooo sorry,' one fan wrote

‘Oh Olivia, I am soooo sorry,’ one fan wrote

‘That’s the best they could do for ONJ? Embarrassing!’ wrote another.

‘This is the worst tribute to ONJ,’ added one more, and the Tweets just kept coming.

‘Lol god almighty, what a disaster,’ quipped yet another.

However, some fans were delighted with the medley.

‘That was an amazing tribute to an Australian icon Olivia Newton-John,’ said one.

However, some fans were delighted with the medley. 'That was an amazing tribute to an Australian icon Olivia Newton-John,' said one

However, some fans were delighted with the medley. ‘That was an amazing tribute to an Australian icon Olivia Newton-John,’ said one

‘We’re all hopelessly devoted to you #olivianewtonjohn (and how good is Tones & I)’ said another.

‘Beautifully done. Pleased it was all about the joy,’ said another.

Earlier in the show, Olivia’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi broke down as she delivered a heart-wrenching tribute to her late mother.

Speaking on screen at the The Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, the singer, 36, thanked the ceremony organisers for hosting a tribute to her pop star mother.



Chloe Lattanzi (pictured) broke down as she delivered a heartbreaking tribute to her late mother Olivia Newton-John at Thursday night's 2022 ARIA Awards

Chloe Lattanzi (pictured) broke down as she delivered a heartbreaking tribute to her late mother Olivia Newton-John at Thursday night’s 2022 ARIA Awards

‘Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so moved by all of the support that she received from Australia during her cancer battle,’ she began.

At this point, Chloe choked up and pressed a hand to her heart before continuing on.

‘Excuse me. I just wanted to say thank you so much for remembering her so beautifully and I ask that you continue to remember my mum and honour her by supporting the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre so that my mum’s dream can come true. A world without cancer.’

'Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so moved by all of the support that she received from Australia during her cancer battle,' she began. At this point, Chloe choked up and pressed a hand to her heart before continuing on

‘Thank you so much for doing this beautiful tribute to my mum. She was so grateful and so moved by all of the support that she received from Australia during her cancer battle,’ she began. At this point, Chloe choked up and pressed a hand to her heart before continuing on

‘Please enjoy the world without cancer. Please enjoy the night, live it up, have fun, enjoy the tribute and enjoy life like my mum did. Thank you so much,’ she finished.

Olivia died peacefully in her home in Southern California on the morning of August 8, surrounded by family and friends.

It came after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer in which she was diagnosed three times in 1992, 2013 and, for a final time, in 2017.

Her husband John Easterling revealed she, in her final days, wanted all Australians suffering from cancer to have access to alternative medicines.

Olivia (left) died peacefully in her home in Southern California on the morning of August 8, surrounded by family and friends. It came after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer in which she was diagnosed three times in 1992, 2013 and, for a final time, in 2017

Olivia (left) died peacefully in her home in Southern California on the morning of August 8, surrounded by family and friends. It came after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer in which she was diagnosed three times in 1992, 2013 and, for a final time, in 2017

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