Vale Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022)
Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE has died at the age of 73 following a 30-year long battle with breast cancer. The British-born Australian singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist was perhaps best known for starring in such films as Grease (1978), Xanadu (1980) and A Few Best Men (2011) and hits like I Honestly Love You and Physical.
Newton-John’s early music was rooted in country pop. She was named the CMA ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in 1974, defeating the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and Anne Murray. She also took home the GRAMMY for ‘Best Female Country Vocal Performance’ in 1973 and collaborated with country superstars Keith Urban and Vince Gill.
With global sales of more than 100 million records and four GRAMMY wins to her name, Newton-John was one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century.
As the world mourns, there’s no doubt that Newton-John touched the lives and hearts of so many, including those in country music. Here are some of their tributes.
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Livvie brought the most divine light into the world… so much love, joy, inspiration and kindness...and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you ❤️— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) August 9, 2022
- Keith and Nic pic.twitter.com/pKesZauyQr
such sad news! what a sweet soul. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) August 8, 2022
olivia newton-john forever 💔 pic.twitter.com/FzbrgFIOzB— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) August 8, 2022
💔💔What a heartbreaking week … 2 pioneering Australian Women in the entertainment industry 😢😢 https://t.co/RC39LoIik1— Gretta Ziller (@GrettaZiller) August 8, 2022
What a beautiful, talented and strong woman!! Wet sad to hear about the passing of Australian icon Olivia Newton-John 😞 Thank you for setting the bar so high Olivia you truly changed many lives around the world not only with your music but with your incredible work. RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/VAy8lN0DxR— Jason Owen (Australia) (@jasonowen070) August 8, 2022
Hopelessly Devoted To You - A classic from our very own Australian icon Olivia Newton-John. May you rest in peace Olivia and I know your music will live on forever ❤️🎶Posted by Jason Owen on Monday, August 8, 2022
I am heartbroken 💔 We lost a legend today. Olivia, thank-you. I grew up watching you & singing along.— C A S S I D Y ︎︎♥︎ R A E (@thecassidyrae) August 8, 2022
My condolences go out to her family.#RIPOliviaNewtonJohn #OliviaNewtonJohn pic.twitter.com/WKl2SULZR8
RIP Olivia Newton John, thank you xx pic.twitter.com/73hvCVsRzh— Troy Cassar-Daley (@troycassardaley) August 8, 2022
We just saw the news 😢 @olivianj you remain such an inspiration for so many. ♥️— The Chicks (@thechicks) August 8, 2022
This page is being updated. We’ll add more as we find them.
You can donate to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund here.