Making TV history: 7 iconic moments from the TV WEEK Logies

From Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly's powerful acceptance speeches, to the many random guest appearances, special awards, and outrageous performances from our favourite stars – which is your favourite Logies moment?

It's Australian television's night of nights, and since the TV WEEK Logie's earliest beginnings in 1959, the awards ceremony has not been without spectacle and controversy.

As the 2018 TV WEEK Logies loom, we're taking a look back over the years at the most outrageous, heartwarming, hilarious, and special Logies moments. 

Carrie Bickmore wears a blue beanie

Celebrities using award acceptance speeches as airtime to highlight causes that are topical or just close to their heart is now a hotly anticipated part of the ceremony. This year, we've had Frances McDormand school the world on a concept called 'inclusion rider' as she accepted the Academy Award for best actress.

Back in 2015, however, Carrie Bickmore chose the occasion of scoring a Gold Logie to bring the nation's attention to brain cancer. She wore a blue beanie, in support of her late husband who battled the disease for over a decade. It was a heartfelt speech, in which Carrie shed light on a type of cancer that kills one Australian every eight hours, and receives very little funding. The next day, Australian's everywhere wore beanies in support of the cause. 

Waleed Aly and Noni Hazlehurst call out a lack of diversity in TV

As a follow up to his co-host Carrie's powerful call for awareness, in 2016 Waleed Aly of The Project won the Gold Logie and chose to call out the industry's longstanding lack of diversity. In the same year, Noni Hazlehurst was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame – the second woman to be granted the honour in Logies history. 

"Change only happens when enough people put up their hands and say ‘we’ve had enough'," she said. "I look forward to the day when it’s not an issue whether a man or a woman, or an Asian person or a Muslim person get anything in this country. We share more similarities than differences and I’m really keen to promote that idea because I think any other idea is divisive and potentially disastrous.”

The Goggleboxers watch themselves win

In 2016, Gogglebox Australia took out the prize for Best Factual Program. For a show that involves watching Australian families watch TV, the best part of the win was three days later when, in an Inception-style twist, we watched the families watch themselves win.  

A Gold Logie goes to the astronauts of Apollo 11

The moon landing is undeniably one of the most astonishing moments in human history – and a part of its greatness was, of course, the fact that it was televised for the world to witness back on earth. In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 11, and Neil Armstrong's "One small step for a man; and one giant leap for mankind," moment was awarded a special Gold Logie. 

As for whether SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will receive a special mention this year for his mindblowing broadcast of 'Starman' – the bright red Tesla roadster mounted on a rocket and currently speeding towards Mars – well, we'll have to wait and see. 

John Farnham does a duet with Tom Jones

The Logies have hosted a long list of wonderful and wild music acts over the years. There have been the spoofs – like Chris Lilley's performance in 2008 as Mr G. from Summer Heights High, and Kath and Kim's rendition of Lady Bump. Then there have been the spectacles, like One Direction's performance in 2012, or Kylie Minogue's 2014 performance where we weren't 100% certain she wasn't lip syncing a track called I was gonna cancel.

Though the most iconic musical act to show at the Logies to date has to be John Farnham and Tom Jones singing the iconic ACDC song, Long Way to the Top in 1993, bagpipe solo included.

Big Bird flies in for the occasion

Special guests over the years have included Joan Rivers, Muhammad Ali, and John Travolta. Though in 1995, Big Bird – the iconic yellow-feathered Sesame Street inhabitant – dropped into the Logies. The giant condor (or cassowary?) joined E Street's Alyssa-Jane Cook on stage for a special tribute to children's television.

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