Crowded House have been inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame - but not without some protest from the Kiwis in the crowd.

The band received Australia's highest musical honour at a star studded event in Sydney, when they were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame by New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

(L-R) Nick Seymour, Mark Hart, Neil Finn and Matt Sherrod of Crowded House pose for a portrait after being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Photo / Getty Images
(L-R) Nick Seymour, Mark Hart, Neil Finn and Matt Sherrod of Crowded House pose for a portrait after being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Photo / Getty Images

But Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement had a few things to say about the award, telling Australia to stop stealing our bands.

"We must stop this, you've got enough bands in the Hall of Fame," Clement joked.

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"We really need Crowded House, our Hall of Fame is more of a doorway," Clement's comedy partner Bret McKenzie said.


Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning performed two of the band's biggest hits, Fall At Your Feet and Better Be Home Soon.

Crowded House themselves then played out their big moment with a performance of their hit Distant Sun .

Accepting the award Neil Finn thanked family, the "unsung heroes" behind the scenes and all the musicians who had played with them.


It is the 30th anniversary of the Aria music awards.

The other big winners included EDM artist Flume, hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods and kids favorite The Wiggles.

Main ARIA Award winners

Album Of The Year: Flume - Skin
Best Male Artist: Flume - Skin
Best Female Artist: Sia - This Is Acting
Best Dance Release: Flume - Skin
Best Group: Violent Soho - WACO
Breakthrough Artist: Montaigne - Glorious Heights
Best Pop Release: Flume - Never Be Like You
Best Independent Release: Flume - Skin
Song of the Year: Troye Sivan - Youth

- NZ Herald with AAP