Music journalist and drummer for The Saints Iain Shedden will be honoured with a permanent tribute by the ARIA board later this month.
The room will now be known as the Iain Shedden ARIA Media Suite, a change that was approved by the ARIA board last week.
Shedden spent 25 years working at The Australian, beginning in 1993, and tributes flowed in from around the industry following the news of his tragic passing last month.
“He was a legend,” said ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen. “He was a rare breed of journalist, someone who wasn’t trying to always trip you up.
“I wish we didn’t have to do this, but it’s a great way to honour his legacy for this year and for future years,” Rosen said.
‘‘He just exemplified everything you’d want in a music journalist — he loved music, he played music, and he was a great journalist — and we thought it would be a great way to honour his memory to have a lasting legacy that will hopefully inspire not just this generation but the next generation of music journalists that this is the gold standard that you should aspire to.”
The ARIA awards will take place in Sydney on Tuesday, 28th November, with Gang Of Youths and Paul Kelly dominating the nominations.