The 43-year-old pop star got emotional after accepting the honor from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
"I'm a very proud Australian," said Minogue. "I'm always bragging about our country wherever I am in the world and tonight's award means so much to me. And I just want to let all of you know and everyone at home that Australia I love you and I thank you very much."
Also honored was singer Pink; Australians voted her the most popular international artist. Pink was unable to attend, but she sent a video thanking her fans.