Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on 1 November 1967) is an Australian singer-songwriter, actress and record producer. Arena splits her time between Australia, France and the UK, but has been based in Melbourne since 2011. Arena is one of Australia’s highest selling female artists and has won several awards, most notably six ARIA Awards and the World Music Award for best-selling Australian artist, which she received in both 1996 and 2000. In 2009, Arena was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy for her contributions to French culture. She is the first Australian to have received that order of state.