The Aussie (and Kiwi) songwriters behind 27 Grammy nominations

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017

Congratulations to a very talented contingent of APRA AMCOS members who have contributed to a total of 27* nominations in the 60th Annual Grammy Awards list revealed yesterday.

THE NOMINEES

Grammy regulars Lorde and Sia both received one nomination each – Lorde with 'Album of the Year' for Melodrama and Sia with 'Best Song Written For Visual Media' for Never Give Up (from Lion).

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds scored a nomination for 'Best Music Film' for One More Time With Feeling; while their Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 - 2014) received a nod for 'Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package'.

Rounding out the official nominations list are Mansionair ('Best Dance Recording' forLine of Sight by Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair), Opetaia Foa’I ('Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media' for Moana: The Songs) and Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood ('Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance Song' for What A Beautiful Name).

*UPDATE 14/12/2017 (bringing total to 27) - Due to an administrative error (since corrected by the Grammys) Chris 'Tek' O'Ryan's 'Record of the Year' nomination for engineering Despacito was overlooked. Chris is no stranger to the Grammys having won in 2009 for his work on Mary J. Blige's album Growing Pains, and with two nominations for his work on Katy Perry's album Teenage Dream in 2011Last year he received four nominations for his work with Justin Bieber on his album Purpose. Belated congratulations Chris!

BEHIND THE SCENES

A raft of Australian and New Zealand songwriters also contributed to nominated works across pop, rap, rock, gospel, reggae, new age, electronic/dance and more, including Ben Abraham (pictured), Sarah Aarons, Stuart Crichton, Joel Little, Kevin Parker, Nick Murphy, Jess Chalker, David Ryan Harris, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ben Anderson, Nick Martin, Carl Dimataga, Aaradhna, and Paul Mabury.

Topping off an incredible year that has seen him writing with some of the industry’s biggest names, Ben Abraham makes his first Grammys appearance, contributing to two nominations. Abraham co-wrote Kesha’s critically acclaimed comeback single Praying, nominated for 'Best Pop Solo Performance'. The track is also the lead single from 'Best Pop Vocal Album' nominated Rainbow. Australian based songwriter and producer Stuart Crichton also co-wrote with Kesha for Rainbow’s third single - Learn To Let Go.

At just 23 years old and now based in LA, Sarah Aarons is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most in-demand pop songwriters. This year she simultaneously had the most heard track on US Pop Radio with Stay by Zedd feat. Alessia Cara, and the most played track on triple j with Cosmos Midnight’s History. Topping off that achievement, Stay was nominated for 'Best Pop Duo/Group Performance'.

New Zealand wunderkind Joel Little is well known to Grammy list-watchers having previously been nominated for 'Record of the Year' and winning 'Song of the Year' in 2014 with regular collaborator Lorde. This year his production and songwriting contribution is seen on six tracks across three nominated albums:

Album of the Year: Melodrama (Lorde) with tracks Green Light and Supercut
Best Pop Vocal Album: Evolve (Imagine Dragons) with Whatever It Takes
Best Urban Contemporary Album: American Teen (Khalid) with Young, Dumb & Broke, Therapy and 8TEEN

Khalid’s American Teen also features a collaboration with two Australian members, Nick Martin and Carl Dimataga, on track Cold Blooded.

Homegrown hero Kevin Parker, previously nominated with his band Tame Impala for 'Best Alternative Music Album' at both the 2014 and 2016 Grammys, co-wrote Lady Gaga’s first single, Perfect Illusion, on 'Best Pop Vocal Album' nominated Joanne.

Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, who is no stranger to local award events, co-wrote and performed on No Reason (feat. Nick Murphy) lifted from Bonobo’s Migration, nominated for 'Best Dance/Electronic Album'.

Demonstrating the vast scope of our members talents across varying genres, Jess Chalker’s track Say Hello appears on Lisa Loeb’s 'Feel What U Feel' – nominated for 'Best Children’s Album'.

David Ryan Harris, widely known for his work with popular/contemporary artists such as Guy Sebastian, Nick Jonas and John Mayer, demonstrates his songwriting agility with three songs - Breathe The Shell, Life I Know and One - on the 'Best New Age Album' nominated SongVersation: Medicine from Grammys regular India.Arie.

Twice nominated for 'Best R&B Performance' (in 2013 and 2016), Hiatus Kaiyote’s track Atari was sampled by Kendrick Lamar on his track Duckworth, featuring on his critically acclaimed fourth studio album DAMN. - nominated for  'Album of the Year' and 'Best Rap Album'.

New Zealand’s Ben Anderson has two tracks (Funny Little Things and Tunnels) on The Stories We Tell Ourselves from American alt-metal band Nothing More - nominated for 'Best Rock Album'.

Aaradhna, best known for her New Zealand #1 album Brown Girl, co-wrote and sang on I Got You taken from J Boog’s album Wash House – nominated for 'Best Reggae Album'.

Last, and certainly not least, Paul Mabury contributed his songwriting talents to Cross Over: Live From Music City by Travis Greene on track Love Will Always Win. Cross Over is nominated for Best Gospel Album.

The artistic achievements of our members are reflected in the economics of music as well, with songwriting being hailed as "one of Australia's fastest growing export industries," in an article in the Australian Financial Review, citing the $43.5m royalties earned overseas by APRA AMCOS members in 2016-17, a 13.6 per cent year on year growth and more than double the $21.8m collected just four years ago.

The 60th Grammy Awards take place in New York Sunday, 28 January 2018 (29 January local time ANZ).

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