2018 APRA Awards nominations announced, with producer-songwriters leading the charge

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018

The results are in! Featuring new kids on the songwriting block and established composers, today we reveal the nominees for the 2018 APRA Music Awards to be held on Tuesday 10 April in Sydney.

Leading the nominations with four nods a piece are Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer M-Phazes, who is nominated for his songwriting collaborations with Amy Shark and Illy, and PJ Harding, (pka Thief), nominated for APRA Song of the Year with co-writers Ivy Adara and Louis Schoorl for Fallin’ (performed by Jessica Mauboy) among other categories.

Also in the hotly contested Song of the Year category, APRA members have voted for Amy Shark for the second year in a row, this time for Weekends. Paul Kelly and co-writer Billy Miller are nominated for Firewood and Candles while Gang of Youths frontman David Le’aupepe’s song What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out? is also a contender. Ainslie Wills and Lawrence Folvig round out the category for Running Second.

The Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year category features a stellar cast of up and coming songwriters who have individually had great success both in Australia and abroad. They are Alex Lahey, Ben Abraham, Celia Pavey (pka Vera Blue), Gretta Ray and Sarah Aarons.

It’s three times a charm for songwriters Ivy Adara and Louis Schoorl, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles (Peking Duk), Amy Shark, Kaelyn Behr (Styalz) and Sam Littlemore who have each received three nominations for their songwriting work.

Dual nominees include works from PNAU, Bernard Fanning, The McClymonts, Busby Marou, Dean Lewis, Birds of Tokyo, Starley Hope and Peter Wadams, Illy, Sarah Aarons and International Work of the Year nominee, Ed Sheeran.

The nominees list also features works from songwriters as diverse as Tash Sultana, Cable Ties, Tkay Maidza, Jon Hume, Morgan Evans, Dune Rats, David Ryan Harris, Kasey Chambers and many others.

Three more awards, decided by the APRA Board of Directors, will be presented at the ceremony - Songwriter of the Year, Overseas Recognition Award and the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. The awards for Most Played Australian Work Overseas and Licensee of the Year will also be announced on the night.

The 2018 APRA Music Awards will be held on Tuesday 10 April at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The event will be hosted by Julia Zemiro with live music performances curated by Robert Conley.

2018 APRA Music Awards Nominees

Song of the Year

Title: Fallin’
Performer: Jessica Mauboy
Writers: Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+ 

Title: Firewood and Candles
Performer: Paul Kelly
Writers: Paul Kelly* / Billy Miller
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*

Title: Running Second
Performer: Ainslie Wills
Writers: Ainslie Wills / Lawrence Folvig
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: Weekends
Performer: Amy Shark
Writers: Amy Shark
Publisher: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Performer: Gang of Youths
Writer: David Le’aupepe
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year 

Writer: Alex Lahey
Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Writer: Ben Abraham
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo WGBR Music

Writer: Celia Pavey pka Vera Blue
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing / Canal Music Publishing

Writer: Gretta Ray

Writer: Sarah Aarons
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Most Played Australian Work

Title: Adore
Performer: Amy Shark
Writers: Amy Shark / M-Phazes*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*

Title: Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Performer: Starley
Writers: Starley Hope / Peter Wadams*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Alive and Well Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo P-Money Music*

Title: Chameleon        
Performer: PNAU
Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing obo Chenfeld^

Title: Fallin’
Performer: Jessica Mauboy
Writers: Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+

Title: Stranger
Performer: Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writer: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)*/ Elliphant^ / Daniel Goudie+ / Ashley Milton+
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Publishing Company Ten AB and Prescription Songs^ / BMG

Title: Waves
Performer: Dean Lewis
Writers: Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG obo Stage 3 Music Publishing* / BMG^

Country Work of the Year

Title: Ain’t No Little Girl
Performer: Kasey Chambers
Writer: Kasey Chambers 
Publishers: Mushroom Music

Title: Don’t Wish It All Away
Performer: The McClymonts
Writers: Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Lindsey Jackson*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing*

Title: House
Performer: The McClymonts
Writers: Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Sarah Aarons / Michael Fatkin*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*

Title: Kiss Somebody
Performer: Morgan Evans
Writers: Morgan Evans / Chris De Stefano*/ Josh Osborne^
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing obo SongsByMe / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo CDs Words & Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Smackville Music and Anderson Fork In The Road Music^

Title: My Breakup Anthem
Performer: Caitlyn Shadbolt
Writer: Caitlyn Shadbolt / Jared Porter

Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Title: Best Part of Me
Performer: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / Jon Hume
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: Getaway Car
Performer: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / David Ryan Harris
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: Isn’t It A Pity
Performer: Bernard Fanning
Writer: Bernard Fanning

Title: Jungle
Performer: Tash Sultana
Writer: Tash Sultana
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana P/L

Title: Reckless
Performer: Bernard Fanning
Writer: Bernard Fanning

Dance Work of the Year

Title: Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Performer: Starley
Writer: Starley Hope / Peter Wadams*
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Alive and Well Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo P-Money Music*

Title: Chameleon        
Performer: PNAU
Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing obo Chenfeld^

Title: Fake Magic
Performer: Peking Duk feat. AlunaGeorge
Writers: Adam Hyde* / Reuben Styles* / Sam Littlemore^ / Laura Lowther / Frances Dewji* / George Reid*
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing* / 120 Publishing^

Title: Mind Made Up feat. Kylie Auldist
Performer: Cookin’ on 3 Burners [Lenno vs. CO3B]
Writer: Lance Ferguson / Ivan Khatchoyan* / Jake Mason*
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing / Origin Music Publishing*

Title: Stranger
Performer: Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writer: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)*/ Elliphant^ / Daniel Goudie+ / Ashley Milton+
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Publishing Company Ten AB and Prescription Songs^ / BMG+

Rock Work of the Year

Title: Brace
Performer: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Title: Creepin
Performer: Kingswood
Writer: Alex Laska
Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Title: Empire
Performer: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston / David Bottrill*
Publishers: Mushroom Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Real World Music*

Title: Scott Green
Performer: Dune Rats
Writers: Danny Beusaraus / Brett Jansch / BC Michaels / Zachary Carper*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music LLC*

Title: The Producer
Performer: Cable Ties
Writers: Shauna Boyle / Nicholas Brown / Jennifer McKechnie

Pop Work of the Year

Title: Adore
Performer: Amy Shark
Writers: Amy Shark / M-Phazes*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*

Title: Fallin’ 
Performer: Jessica Mauboy
Writers: Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+

Title: Lay It On Me
Performer: Vance Joy
Writers: James Keogh / Dave Bassett*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir Media Music*

Title: Set In Stone
Performer: Guy Sebastian
Writers: Guy Sebastian / Stuart Crichton* / Taylor Parks^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing* / Warner/Chappell Music obo Taylor Monet Music^

Title: Waves
Performer: Dean Lewis
Writers: Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG obo Stage 3 Music Publishing* / BMG^

Urban Work of the Year

Title: Catch 22
Performer: Illy feat. Anne-Marie
Writers: Illy / M-Phazes*/ Grant Michaels^ / Suzanne Shinn^
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing obo SONGS Music Publishing^

Title: Moments
Performer: Bliss n Eso feat. Gavin James
Writers: Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Max Mackinnon+ / Nicholas Martin / Jonathan Notley+ / Ryan Vojtesak#
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Mushroom Music+ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing#

Title: Oh My feat. Jenna McDougall
Performer: Illy
Writers: Illy*/ M-Phazes^ / Jefferson Wolfe
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing*/ Universal Music Publishing^

Title: Simulation
Performer: Tkay Maidza
Writers: Tkay Maidza / Jessica Higgs pka George Maple* / Luke McKay^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Utopian Ideas Pty Ltd* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Dew Process^

Title: Think About It feat. Peta & The Wolves
Performer: Thundamentals
Writers: Jesse Ferris / Morgan Jones / Kevin Kerr / Brendan Tuckerman / Peta Jeffress*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing obo The Kennel AB*

International Work of the Year 

Title: 24K Magic
Performer: Bruno Mars
Writers: Bruno Mars / Christopher Brown* / Philip Lawrence^
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music / Warner/Chappell Music obo Late 80’s Music and Thou Art The Hunger*/ Universal/MCA Music obo ZZR Music^

Title: Castle On The Hill
Performer: Ed Sheeran
Writers: Ed Sheeran / Benjamin Levin*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music*

Title: Shape of You
Performer: Ed Sheeran
Writers: Ed Sheeran / Kevin Briggs* / Kandi Burruss^ / Tameka Cottle+ / Steven McCutcheon~ / John McDaid>
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / BMG and Warner/Chappell Music obo She K’em Down and Pepper Drive Music* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Kandacy Music and Tony Mercedes Music^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Tiny Tam Music and Tony Mercedes Music+ / Universal Music Publishing obo Rokstone Music~ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Spirit B-Unique Polar Patrol>

Title: Something Just Like This
Performer: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Writers: Andrew Taggart* / Chris Martin / Guy Berryman / Jonathan Buckland / William Champion
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Nice Hair Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing MGB

Title: There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Performer: Shawn Mendes
Writers: Shawn Mendes / Scott Friedman* / Teddy Geiger^ / Geoffrey Warburton+
Publishers: Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo Mendes Music / Warner/Chappell Music* / BMG and Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music LLC^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing+

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