Nominees announced for the 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards #VAPRAs

Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020

Thelma Plum's 'Better in Blak' is a nominee for Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year - watch all the Song of the Year nominees

With the 2020 APRA Music Awards now taking place as an online event on the evening of Monday 25 May, APRA AMCOS is prouder than ever to acknowledge the work of this year’s contenders.  The 2020 collective features Australia’s most outstanding songwriting success stories of 2019 and we applaud them all. 

"If ever there was a time to acknowledge the work of songwriters – both those on stage and those who work quietly behind-the-scenes – it is now, which is why we have committed to the 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards. 

"Our songwriters give us so much - they contribute enormously to our economic and cultural wealth, and in a world of self-isolation, never has the comfort, poignancy, or uplift of a song been more important! The nominees provide a ready-made #AussieMade playlist of fantastic music. We look forward to celebrating their success, as part of our support of all Australian music creators. ‘See' you May 26th!" said APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, Dean Ormston.

 

Without further ado, we are honoured to announce this year’s nominees for the 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards.

Leading the charge with four nominations is Tones And I who appears with her global sensation 'Dance Monkey' in the categories of Most Performed Australian Work, Most Performed Pop Work and Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year. She is also nominated as Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.

With three nominations a-piece are The Teskey Brothers (songwriters Josh Teskey, Sam Teskey, Liam Gough and Brendon Love), who also appear in the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year and Most Performed Blues & Roots category for 'I Get Up.' They have also landed a place in the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year category. Guy Sebastian’s anthemic song 'Choir' has scored he and co-writers Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, the US pair who collaborate as The Orphanage, a nomination for Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year, as well as Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Pop Work.

A number of songwriters have each received two nominations, including Thelma Plum for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year and the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year 'Better in Blak'; Hilltop Hoods, Birds of Tokyo, Dean Lewis, Phil Barton, Lindsay Rimes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Illy and 2019’s APRA Songwriter of the Year Sarah Aarons.  The list of dual nominees also includes first time nominee KIAN and co-writer Jerome Farah.  KIAN took out triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2018 and has been on the rise ever since.

Also receiving their first ever APRA Music Awards nominations are David Novak and John-Henry Pajak (Polish Club)Ruel, Ziggy Alberts, Dom Dolla, Ruby Fields and co-writer Chris Collins, Thomas Jordan and Mitchell Thompson of country-pop duo Seaforth, Ben Stewart of Melbourne indie rock band Slowly SlowlyRunning Touch and Cassian on their work with Hayden JamesXavier Dunn, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, and hip-hop tearaways Triple One (Conor Grealish, Martin Guilfoyle, William Gunns and Dominic Kim). 

The APRA Songwriter of the Year will be revealed during the virtual awards event. The recipient of the Licensee of the Year and winner of the Most Performed International Work will be announced in mid-May.

We congratulate all the nominees for the 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards. We urge you to do as much as you can to support Australian music during this time. Please visit thesoundofsilence.com.au for comprehensive information on what you can do to help.

The 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards will be streamed on Monday 25 May 
With Musical Direction by Kate Miller-Heidke
 
The 2020 nominees playlist can be streamed and shared via Spotify and Apple Music.

2020  VIRTUAL APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES
 
Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year
 
Title: Better in Blak
Artist: Thelma Plum
Writers: Thelma Plum* / Alexander Burnett / Oliver Horton
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
 
Title: Choir
Artist: Guy Sebastian
Writers: Guy Sebastian / Trevor Brown* / William Simmons*
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir*
 
Title: Dance Monkey
Artist: Tones And I
Writer: Toni Watson
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tones and I
 
Title: I Get Up
Artist: The Teskey Brothers
Writers: Liam Gough / Brendon Love  /Josh Teskey / Sam Teskey 
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music
 
Title: Teeth
Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer
Writers: Luke Hemmings / Ashton Irwin / Louis Bell*/ Ali Tamposi~ / Ryan Tedder> / Andrew Watt° / Gillian Gilbert^ / Peter Hook^ / Stephen Morris^ / Evan Rogers+ / Carl Sturken+ / Bernard Sumner^ 
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir~ / Downtown Music Publishing> / Kobalt Music Publishing° / Universal Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+ 
 
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
 
Writer: Ruel van Dijk pka Ruel
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing                      
 
Writer:  Sampa Tembo pka Sampa the Great                                
 
Writer: Thelma Plum        
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 
 
Writers: Liam Gough, Brendon Love, Josh Teskey and Sam Teskey, (The Teskey Brothers)
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music         
 
Writer: Toni Watson pka Tones And I
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tones and I 

Most Performed Australian Work 
 
Title: 7 Minutes
Artist: Dean Lewis
Writers: Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG Rights Management*
 
Title: Choir
Artist: Guy Sebastian 
Writers: Guy Sebastian / Trevor Brown* / William Simmons*
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir*
 
Title: Dance Monkey
Artist: Tones And I
Writer: Toni Watson
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tones and I 
 
Title: Good Lord
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music
 
Title: Waiting
Artist: KIAN
Writers: Kian Brownfield / Jerome Farah*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo KB Recording / Mushroom Music*

Most Performed Alternative Work
 
Title: God Forgot
Artist: The Rubens
Writers: Scott Baldwin / Elliott Margin / Sam Margin / Zaac Margin / William Zeglis
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music
 
Title: Good Lord
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music
 
Title: Miracle Love
Artist: Matt Corby
Writers: Matt Corby / Dann Hume*
Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
 
Title: Radio Silence
Artist: Gretta Ray
Writer: Gretta Ray
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 
 
Title: Waiting
Artist: KIAN
Writers: Kian Brownfield / Jerome Farah*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo KB Recording / Mushroom Music*
  
Most Performed Blues & Roots Work 
 
Title: Blackbird
Artist: Tash Sultana
Writer: Tash Sultana
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana
 
Title: I Get Up
Artist: The Teskey Brothers
Writers: Liam Gough / Brendon Love / Josh Teskey / Sam Teskey 
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music
 
Title: Just Call
Artist: John Butler Trio
Writer: John Butler
Publishers: Downtown Music Publishing obo Family Music
 
Title: Laps Around the Sun
Artist: Ziggy Alberts
Writer: Ziggy Alberts
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Commonfolk Records
 
Title: Sound of Summer
Artist: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / Phil Barton* / Lindsay Rimes
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Mushroom Music* 

Most Performed Country Work 
 
Title: Backroad Nation
Artist: Lee Kernaghan
Writers: Lee Kernaghan* / Phil Barton^ / Colin Buchanan* / Garth Porter+ / Lindsay Rimes~
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing* / Mushroom Music obo Anthem Entertainment^ / Perfect Pitch Publishing+ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing~
 
Title: Girl
Artist: Maren Morris
Writers: Sarah Aarons / Greg Kurstin / Maren Morris*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Downtown Music Publishing*
 
Title: Happy
Artist: Travis Collins
Writers: Travis Collins / Allison Veltz*
Publishers: ABC Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music*
 
Title: Love That
Artist: Seaforth
Writers: Thomas Jordan* / Mitchell Thompson^ / Daniel Ross+ / Michael Whitworth
Publishers: ABC Music Publishing* / Warner Chappell Music^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+
 
Title: Wouldn’t Change a Thing
Artist: Troy Cassar-Daley
Writers: Troy Cassar-Daley / Greg Storer*
Publishers: Mushroom Music / ABC Music Publishing*
 
Title: Young Again
Artist: Morgan Evans
Writers: Morgan Evans / Chris DeStefano* / Joshua Kear^
Publishers: Warner Chappell Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Downtown Music Publishing^

Most Performed Dance Work 
 
Title: Better Together
Artist: Hayden James feat. Running Touch
Writers: Hayden James* / Matthew Kopp^ / Jack Glass+ / Cassian Stewart-Kasimba
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic* / BMG Rights Management^ / Universal Music Publishing+ 
 
Title: Solid Gold
Artist: PNAU ft. Kira Divine & Marques Toliver
Writers: Nick Littlemore* / Sam Littlemore / Peter Mayes* / Shakira Marshall / Marques Toliver 
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing* 
 
Title: Sugar
Artist: Peking Duk ft. Jack River
Writers: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Holly Rankin* / Kaelyn Behr^ / Xavier Dunn^ / Karsten Dahlgaard+ / Rene Dif> / Claus Norreen> / Anders Oeland+ / Johnny Pedersen+ / Soren Rasted> 
Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Mushroom Music* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^ / Warner Chappell Music+ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing>
 
Title: Take It
Artist: Dom Dolla
Writer: Dominic Matheson
Publishers: Sweat It Out Publishing administered by Kobalt Music Publishing
 
Title: Treat You Better
Artist: RÜFÜS DU SOL
Writers: Jonathon George / James Hunt / Tyrone Lindqvist / Jason Evigan* / Mark Foster^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo RÜFÜS DU SOL / BMG Rights Management* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^
 
Most Performed Pop Work 

Title: 7 Minutes
Artist: Dean Lewis
Writers: Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG Rights Management*
 
Title: All Loved Up
Artist: Amy Shark
Writers: Amy Shark / Jack Antonoff* 
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* 
 
Title: Choir
Artist: Guy Sebastian 
Writers: Guy Sebastian / Trevor Brown* / William Simmons*
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir*
 
Title: Dance Monkey
Artist: Tones And I
Writer: Toni Watson
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tones And I 
 
Title: Never Really Over
Artist: Katy Perry 
Writers: Daniel James / Leah Haywood / Hayley Warner* / Katy Perry* / Gino Barletta* / Michelle Buzz* / Jason Gill* / Dagny Sandvik^ / Anton Zaslavski+ 
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Warner Chappell Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing +

Most Performed Rock Work 
          
Title: Clarity
Artist: Polish Club
Writers: David Novak / John-Henry Pajak
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
 
Title: Dinosaurs
Artist: Ruby Fields
Writers: Ruby Fields / Chris Collins*
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
 
Title: Jellyfish
Artist: Slowly Slowly
Writer: Ben Stewart
Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing 
 
Title: Shutting Down Our Town
Artist: Jimmy Barnes ft Troy Cassar-Daley
Writer: Troy Cassar-Daley
Publisher: Mushroom Music 
 
Title: Otherside
Artist: The Living End
Writers: Chris Cheney / Scott Owen / Andy Strachan / Tobias Kuhn*
Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Kobalt Music Publishing*

Most Performed Urban Work 
 
Title: Butter
Artist: Triple One
Writers: Conor Grealish / Martin Guilfoyle / William Gunns / Dominic Kim
 
Title: Cool As Hell
Artist: Baker Boy
Writers: Danzal Baker / Carl Dimataga / Jesse Ferris* / Morgan Jones* / Brendan Tuckerman* / Dallas Woods^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing^
 
Title: Exit Sign
Artist: Hilltop Hoods ft. Illy & Ecca Vandal
Writers: Barry Francis (DJ Debris) / Matthew Lambert (Suffa) / Daniel Smith (MC Pressure)/ Alasdair Murray (Illy)* / Sarah Aarons / Andrew Burford^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / BMG Rights Management* / Universal Music Publishing^
 
Title: Leave Me Lonely
Artist: Hilltop Hoods
Writers: Barry Francis (DJ Debris) / Matthew Lambert (Suffa) / Daniel Smith (MC Pressure)/ Leigh Ryan* / Richard Berry^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing* / Campbell Connelly^
 
Title:  Then What
Artist: Illy
Writers: Alasdair Murray (Illy) / Tobias Frelin* / Elias Naslin*
Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Kobalt Music Publishing*
  
Most Performed International Work 
 
Title: Happier
Artist: Marshmello ft. Bastille
Writers: Marshmello / Dan Smith* / Steve Mac*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*
 
Title: Nothing Breaks Like A Heart 
Artist: Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus
Writers: Mark Ronson / Miley Cyrus* / Thomas Brenneck^ / Ilsey Juber+ / Clement Picard> / Maxime Picard> / Conor Szymanski+
Publishers: Native Tongue Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing* / BMG Rights Management^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing+ / Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music>
 
Title: Promises
Artist: Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
Writers: Calvin Harris* / Sam Smith* / Jessie Reyez^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / BMG Rights Management^
 
Title: Shallow
Artist: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Writers: Stefani Germanotta*^ / Mark Ronson*+ / Anthony Rossomando*> / Andrew Wyatt*>
Publishers: Universal/MCA Music Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^ / Native Tongue Music Publishing+ / Downtown Music Publishing> 
 
Title: Sunflower
Artist: Post Malone & Swae Lee
Writers: Post Malone*+ / Swae Lee*^ / Louis Bell* / Carter Lang*^ / Carl Rosen*+ / William Walsh*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+ / Warner Chappell Music^ 


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