Performers for #VAPRAs announced

Thursday, 14 May 2020

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With the 2020 Virtual APRA Music Awards less than two weeks away, APRA AMCOS is excited to announce the performers for the event which will be streamed to music lovers everywhere  and hosted by hip-hop artist Briggs from 7:00pm AEST on Monday 25 May.

Dynamic duo John Butler and Mama Kin will team up for a very special performance. John is nominated in the Most Performed Blues and Roots category this year for Just Call and has been nominated for 16 APRA Music Awards since his breakout in 2004. 

Taking on one of the APRA Song of the Year tunes is the incredible Kira Puru, who recently released her empowering new single Idiot. Kira will be joined by Mo’Ju (formerly known as Mojo Juju). Mo’Ju’s most recent release came in November in the form of Ghost Town, a collaborative EP with Joelistics.

R&B singer-songwriter Nikka Costa will team up with her husband, producer, composer and musician Justin Stanley. Vocal powerhouse Costa, whose music combines elements of pop, soul, and blues, and Stanley, a Grammy nominated producer / engineer will bring their special chemistry to the #VAPRAs. 

Raised on church hymns and Johnny Cash William Crighton will grace viewers with his hybrid of traditional music and experimentation. The Riverina based troubadour’s family of followers are growing fast throughout the world. New York-based Australian singer, songwriter and artist The Dawn of MAY will make her APRA Music Awards debut, bringing her evocative lush vocals and hauntingly memorable sound to proceedings. 

The Most Performed International Work has gone to Shallow, the musical centerpiece of Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born. The song, which dominated airplay following the cinematic release, hit the # 1 chart position in 27 countries include Australia. It has earned superstar songwriter Stefani Germanotta (pka Lady Gaga) and co-writers Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt their first APRA Music Award, but it’s second time around for co-writer Mark Ronson, who previously took home the same award in 2016, for Uptown Funk.

The APRA Licensee of the Year award goes to the beloved Meredith Music Festival in Victoria. Starting in 1991 as a one-time event for a couple of hundred friends, the festival continued to grow, presenting eclectic lineups and attracting legions of loyal fans. Now 29 years on, Meredith Music Festival becomes the first Australian music festival to be recognised by APRA AMCOS for its commitment to artists and their music rights. We salute them for their music citizenship and bring you a word from Meredith Music Festival matriarch Aunty Meredith: 

Hello everyone, 

Thank you to APRA. The Meredith Music Festival is proud to play the role that it does in the songwriter’s ecosystem. Like everyone, we are looking forward to the time when we can again see, hear and feel those wonderful songs in the flesh again. A full-sensory inhalation would be nice, wouldn’t it?  Very best of luck to all the songwriters and artists at this time, and to those who work and play with them. 

Warmest regards,
Aunty Meredith

Please put the #VAPRAs date Monday 25 May in your ‘iso’ diary

We hope you’ll join us then.



6:30pm AEST Virtual Red Carpet kicks off

7:00pm AEST #VAPRAs broadcast commences

Hosted by Briggs

With Musical Direction by Kate Miller-Heidke

The APRA Music Awards nominees playlist can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.
For further information regarding criteria and eligibility of all APRA Music Awards categories, please visit the 
APRA AMCOS website

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