News March 14, 2018

Producer/songwriters M-Phazes, Thief, lead APRA Awards nominations

Producer/songwriters M-Phazes, Thief, lead APRA Awards nominations

In a sign of the times, producer/songwriters M-Phazes and Thief lead the nominations for the 2018 APRA Music Awards, with four gongs apiece.

M-Phazes is recognised for his writing collaborations with Amy Shark and Illy.

PJ Harding, (aka Thief) prominence included co-writing Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Fallin’’ which is up for Song of the Year.

Up for three possible wins are Ivy Adara and Louis Schoorl, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles (Peking Duk), Amy Shark, Kaelyn Behr (Styalz) and Sam Littlemore.

With two apiece are PNAU, Bernard Fanning, The McClymonts, Busby Marou, Birds of Tokyo, Starley Hope and Peter Wadams, Illy, Sarah Aarons and International Work of the Year nominee, Ed Sheeran.

The Song of the Year is an interesting mix, with Amy Shark, Gang of Youths’ David Le’aupepe, Paul Kelly & Billy Miller, and Ainslie Wills & Lawrence Folvig.

The Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year category also captures some exciting new names that have created waves:

Alex Lahey, Ben Abraham, Celia Pavey  (Vera Blue), Gretta Ray and Sarah Aarons.

The 2018 APRA Music Awards will be held on Tuesday April 10 at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

It will be hosted by Julia Zemiro with live music performances curated by Robert Conley.

These are some of the category nominations:

SONG OF THE YEAR

‘Falln,’ performed by Jessica Mauboy, written by Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding aka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl (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+ )

‘Firewood and Candles’, performed by Paul Kelly, written by Paul Kelly* / Billy Miller (Sony/ATV Music Publishing*)

‘Running Second’ performed by Ainslie Wills, written by Ainslie Wills / Lawrence Folvig (Sony/ATV Music Publishing).

‘Weekends’ performed by Amy Shark, written by Amy Shark (Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing)

‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?; performed by Gang of Youths, written by David Le’aupepe (Universal Music Publishing)

BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Alex Lahey (Native Tongue Music Publishing)

Ben Abraham (Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo WGBR Music)

Celia Pavey (Vera Blue) (Universal Music Publishing / Canal Music Publishing)

Gretta Ray (independent)

Sarah Aarons (Sony/ATV Music Publishing)

MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK

‘Adore’ by Amy Shark, wr. by Amy Shark / M-Phazes* (Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*)

‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’ by Starley wr. by Starley Hope / Peter Wadams* (Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Alive and Well Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo P-Money Music*)

‘Chameleon’ by PNAU wr. by Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes^ (Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing obo Chenfeld^)

‘Fallin’ by Jessica Mauboy wr. by Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding aka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+ (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+)

‘Stranger’ by Peking Duk feat. Elliphant, wr. by Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)*/ Elliphant^ / Daniel Goudie+ / Ashley Milton+ (Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Publishing Company Ten AB and Prescription Songs^ / BMG)

‘Waves’ by Dean Lewis, wr. by  Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway^ (Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG obo Stage 3 Music Publishing* / BMG^)

Other categories are:

Country Work of the Year

Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Dance Work of the Year

Rock Work of the Year

Pop Work of the Year

Urban Work of the Year

International Work of the Year

Full list of nominees, songs and publishers at apraamcos.com.au

Three more awards, decided by the APRA Board of Publisher 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.

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