APRA Awards Announced

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – The 2017 APRA Music Awards were held last night at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom in Sydney culminating in Harley Streten pka Flume being named as Songwriter of the Year. Flume also took home the awards for Dance Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work for Never Be Like You feat. Kai.

Flume recently followed up his haul of eight ARIA Awards with a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album for Skin.

The prestigious Song of the Year award was taken out by Oliver Perry pka D.D Dumbo for his work ‘Satan’. D.D Dumbo released his long-awaited, universally acclaimed debut album, Utopia Defeated, late last year to rave reviews from local and international publications including Rolling Stone, Line of Best Fit and Mojo, before going on to win the J Award for Australian Album of the Year.

Troye Sivan has been named the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. From his humble beginnings in suburban Perth, Troye quickly evolved into a YouTube superstar and now has more than 4 million subscribers to his channel. His critically acclaimed debut album, Blue Neighbourhood exploded on music charts around the world upon its release, and was one of the most streamed albums on Spotify in Australia in 2016.

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Sam Dixon has received the Overseas Recognition Award. Sam’s production and songwriting credits include Adele, Sia, Christina Aguilera, Carly Rae Jepsen, Paloma Faith and Jack Savoretti. Sam is also a Golden Globe nominee and his compositions have featured on multiple Grammy, BRIT, APRA and ARIA award winning albums.

Pop Work of the Year was awarded to Sia’s Cheap Thrills, which takes the songwriter’s APRA Music Award tally to eight.

Aleyce Simmonds took home her first APRA Music Award, winning Country Work of the Year for Greatest Companion.

The Blues & Roots Work of the Year award was taken out by 2013 triple j unearthed winner, Robbie Miller for ‘The Pain’, co-written with Nathan Morrison.

The Rock Work of the Year award was won by Perth’s Birds of Tokyo (writers Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glenn Sarangapany, Adam Spark and Adam Weston) for I’d Go with You Anywhere from their singles compilation, Playlist. This was Birds of Tokyo’s fourth career APRA Music Award win.

Papercuts feat. Vera Blue, the lead single from Illy’s fifth studio album Two Degrees, took home Urban Work of the Year. Composed by Alasdair Murray pka Illy, Mark Landon pka M-Phazes, Thomas Macken and Celia Pavey pka Vera Blue, the song is Illy’s highest charting single to date.

The Most Played Australian Work Overseas was Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’. As previously announced, the International Work of the Year was Adele’s global smash hit Hello and the inaugural Licensee of the Year award was given to Adelaide live music institution, The Gov, aka The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel.

Award winning journalist, Stan Grant, presented the 2017 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music to legendary songwriter, storyteller and activist, Archie Roach. Paul Kelly and A.B. Original with Dan Sultan closed the ceremony with a tender tribute to their friend performing ‘Took the Children Away’.

Julia Zemiro hosted the 2017 APRA Music Awards which also featured guest presenters Bernard Fanning, Hayley Mary (The Jezabels), Tex Perkins and Morgan Evans.

The awards showcased special musical performances including Tkay Maidza who opened the show with Simulation. Cloves performed her take on D.D Dumbo’s Song of the Year winner, Satan, and Busby Marou put their stamp on Amy Shark’s Adore. Kate Miller-Heidke performed Tim Minchin’s Come Home (Cardinal Pell) and Holy Holy took on Julia Jacklin’s Pool Party. Song of the Year nominee Julia Jacklin wowed the crowd with her interpretation of Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

The 2017 APRA Music Awards were filmed by MAX and will be transmitted exclusively on MAX in the days following the awards featuring exclusive interviews from the red carpet and backstage interviews with the Song of the Year performers.

2017 APRA Music Awards Winners:

Song of the Year
Title: Satan
Artist: D.D Dumbo
Writer: Oliver Perry
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Songwriter of the Year
Harley Streten pka Flume

Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Troye Sivan

Overseas Recognition Award
Sam Dixon

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Archie Roach

Licensee of the Year Award
The Gov, aka The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide

Most Played Australian Work 
Title: Never Be Like You
Artist: Flume feat. Kai
Writers: Harley Streten / Kai* / Geoffrey Earley^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic / Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Songs of SMP* / Warner/Chappell Music obo Artist 101^

Most Played Australian Work Overseas
Title: Riptide

Artist: Vance Joy
Writer: James Keogh
Publishers: Mushroom Music and WAU Publishing / Warner/Chappell Music

International Work of the Year
Title: Hello 
Artist: Adele
Writers: Adele Adkins / Gregory Kurstin*
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing obo Melted Stone / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Kurstin Music*

Country Work of the Year
Title: Greatest Companion
Artist: Aleyce Simmonds
Writer: Aleyce Simmonds
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Checked Label Services

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Title: The Pain
Artist: Robbie Miller
Writers: Robbie Miller / Nathan Morrison

Dance Work of the Year
Title: Never Be Like You
Artist: Flume feat. Kai
Writers: Harley Streten / Kai* / Geoffrey Earley^
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic / Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Songs of SMP* / Warner/Chappell Music obo Artist 101^

Rock Work of the Year
Title: I’d Go With You Anywhere
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publishers: Mushroom Music

Pop Work of the Year
Title: Cheap Thrills 
Artist: Sia
Writers: Sia Furler / Gregory Kurstin*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Kurstin Music*

Urban Work of the Year
Title:  Papercuts
Artist: Illy feat. Vera Blue
Writers: Alasdair Murray / Mark Landon pka M-Phazes * / Thomas Macken^ / Celia Pavey~
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo WAU Publishing / Universal Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Universal Music Publishing obo Canal Music~

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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