Paul Kelly won the Australasian Performing Right Association’s song of the year, on Tuesday April 10 at the Music Awards ceremony at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, for ‘Firewood and Candles’, co-written by Billy Miller. The song appears on Kelly’s most recent album Life is Fine, his first No.1 studio album. (Kelly had also won 2017 ARIAs wins for best male artist and best adult contemporary album).
The Awards ceremony was hosted by Julia Zemiro and presenters included Kasey Chambers, Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures and Andrew Farriss of INXS.
Queenslander Amy Shark won for for pop work of the year for the song ‘Adore’ (co-written with M-Phaze) from last year’s Night Thinker EP. Blues & Roots Work of The Year went to Busby Marou for ‘Best Part of Me’.
APRA’s songwriter of the year was A.B. Original. Peking Duk won the most played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year awards for Stranger featuring Elliphant. Birds of Tokyo won Rock Work of the Year for the song ‘Brace’. Sia earned the South Australian the award for most played Australian work overseas ‘Cheap Thrills’. Ed Sheeran was awarded APRA’s International Work of the Year award for his song ‘Shape of You’.
Other winners included Morgan Evans (Country Work of the Year), Chris DeStefano and Josh Osborne for the song ‘Kiss Somebody’ (performed by Morgan Evans) and Sarah Aarons (Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year).
The Overseas Recognition Award went to Ben Abraham and Kylie Sackley.
Last week APRA announced Midnight Oil as recipients of the annual Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.