APRA AMCOS announce the nominees for the 2019 APRA Music Awards


The nominations are in! Today, APRA AMCOS is proud to announce the nominees for the 2019 APRA Music Awards, the annual event that celebrates excellence in contemporary music and honours songwriters and music publishers that have achieved outstanding success in their fields.


In a category that is 100% determined by APRA songwriter and publisher members, the final five contenders for the prestigious Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Yearcan now be revealed.


Joel Ma (Joelistics) and first-time nominees Mojo Juju and Rita Seumanutafa are nominated for Native Tongue, performed by Mojo Juju. Another songwriter receiving her first nomination is Angie McMahon, who secured peer support for her song Slow Mover. McMahon just took out the prestigious SXSW Grulke Prize for developing artists at the annual US music conference. Receiving back-to-back nods in the Song of the Year category is Ainslie Wills, who with co-writers Bram Inscore and MoZella, has been nominated for Society, a track written at SongHubs The Tower in 2017. Last year’s Song of the Year recipient and songwriting luminary Paul Kelly is nominated for With the One I Love, the first single from his recent LP, Nature. And appearing for the third consecutive year in the Song of the Year category is Amy Shark, this time with I Said Hi, a punchy, melodic anthem which was the lead track from Shark’s debut chart-topping album Love Monster.


Leading all contenders is last year’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, Sarah Aarons, with four nominations. Aarons continues to consolidate her reputation as a global hit-maker, thanks to high-profile collaborations with Peking Duk, The Rubens and co-writing credits on the Zedd worldwide smash Stay, and the Grammy-nominated The Middle. Amy Shark and 2019 Young Australian of the Year Danzal Baker, professionally known as Baker Boy, have three nominations a-piece.


Featuring a dynamic group of emerging songwriters that are having huge success both here and abroad are the five nominees for the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. They are hip-hop standout Danzal Baker (Baker Boy), global sensation Dean Lewis, multi-talented drummer-singer-songwriter Georgia Flipo (G Flip), Holly Rankin, who writes and performs as the psych-pop solo artist Jack River, and Tash Sultana, an explosive live artist who has commanded global attention and continues to sell out major arenas around the world. The winner will be determined by the APRA Board of Directors. 


Dual APRA Music Awards nominees for 2019 include PNAU, Vance Joy, Sheppard, Tash Sultana, Morgan Evans, Jack Ladder, Angie McMahon, and five-piece alternative rock band The Rubens, who are nominated twice in the Rock Work of the Year category. 


Other nominees include 2019 triple j Hottest 100 winners Ocean Alley, Hilltop Hoods, Bliss n Eso, Thundamentals, Sia, Peking Duk, Kasey Chambers, Angus & Julia Stone, Tori Forsyth, Kim Churchill, Gang of Youths, Jon Hume, The Wolfe Brothers and more. Phew! 


Two more awards, decided by the APRA Board of Directors, will be announced at the ceremony - Songwriter of the Year and the Overseas Recognition Award. The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, Most Played Australian Work Overseas and Licensee of the Year will also be presented at the2019 APRA Music Awards on Tuesday 30 April at Melbourne Town Hall.


Returning to host the APRA Music Awards is acclaimed Melbourne writer, performer, comedian, producer and broadcaster Brian Nankervis. Among his many credits, Nankervis was a regular on Hey Hey It's Saturday, he was the co-creator of the beloved SBS music trivia show, RocKwiz, and he can be heard on ABC Radio’s weekly program The Friday Revue. As previously announced, Kate Miller-Heidke will be this year's musical director.


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Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Title: I Said Hi Artist: Amy Shark Writer: Amy Shark Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: Native Tongue Artist: Mojo Juju Writers: Mojo Juju / Joel Ma* / Rita Seumanutafa Publisher: Mushroom Music*

Title: Slow Mover Artist: Angie McMahon Writer: Angie McMahon Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

Title: With The One I Love Artist: Paul Kelly Writer: Paul Kelly Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Writer: Danzal Baker pka Baker Boy

Writer: Dean Lewis Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music

Writer: Georgia Flipo pka G Flip Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic

Writer: Holly Rankin pka Jack River Publisher: Mushroom Music

Writer: Tash Sultana Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana  


Most Played Australian Work  

Title: Coming Home Artist: Sheppard Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard / Matthew Radosevich* / Christopher Wallace* Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Empire of Song / Native Tongue Music Publishing* 

Title: Go Bang                           Artist: PNAU              Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes / Luke Steele^        Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^ 

Title: I Said Hi                            Artist: Amy Shark                                  Writer: Amy Shark           Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing 

Title: The Middle                       Artist: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey           Writers: Sarah Aarons / Jordan Johnson* / Stefan Johnson^ / Marcus Lomax* / Kyle Trewartha+ Michael Trewartha+ / Anton Zaslavski+          Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+

Title: We’re Going Home                                   Artist: Vance Joy                         Writers: James Keogh / Daniel Wilson*      Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / BMG Rights Management* 


Country Work of the Year

Title: Ain’t Seen It Yet Artist: The Wolfe Brothers               Writers: Brodie Rainbird / Nicholas Wolfe / Thomas Wolfe / Erik Anderson*            Publishers: Perfect Pitch Publishing / Peermusic* 

Title: Day Drunk                                    Artist: Morgan Evans              Writers: Morgan Evans / Chris DeStefano* / Lindy Robbins^             Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing^      

Title: I Do                                  Artist: Morgan Evans                    Writers: Morgan Evans+ / Chris DeStefano* / Ashley Gorley^         Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music+^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^

Title: In The Morning                Artist: Tori Forsyth          Writer: Tori Forsyth              Publishers: Universal Music Publishing obo Peppermintblue Publishing

Title: The Campfire Song                                  Artist: Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples feat. Alan Pigram                        Writers: Kasey Chambers* / Bill Chambers^ / Alan Pigram Publishers: Mushroom Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Checked Label Services^


Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Title: Chateau          Artist: Angus & Julia Stone                     Writers: Angus Stone / Julia Stone          Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 

Title: Mystik                 Artist: Tash Sultana                   Writer: Tash Sultana                  Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana

Title: Second Hand Car                        Artist: Kim Churchill                                Writers: Kim Churchill / Nicholas Hodgson*                     Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing*          

Title: Tell It Like It Is                 Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders             Writer: Jack Ladder                                           Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: White Flag                       Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders             Writer: Jack Ladder                   Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Dance Work of the Year

Title: Flames  Artist: David Guetta & Sia              Writers: Sia Furler* / Christopher Braide^ / David Guetta+ / Giorgio Tuinfort ~/ Marcus Van Wattum  Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / BMG Rights Management^ / Origin Music Publishing+ / Kobalt Music Publishing ~

Title: Go Bang                           Artist: PNAU              Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes / Luke Steele^        Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^ 

Title: Let You Down                               Artist: Peking Duk feat. Icona Pop                         Writers: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Styalz (Kaelyn Behr)* / Samuel Manville^ / Robert Taylor+           Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Warner/Chappell Music+     

Title: Tell Me You Love Me                  Artist: Galantis & Throttle            Writers: Sarah Aarons* / Bloodshy^ / Svidden^ / Robert Bergin / Linus Eklow+ / Edward Jenkins / Henrik Jonback~  Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing+ / Warner/Chappell Music~

Title: The Middle                       Artist: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey           Writers: Sarah Aarons / Jordan Johnson* / Stefan Johnson^ / Marcus Lomax* / Kyle Trewartha+ / Michael Trewartha+ / Anton Zaslavski+       Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+


Rock Work of the Year

Title:   Confidence                                             Artist:   Ocean Alley            Writers: Nic Blom / Baden Donegal / Lach Galbraith / Mitch Galbraith / Angus Goodwin / Tom O'Brien

Title: Million Man                                  Artist:  The Rubens          Writers:  Scott Baldwin / Elliott Margin / Sam Margin / Zaac Margin / William Zeglis         Publishers:  Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music

Title: Never Ever                                  Artist:  The Rubens feat. Sarah                 Writers:  Sarah Aarons / Elliott Margin* / Sam Margin*         Publishers:  Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music*    

Title: Slow Mover                       Artist: Angie McMahon Writer: Angie McMahon                                       Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

Title: The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows                                Artist:  Gang of Youths                Writer:  David Le’aupepe         Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


Pop Work of the Year

Title: Be Alright     Artist: Dean Lewis               Writers: Dean Lewis / Jon Hume*  Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* 

Title: Coming Home                              Artist: Sheppard Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard / Matthew Radosevich* / Christopher Wallace*                                Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Empire of Song / Native Tongue Music Publishing*

Title: Healing Hands                              Artist: Conrad Sewell                    Writers: Stuart Crichton / Conrad Sewell* / Stephen Wrabel              Publishers: Native Tongue Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*

Title: I Said Hi               Artist: Amy Shark                       Writer: Amy Shark             Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: We’re Going Home                                   Artist: Vance Joy                         Writers: James Keogh / Daniel Wilson*      Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / BMG Rights Management* 


Urban Work of the Year

Title:  Believe Artist:  Bliss n Eso feat. Mario        Writers: Max MacKinnon* /Jonathan Notley* / PJ Harding^ / Cameron Ludik^ / Damian Smith Publishers:  Mushroom Music* / Universal Music Publishing^

Title: Clark Griswold                            Artist:  Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle             Writers: DJ Debris (Barry Francis)* / MC Pressure (Daniel Smith)* / Suffa (Matthew Lambert)* / John Bartlett / Paul Bartlett      Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*     

Title:  I Miss You                                   Artist: Thundamentals                  Writers: Jeswon (Jesse Ferris)* / Morgs (Morgan Jones)* / Tuka (Brendan Tuckerman)* / Carl Dimataga  Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro* 

Title: Marryuna             Artist: Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal     Writers: Baker Boy / Dion Brownfield / Jerome Farah* / Yirrmal Marika           Publisher: Mushroom Music* 

Title: Mr La Di Da Di                              Artist: Baker Boy                         Writers: Baker Boy / Dion Brownfield / Jerome Farah* / Dallas Woods  Publisher: Mushroom Music*      


International Work of the Year

Title: Havana      Artist: Camila Cabello  Writers: Louis Bell* / Karla Cabello*/ Frank Dukes*^ / Kaan Gunesberk / Brittany Hazzard+ / Brian Lee~ / Ali Tamposi> / Yung Thug~> / Andrew Watt° / Pharrell Williams* Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*/ Native Tongue Music Publishing+ / Warner/Chappell Music~ / Mushroom Music> / Kobalt Music Publishing°

Title: Meant To Be                                 Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line              Writers: David Garcia* / Tyler Hubbard^ / Joshua Miller+ / Bleta Rexha~   Publishers: Shout Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Warner/Chappell Music+ / BMG Rights Management~

Title: Perfect                             Artist: Ed Sheeran                        Writer: Edward Sheeran            Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 

Title: Rockstar             Artist: Post Malone feat. 21 Savage        Writers: 21 Savage*/ Olufunmibi Awoshiley^ / Louis Bell^/ Post Malone~ / Carl Rosen~ / Jo Virginie>              Publishers:  BMG Rights Management* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing~ / Mushroom Music> 

Title: What About Us                             Artist: P!nk                      Writers: P!nk* / John McDaid^ / Mac Steve+   Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*/ Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal Music Publishing+ 


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