Sarah Aarons takes home four APRA Music Awards and Amy Shark says Hi to the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

 

Two of Australia’s highest-profile female songwriters have dominated the 2019 APRA Music Awards, held tonight at Melbourne Town Hall.

Melbourne-born, LA-based songwriting superstar Sarah Aarons is the 2019 APRA Songwriter of the Year, a strong follow-up to her Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year honour in 2018. This award recognises a songwriter that has achieved the most impressive body of work in the previous 12 months. Sarah’s past 12 months have been nothing short of exceptional, with her writing songs for or with Camila Cabello, Galantis, Khalid, Dua Lipa, Lykke Li, Demi Lovato, Mabel, Peking Duk and Jessie Ware among others.

Sarah has won Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year with the smash hit, Grammy-nominated song The Middle performed by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey (and co-written with Jordan Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski). Bumping her tally to four awards, Sarah also takes out honours for Rock Work of the Year with alt-rock quintet The Rubens, sharing the award with co-writers and band members Elliott Margin and Sam Margin for their collaboration on Never Ever.

It’s third time lucky for songwriter Amy Shark, whose song I Said Hi has been named by APRA members as the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year. Including this year, Amy has been nominated in that category for the last three consecutive APRA Music Awards and has now achieved the top honour with her song that reflects the ups and downs of the music industry. I Said Hi is also Pop Work of the Year

The Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year is rising sensation Dean Lewis, who has had phenomenal success with his raw, heartfelt songs, including Waves and the global hit Be Alright, both which appear on his debut #1 ARIA album A Place We Knew.

In addition, Dean and Be Alright co-writer Jon Hume are the recipients of one of two Outstanding International Achievement Awards handed out this evening. The Outstanding International Achievement Award is an APRA Board-determined honour which recognises exceptional accomplishments globally. Be Alright, which hit No. 1 in Australia and No.2 in both Sweden and Norwayhas had astronomical worldwide streaming figures. The song is winning over American radio charts — reaching the #1 position last month on the Billboard US Adult Top 40 chart. 

Also proving that music has no borders is 5 Seconds of Summer, whose anthemic song Youngblood is the second to be recognised by APRA in 2019 with an Outstanding International Achievement Award. Writers Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, Ali Tamposi, Louis Bell and Andrew Watt have written a chart-topping hit that became the group’s first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single, and propelled the band to becoming the first Australian act to earn three number one albums on the Billboard chart.

The Urban Work of the Year is Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle) performed and written by DJ Debris (Barry Francis), MC Pressure (Daniel Smith), Suffa (Matthew Lambert) aka Hilltop Hoods and co-written by John Bartlett and Paul Bartlett, while brother and sister songwriting duo Angus and Julia Stone have taken out Blues & Roots Work of the Year with Chateau.  

Nashville-via-Newcastle breakout country pop songwriter Morgan Evans has received the Country Work of the Year for his crossover hit Day Drunk. Also making a name for himself in Nashville and beyond is in-demand songwriter Lindsay Rimes who received the 2019 Overseas Recognition Award.  Since relocating to the US four years ago, Lindsay has built up a reputation as a go-to co-writer and producer, working across pop, rock and country. He’s written for a number of successful country artists, including co-penning Kane Brown’s smash Heaven, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in May 2018. His songs have also been recorded by country acts including Jay Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Bryant, The Cadillac Three, Adam Craig, LoCash, Phillip Phillips, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Rich, Dylan Scott, Canaan Smith and Drake White. His work outside of country music includes contributing to South African-Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan’s 2014 EP TRXYE, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. He additionally co-wrote the title track of fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue’s 2018 album Golden, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and Australia. 

For the second year running, Sia (along with co-writer Greg Kurstin) took out the Most Played Australian Work Overseas for Cheap Thrills

Lee Kernaghan delivered a touching tribute to the late, great country music champion Rob Potts, who was posthumously honoured with the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

The 2019 APRA Music Awards were held in Melbourne for the first time since 2013.

The event was hosted by Melbourne legend Brian Nankervis and featured live performances curated by first-time APRA Music Awards Musical Director Kate Miller-Heidke. The Rubens teamed up with Sarah Aarons for a rare, joint live performance of their Rock Work of the Year winner Never EverDual winner Dean Lewis performed his current single Stay AwakeMiddle Kids and multi-instrumentalist JP Shilo interpreted Paul Kelly’s With the One I LoveJP Shilo also teamed up with Fanny Lumsden and Henry Wagons to perform Angie McMahon’s Slow MoverRadical Son and internationally-acclaimed bassist Samuel Pankhurst interpreted Mojo Juju, Joel Ma and Rita Seumanutafa’s Native Tongue. Electro-pop duo Electric Fields took on APRA Song of the Year I Said Hi and pop music singer Max Sharam reinvented Ainslie Wills’ Society, along with Louise Goh (Keys), Caerwen Martin (Cello) and Maria Moles (Drums).

Special guest presenters were Tina Arena, Briggs, Tania DokoTim Rogers, Dallas Frasca, Louis Schoorl, Megan Washington, François Tétaz, M-Phazes and G Flip.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 APRA Music Awards!

2019 APRA Music Awards Winners

Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year
 
Title: I Said Hi                               
Artist: Amy Shark                
Writer: Amy Shark    
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing         

Songwriter of the Year 
Writer: Sarah Aarons
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Writer: Dean Lewis                       
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music 

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Rob Potts

Overseas Recognition Award
Lindsay Rimes
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Outstanding International Achievement Award
Title: Youngblood 
Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer
Writers: Luke Hemmings / Calum Hood / Ashton Irwin / Ali Tamposi* / Louis Bell / Andrew Watt^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Mushroom Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing^

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

Most Played Australian Work 
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 / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+

Dance Work of the Year
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 / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+

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

Pop Work of the Year
Title: I Said Hi                  
Artist: Amy Shark                
Writer: Amy Shark    
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing 

Urban Work of the Year
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*

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

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Title: Chateau                                                    
Artist: Angus & Julia Stone             
Writers: Angus Stone / Julia Stone 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 

Most Played Australian Work Overseas  
Title: Cheap Thrills 
Artist: Sia
Writers: Sia Furler / Greg Kurstin 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Licensee of the Year
Clancy’s Fish Pub, WA. 

International Work of the Year
Title: Perfect                                 
Artist: Ed Sheeran              
Writer: Edward Sheeran           
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing 

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