Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year Shortlist revealed

Tuesday, 05 Feb 2019

2019 APRA Music Awards return to Melbourne with new Musical Director Kate Miller-Heidke at the helm

One of the most exciting and diverse list of songs in recent history, the shortlisted challengers for the title of Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year have today been announced.

Dean Lewis, Courtney Barnett, A.B. Original’s Adam Briggs and Daniel Rankine, Amy Shark, Sarah Aarons - who is also nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year for her shortlisted work The Middle - and Young Australian of the Year Danzal Baker (Baker Boy) are among the songwriters shortlisted for the coveted APRA Song of the Year.  This award is 100% determined by APRA songwriter and publisher members, and is the biggest peer-voted music award in Australia.

The list of contenders features songs by fresh faces including Mojo Juju, Kaiit, The Teskey Brothers and Ziggy Alberts, who appear on the list alongside experimental jazz legends The Necks plus Suze DeMarchi and Dave Leslie of Baby Animals, The Living End, John Butler and 2018 APRA Song of the Year co-winner Paul Kelly.

The final five nominees will be revealed in March and the winner announced at the 2019 APRA Music Awards when they return to Melbourne on Tuesday 30 April. The 2019 awards will be the first to be staged under new APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston.

“The APRA Music Awards have evolved a great deal since we last held the event in Melbourne in 2013, so I’m thrilled that this year we’ll be presenting our very special night in such a fantastic music city and at the venerable Melbourne Town Hall. It will be a true celebration of our songwriter and publisher members, and of course, the songs,” says Ormston.

The 2019 event also sees newly appointed Musical Director Kate Miller-Heidke curating the evening’s live performances. The multi-talented, award-winning composer, songwriter and singer’s work covers the musical spectrum – from opera to chart-topping pop, and co-writing the music and lyrics for musical blockbuster Muriel’s Wedding, to vying to be Australia’s Eurovision representative – and she will undoubtedly create a special slate of soon-to-be-announced performances for the proceedings.

All APRA songwriter and publisher members who voted for the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year were automatically placed into the draw to win a $5,000 suite of prizes including a Levi’s® voucher, Jands microphone package compliments of Shure, studio session time at Sing Sing East Studio, a Showgroup Travel voucher, Chugg Entertainment concert tickets, accommodation in Ovolo Hotels and two tickets to the 2019 APRA Music Awards. 

What will be the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year? Stay tuned.

Song & Performer Songwriter(s)
BE ALRIGHT (DEAN LEWIS)  Dean Lewis / Jon Hume
BLACCOUT (A.B. ORIGINAL)  Adam Briggs / Daniel Rankine 
BODY (THE NECKS) 
Chris Abrahams / Tony Buck / Lloyd Swanton
DON'T LOSE IT (THE LIVING END)

Chris Cheney / Scott Owen / Andy Strachan / Tobias Kuhn
EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE (BALL PARK MUSIC) Sam Cromack
FOREVER YOU AND ME (THE TESKEY BROTHERS)

 Joshua Teskey / Samuel Teskey / Liam Gough / Brendon Love
GREENHOUSE HEAT DEATH (KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD)
Stuart Mackenzie
HIGH WATER (8 BALL AITKEN) 8 Ball Aitken / Guthrie Kennard
HOME (JOHN BUTLER TRIO)  John Butler / Martin Brown / Thomas Crawford / Katy Steele    #SONGHUBS
I SAID HI (AMY SHARK)  Amy Shark
LOVE ME NOW (ZIGGY ALBERTS) Ziggy Alberts
MARRYUNA (BAKER BOY FEATURING YIRRMAL)

Danzal Baker / Dion Brownfield / Jerome Farah / Yirrmal Marika
NAMELESS, FACELESS (COURTNEY BARNETT)
Courtney Barnett
NATIVE TONGUE (MOJO JUJU) Mojo Juju / Joel Ma / Rita Seumanuta           
OG LUV KUSH PT.2 (KAIIT)


Kaiit Waup / Michael Chan / Anthony Douglas / Mohamed Komba / Jaydean Miranda / Damian Smith
SLOW MOVER (ANGIE MCMAHON) Angie McMahon
SOCIETY (AINSLIE WILLS)

Ainslie Wills / Bram Inscore / Maureen McDonald    #SONGHUBS
THE MIDDLE (ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY)

Sarah Aarons / Jordan Johnson / Stefan Johnson/ Marcus Lomax / Kyle Trewartha / Michael Trewartha / Anton Zaslavski
TONIGHT (BABY ANIMALS)  Suze DeMarchi / Dave Leslie
WALK AWAY (XAVIER RUDD)  Xavier Rudd
WITH THE ONE I LOVE (PAUL KELLY) Paul Kelly

The shortlisted playlists can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music


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