Sarah Aarons leads an all-star line-up of songwriters in 2019 APRA Music Awards noms

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

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 Year can 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 Taj 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, Taj 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 the 2019 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.

Congratulations all the nominees of the 2019 APRA Music Awards. We’ll see you in Melbourne!

2019 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES 
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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: Society
Artist: Ainslie Wills
Writers: Ainslie Wills / Bram Inscore* / MoZella                                              
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing*

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: Taj Sultana
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Taj 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: Taj Sultana                  
Writer: Taj Sultana                 
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Taj 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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