Scene News: APRA Awards highlights ~ Sarah Aarons takes home four APRA Music Awards and Amy Shark says Hi to the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year!


2019 APRA Songwriter of the Year Sarah Aarons! Image by Tony Mott.

Two of Australia’s highest-profile female songwriters have dominated the 2019 APRA Music Awards, held last night atMelbourne Town Hall.

Melbourne-born, LA-based songwriting superstarSarah Aaronsis the2019 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 wonMost Played Australian Work andDance Work of the Yearwith 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.

TheBreakthrough Songwriter of the Yearis rising sensationDean Lewis,who has had phenomenal success with his raw, heartfelt songs, includingWavesand the global hitBe 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 last night. 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 Norway,has 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 BellandAndrew Watthave 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.

TheUrban Work of the YearisClark Griswold(feat. Adrian Eagle) performed and written by DJ Debris (Barry Francis), MC Pressure (Daniel Smith), Suffa (Matthew Lambert) akaHilltop Hoodsand co-written by John Bartlett and Paul Bartlett, while brother and sister songwriting duoAngus and Julia Stonehave taken outBlues & Roots Work of the YearwithChateau.

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 song writerLindsay Rimeswho received the 2019Overseas 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 smashHeaven, 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, Lo Cash, 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 EPTRXYE, 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-writerGreg Kurstin) took out theMost Played Australian Work OverseasforCheap Thrills.

Lee Kernaghandelivered a touching tribute to the late, great country music championRob Potts,who was posthumously honoured with theTed 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 legendBrian Nankervisand featured live performances curated by first-time APRA Music AwardsMusical Director Kate Miller-Heidke.

The Rubensteamed up with Sarah Aarons for a rare, joint live performance of theirRock Work of the Year winner Never Ever.

Dual winnerDean Lewisperformed his current single Stay Awake.

Middle Kids and multi-instrumentalist JP Shilo interpreted Paul Kelly’s With the One I Love. JP Shilo also teamed up withFanny Lumsden and Henry Wagons to perform Angie McMahon’s Slow Mover.Radical Son and internationally-acclaimed bassistSamuel Pankhurst interpreted Mojo Juju, Joel Ma and Rita Seumanutafa’sNative Tongue. Electro-pop duo Electric Fields took on APRA Song of the Year I Said Hi and pop music singer Max Sharamreinvented Ainslie Wills’Society,along with Louise Goh (Keys), Caerwen Martin (Cello) and Maria Moles (Drums).

Special guest presenters were Tina Arena, Briggs, Tania Doko,Tim Rogers, Dallas Frasca, Louis Schoorl, Megan Washington, François Tétaz, M-PhazesandG Flip.

APRA AMCOSwould like to congratulate all the winners of the 2019 APRA Music Awards!

FULL LIST OF 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

The official2019 APRA Music Awardsplaylist can be streamed and shared Apple Music

APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. We have 100,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform, copy or record our members’ music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.

As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. We achieve this through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through our high-profile awards and events program.

APRA AMCOS thanks its event sponsors JLT Entertainment, Songtradr, Chugg Entertainment, Box Hill Institute and Sing Sing East, Levi’s®,Ovolo Hotels,Reload Agency, Shure & Show Group Enterprises.

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