Snap Scene: APRA Awards 2022, Melbourne Town Hall, 3rd May 2022

A mix of Australian songwriters and industry gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the APRA Music Awards, the event recognising the talented songwriters and music publishers that have achieved outstanding success across 15 categories in the past year. 
APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston said“It was an absolute joy to celebrate the success and artistry of the Australian songwriters who have persevered and kept us entertained and connected over the last couple of challenging years. Congratulations to the winners, nominees and performers, who helped to create such a memorable night in honouring 40 years of the APRA Music Awards.”

The Kid LAROI has scored an APRA Music Awards trifecta. The 18-year-old has taken out the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year for STAY, the global sensation co-written with Justin Bieber. He has also won Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work for Without YouAnd to cap off an incredible year, the 2021 Breakthrough Songwriter has now been named Songwriter of the Year.

The Kid LAROI said, “Thank you for awarding me with Songwriter of the Year. I really appreciate the support and I want to give a quick shout out to fans back home. I’m stoked to be on my way back and I can’t wait to perform the END OF THE WORLD TOUR with you guys. I miss you all and I’ll see you soon.”

Also having a spectacular rise is the unstoppable Genesis Owusu who is the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. With his songwriting and debut album Smiling with No Teeth receiving a lot of high praise, Genesis most recently took out first-place in the 2021 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

Tones And I is a dual winner for the second year in a rowscoring two gongs for two different songs. Fly Away is the Most Performed Pop Work and her worldwide hit Dance Monkey is the Most Performed Australian Work Overseas.

Making his APRA Music Awards debut is John Courtidis, who is also a two-time winner. He has landed the Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Dance / Electronic Work for Head & Heart, the anthemic dancefloor smash hit performed by Joel Corry feat. MNEK.

The magical music collaboration between Vance Joy and Joel Little has earned them the Most Performed Alternative Work for Missing Piece, a song inspired by the separation of loved ones due to the pandemic.

The strong songwriting partnership between Matt Corby and Budjerah has led to the award for Most Performed R&B / Soul Work for Higher.  Budjerah told Cool Accidents, “Higher is an ode to fun, it’s a celebration of happiness when life is stress and worry-free.” This is the first APRA Music Award for both Budjerah and Matt.

Another first time APRA Music Awards winner is Ziggy Alberts, whose song Letting Go is the Most Performed Blues & Roots Work. Ziggy has described the song as being about “letting go of fear and the notion of having to heal everything alone”.

Proving that she’s a little bit country is Amy Shark, whose song Love Songs Ain’t for Us(co-written with Ed Sheeran) is the Most Performed Country Work. Performed with Keith Urban, Amy described the writing of the song to Rolling Stone Magazine, “Ed asked me if I wrote songs about my man, I told him I do, but love songs aren’t really for us. “He then smiled and said, ‘OK that’s what we’ll do then’.” 

Still proving they’re a dominant songwriting force are Angus Young and the late Malcolm Young who have won Most Performed Rock Work for Shot in the Dark from their seventeenth studio album Power Up. Fun fact:  Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott (RIP) won a Gold Award at the very first APRA Awards in 1982 for Highway to Hell.

Legendary children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, accepted the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, an honour that the APRA Board of Directors confers to acknowledge a group or individual who has contributed immensely to Australian music. The Ted Albert Award was presented to The Wiggles by Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock’s Ross Wilson

As previously announced, the Licensee of the Year award was awarded to Great Big Events and TAFE Queensland for their excellent music citizenship, while Lasting Lover, written by James Arthur, Bruce Fielder, Lewis Capaldi, Luke Fitton, Benjamin Goldwasser, Jarl Hasselquist, Corey Sanders and Andrew Vanwyngarden is the Most Performed International Work. 

Musical Director François Tétaz curated the live performances for the night which included the five tributes for the Peer-Voted Song of the Year nominees. Chris Cheney, MC Dallas Woods and Melbourne R&B newcomer Kye opened proceedings by taking on a mashup of AC / DC’s Back in Black and Hoodlum by Woods and Jerome Farah.  Telenova with Mindy Meng Wang performed Hiatus Kaiyotes Red Room. Singer, songwriter and producer grentperez performed The Kid LAROI’s STAY, the Peer-Voted Song of the Year, while hard-hitting Hammond organ trio Cookin’ On 3 Burners along with Kylie AuldistDidirri, Jungaji Brady, Dean Brady and Tasman Keith put their spin on First Nation, the track Keith composed with Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders took on The Other Black Dog, written by Genesis Owusu, Michael Di Francesco, Andrew Klippel and Julian Sudek and double 2022 APRA Music Awards winner Tones And I and ensemble delivered an unforgettable rendition of Guided By Angels by Amyl & The Sniffers.  And finally, the mighty Hard-Ons with singer Tim Rogers delivered a blistering tribute to the late, great Chris Bailey with their version of the Bailey and Ed Kuepper masterpiece Know Your Product.

The 2022 APRA Music Awards were hosted by Julia Zemiro, Eddie Perfect and Jerome Farah.

APRA AMCOS would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for the 2022 event.

Please see below for complete list of winners.

Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Title:                STAY
Artist:               The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
Writers:            The Kid LAROI / Justin Bieber* / Isaac De Boni# / Omer Fedi* /
                         Magnus Hoiberg^ / Michael Mule# / Charlie Puth+ / Subhaan Rahman /
                         Blake Slatkin*
Publishers:       Sony Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing* /
                         Warner Chappell Music^ / Kobalt Music Publishing+ /
                         Native Tongue Music Publishing#

Songwriter of the Year

Publisher: Sony Music Publishing

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Writer:             Genesis Owusu
Publishers:       Kobalt Music Publishing obo Ourness Songs

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music

The Wiggles

Most Performed Australian Work 

Title:                  Head & Heart
Artist:                 Joel Corry feat. MNEK
Writers:              Jonathan Courtidis# / Joel Corry / Uzoechi Emenike*
                          Neve Applebaum# / Daniel Dare# / Robert Harvey^ / Kashif Siddiqui# / 
                          Lewis Thompson+
Publishers:        Universal Music Publishing / Warner Chappell Music* / Mushroom Music^ /                           Kobalt Music Publishing+ / Sony Music Publishing# 

Most Performed Alternative Work

Title:                 Missing Piece
Artist:                Vance Joy
Writers:             Vance Joy / Joel Little* 
Publishers:        Mushroom Music obo WAU Publishing / Sony Music Publishing*

Most Performed Blues & Roots Work 

Title:                 Letting Go
Artist:                Ziggy Alberts
Writer:               Ziggy Alberts
Publisher:          Kobalt Music Publishing

Most Performed Country Work 

Title:                 Love Songs Ain’t For Us
Artist:                Amy Shark feat. Keith Urban
Writers:             Amy Shark / Ed Sheeran*
Publishers:        Mushroom Music / Sony Music Publishing*

Most Performed Dance / Electronic Work 

Title:                  Head & Heart
Artist:                 Joel Corry feat. MNEK
Writers:              Jonathan Courtidis# / Joel Corry / Uzoechi Emenike*
                          Neve Applebaum# / Daniel Dare# / Robert Harvey^ / Kashif Siddiqui# / 
                          Lewis Thompson+
Publishers:        Universal Music Publishing / Warner Chappell Music* / Mushroom Music^ /                           Kobalt Music Publishing+ / Sony Music Publishing# 

Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work 

Title:                Without You
Artist:               The Kid LAROI
Writers:            The Kid LAROI / Omer Fedi* / Blake Slatkin* / Billy Walsh* 
Publishers:       Sony Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing*

Most Performed Pop Work 

Title:                Fly Away
Artist:               Tones And I
Writer:              Toni Watson
Publisher:         Kobalt Music Publishing

Most Performed R&B / Soul Work 

Title:                 Higher
Artist:                Budjerah
Writers:             Matt Corby / Budjerah*
Publishers:        Sony Music Publishing / Mushroom Music*

Most Performed Rock Work 

Title:                 Shot in the Dark
Artist:                AC/DC
Writers:             Angus Young / Malcolm Young
Publishers:        Sony Music Publishing obo Australian Music Corporation 

Most Performed Australian Work Overseas

Title:                  Dance Monkey
Artist:                Tones And I
Writer:               Toni Watson
Publishers:        Kobalt Music Publishing / Warner Chappell Music 

Most Performed International Work 

Title:                 Lasting Lover
Artist:                Sigala & James Arthur
Writers:             James Arthur^ / Bruce Fielder* / Lewis Capaldi+ / Luke Fitton^ /
                          Benjamin Goldwasser* / Jarl Hasselquist / Corey Sanders# /
                          Andrew Vanwyngarden*
Publishers:        Universal Music Publishing* / Sony Music Publishing^ / BMG+ /
                          Kobalt Music Publishing#

Licensee of the Year
TAFE Queensland
Great Big Events

The nominee playlists can be streamed on SpotifyApple Music and YouTube Music

For further information regarding the APRA Music Awards visit the APRA AMCOS website

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