2019 APRA Music Awards nominations announced

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The nominations have been announced 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) (Mushroom Music) 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 (Kobalt Music Publishing), 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 (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), who with co-writers Bram Inscore (Kobalt Music Publishing) and MoZella (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), 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 (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) 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 (Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing), 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 (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro), 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 (Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music), multi-talented drummer-singer-songwriter Georgia Flipo (G Flip) (Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic), Holly Rankin (Mushroom Music), who writes and performs as the psych-pop solo artist Jack River, and Tash Sultana (Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash 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.

The 2019 APRA Music Awards will be presented on Tuesday 30 April at Melbourne Town Hall.

For the full list of nominations, see: http://apraamcos.com.au/news/2019/march/sarah-aarons-leads-an-all-star-line-up-of-songwriters-in-2019-apra-music-awards-noms/.

Congratulations to all nominees!