APRA Music Award Winners Announced

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The 2019 APRA Music Awards have been announced, at a ceremony held at Melbourne Town Hall.

Melbourne-born, LA-based songwriting superstar Sarah Aarons (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) is the 2019 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.

It was third time lucky for Amy Shark (Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing), 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

The full list of winners follows. Congratulations to all winning AMPAL members and their songwriter and composer partners!

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 

For more information, see: http://apraamcos.com.au/news/2019/april/sarah-aarons-takes-home-four-apra-music-awards-and-amy-shark-says-hi-to-the-peer-voted-apra-song-of-the-year/