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Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark, Paul Kelly & More Fight For APRA Song Of The Year

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Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark, Paul Kelly & More Fight For APRA Song Of The YearGang Of Youths, Paul Kelly, Amy Shark (Pic by Kane Hibbard)

Mar 15th 2018 | 12:04am | Staff Writer

The 2018 APRA Awards nominees have been revealed, with the best of Australia’s musical crop fighting it out to take home a statue.

Kicking it off the hotly contested member-voted Song Of The Year category will be Jessica Mauboy’s Fallin’, Paul Kelly’s Firewood And Candles, Ainslie WillsRunning Second, Amy Shark’s Weekends and Gang Of YouthsWhat Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?.

Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year is shaping up to be a tough choice too, with Alex Lahey, Ben Abraham, Vera Blue, Gretta Ray and Sarah Aarons all up for the award.


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Both M-Phazes and Thief picked up four nominations, while songwriters Ivy Adara and Louis Schoorl, the Peking Duk boys, Amy Shark, Styalz and Sam Littlemore are not far behind with three each.

“Being nominated for an award at the APRA’s is always a huge deal, a lot of the time the people behind the music don’t get the recognition they deserve,” M-Phazes said.

“APRA have always strived to recognise, nurture and help songwriters and producers in Australia and it’s an honour to be nominated this year.”

The awards are set to take place on Tuesday 10 April in Sydney hosted by Julia Zemiro.

See below for a full list of nominees.

Song of the Year

Jessica Mauboy — Fallin’

Paul Kelly — Firewood And Candles

Ainslie Wills — Running Second

Amy Shark — Weekends

Gang of Youths — What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Alex Lahey

Ben Abraham

Vera Blue

Gretta Ray

Sarah Aarons

Most Played Australian Work

Amy Shark — Adore

Starley — Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)  

PNAU — Chameleon

Jessica Mauboy — Fallin’

Peking Duk feat. Elliphant — Stranger

Dean Lewis — Waves

Country work of the year

Kasey Chambers — Ain’t No Little Girl

The McClymonts — Don’t Wish It All Away

The McClymonts — House

Morgan Evans — Kiss Somebody

Caitlyn Shabolt — My Breakup Anthem

blues & roots work of the year

Busby Marou — Part Of Me

Busby Marou — Getaway Car

Bernard Fanning — Isn’t It A Pity

Tash Sultana — Jungle

Bernard Fanning — Reckless

Dance work of the year

Starley — Call On Me

PNAU — Charmeleon

Peking Duk feat. AlunaGeorge — Fake Magic

Cookin’ On 3 Burners [Lenno vs. CO3B] feat. Kylie Auldist — Mind Made Up

Peking Duk feat. Elliphant — Stranger 

rock work of the year

Birds of Tokyo — Brace

Kingswood — Creepin

Birds of Tokyo — Empire

Dune Rats — Scott Green

The Producer — Cable Ties

pop work of the year

Amy SharkAdore

Jessica MauboyFallin’

Vance JoyLay It On Me

Guy SebastianSet In Stone

Dean LewisWaves

Urban work of the year

Illy feat. Anne-Marie  Catch 22

Bliss n Eso feat. Gavin James — Moments

Illy feat. Jenna McDougall  Oh My

Tkay Maidza — Simulation

Thundamentals feat. Peta & The Wolves — Think About It

International work of the year

Bruno Mars24K Magic

Ed SheeranCastle On The Hill

Ed SheeranShape Of You 

The Chainsmokers & ColdplaySomething Just Like This

Shawn MendesThere’s Nothing Holding Me Back


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