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:: Spotlight :: 2005 APRA Awards - winners announced

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 2005 Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Music Awards were held in Sydney at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 30. The prestigious awards recognise the efforts by Australian/New Zealand songwriters over the past twelve months.

The evening featured performances by KASEY CHAMBERS, ESKIMO JOE, EVERMORE, MELINDA SCHNEIDER, DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, DALLAS CRANE, TIM FREEDMAN and SARAH BLASKO.

Presenters included HARRY VANDA, BILLY THORPE, KRAM, BECCY COLE, CHIT CHAT, YUMI STYNES, TIM FREEDMAN and PETER GARRETT.

Here is the list of winners.

Song of the Year
Title - Scar
Artist - Missy Higgins
Writer - Missy Higgins/Kevin Griffin (BMI)
Publisher - Warner Chappell Music Aust Pty Ltd

Songwriter of The Year
Jet - Nicholas Cester, Cameron Muncey and Chris Cester

Breakthrough Award
Missy Higgins

Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Michael Chugg

Most Performed Australian Work
Title - So Beautiful
Artist - Pete Murray
Writer - Peter Murray
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Most Performed Foreign Work
Title - Here Without You
Artist - 3 Doors Down
Writer - Robert Harrell (BMI)/Christopher Henderson (BMI)/Matthew Roberts (BMI)/Bradley Arnold (BMI)
Publisher - Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Most Performed Country Work
Title - Like A River
Artist - Kasey Chambers
Writer - Kasey Chambers
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Most Performed Dance Work
Title - City Rules
Artist - Daniel Merriweather
Writer - Daniel Merriweather
Publisher - Marlin Publishing Pty Ltd

Most Performed Australian Work Overseas
Title - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artist - Jet
Writer - Nicholas Cester/Cameron Muncey
Publisher - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Most Performed Jazz Work
Title - Drive By
Artist - The Necks
Writer - Lloyd Swanton/Christopher Abrahams/Anthony Buck

Melbourne singer-songwriter MISSY HIGGINS took out the prestigious APRA Song of the Year with the infectious hit Scar - a song she admits she had a love/hate relationship with before accepting it as a catchy song. “It's basically a song about people's need to pigeonhole things in order to process them. It's also about realising you've trusted the wrong people and finding a way to benefit from the scars they've left behind.”

Voted by in excess of 15,000 Australian songwriters, at 21 years of age, Missy Higgins is the youngest ever songwriter to take out this major, peer voted award.

Missy also won the Breakthrough Award and it signifies the wonderful last twelve months of her career.

JET received two APRA Awards. The Melbourne band won the category of MOST PERFORMED WORK OVERSEAS with the hugely popular anthem Are You Gonna Be My Girl - a song that has resonated right around the world. The group also took out the prestigious SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR, which is determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors.

Other highlights included:

PETE MURRAY won the APRA Award for MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK with his popular ballad So Beautiful.

DANIEL MERRIWEATHER won the category of MOST PERFORMED DANCE WORK with City Rules - a song that was enthusiastically embraced by urban music aficionados and the media.

Promoter and charity fundraiser MICHAEL CHUGG was named the recipient of the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC. With over 40 years experience, Michael Chugg is one of the most prominent, respected and colourful promoters within Australian music and around the world. His efforts in fundraising music events such as Waveaid and Universal Appeal show the worth of his standing in the industry.

For more information about the awards and APRA business in general, check their website

For more information, visit

www.apra.com.au