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:: Spotlight :: 2006 APRA Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) is about to turn 80.

And what better way to celebrate than in a room full of songwriters and their publishers who have achieved the highest performances of their work and excellence in their craft over the previous year. With the prestigious, peer voted Song of the Year award at the heart of the event, APRA is proud to announce details of the 2006 APRA Music Awards ceremony which will be held on Monday June 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. The nominees in all categories will be announced on Thursday May 11.

APRA Music Award recipients over the years have been as rich and varied as the songs they represent but one thing is clear - Australian composed songs are stronger than ever across a diversity of music repertoire. The APRA Music Awards gives songwriters and publishers that have achieved outstanding success in their fields across 12 categories, the chance to be honoured before their peers.

Nominations and winners in each category are chosen either by the voting members of APRA (in excess of 30,000 eligible voters), members of the APRA Board or APRA based statistical analysis.

The 2006 APRA Music Awards will feature two brand new categories based on statistical analysis, which are MOST PERFORMED BLUES & ROOTS WORK and MOST PERFORMED URBAN WORK. The addition of these new award categories offers a more comprehensive view of the Australian music landscape.

The other APRA awards based on statistical analysis are: MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK, MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS, MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN WORK, MOST PERFORMED JAZZ WORK, MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY WORK and MOST PERFORMED DANCE WORK.

APRA members vote for the winner of the prestigious SONG OF THE YEAR award - the largest peer voted music award in Australia. All songs written by an APRA member and released in the preceding calendar year are eligible for consideration. The roll-call of previous winners includes songs by some of the most defining songwriters of our time such as Powderfinger, Neil Finn, Tina Arena, Alex Lloyd, Kasey Chambers, John Butler and last year’s recipient Missy Higgins.

The celebrated SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (last year’s winners were Jet) and the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC (previous recipients include Slim Dusty, Ian Meldrum, Harry Vanda & George Young, national youth radio network Triple J, AC/DC’s Malcolm & Angus Young and Michael Chugg) are decided by APRA’s Board of Writer and Publisher Directors.

The BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER AWARD, which recognises emerging songwriter talent, is also decided by APRA’s Board of Writer and Publisher Directors.

Now in its 15th year in its current format, the APRA Music Awards, will be hosted by the irrepressible Jonathan Biggins and will feature live performances and special guest presenters.

The nominees for the 2006 APRA Music Awards will be officially announced in Sydney on Thursday May 11. We will have the full list of nominations as soon as they are announced.

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**Update as at May 17, 2006**

Here are the nominations.

SONG OF THE YEAR

Title:Better Days
Artist:Pete Murray
Writer:Pete Murray
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:Catch My Disease
Artist:Ben Lee
Writers:Ben Lee/McGowan Southworth (BMI)
Publisher:BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title:Mind's Eye
Artist:Wolfmother
Writers:Myles Heskett/Christopher Ross/Andrew Stockdale
Publisher:Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title:O Yeah
Artist:End of Fashion
Writer:Justin Burford
Publisher:EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title:Special Two
Artist:Missy Higgins
Writer:Missy Higgins

MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK

Title:Better Days
Artist:Pete Murray
Writer:Pete Murray
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:Catch My Disease
Artist:Ben Lee
Writers:Ben Lee/McGowan Southworth (BMI)
Publisher:BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title:Someday Someday
Artist:Thirsty Merc
Writer:Rai Thistlethwayte

Title:Special Two
Artist:Missy Higgins
Writer:Missy Higgins

Title:Ten Days
Artist:Missy Higgins
Writers:Missy Higgins/Jay Clifford (BMI)*
Publisher:EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN WORK

Title:Bad Day
Artist:Daniel Powter
Writer:Daniel Powter (BMI)
Publisher:Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title:Beautiful Soul
Artist:Jesse McCartney
Writers:Andrew Dodd (ASCAP)/Adam Watts (ASCAP)
Publisher:EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title:Lonely No More
Artist:Rob Thomas
Writer:Rob Thomas (ASCAP)
Publisher:EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title:Shiver
Artist:Natalie Imbruglia
Writers:Francis White(PRS)*/Sheppard Solomon(BMI)**/Natalie Imbruglia(PRS)**
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*/BMG Music Publishing
Australia Pty Ltd **

Title:Since U Been Gone
Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Writers:Martin Sandberg (STIM)*/Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP)**
Publishers:BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*/Mushroom Music Pty Ltd**

MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS

Title:Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artist:Jet
Writers:Nic Cester/Cameron Muncey
Publisher:BMG Music International / Famous Music OBO Get Jet Music, Inc

Title:Cold Hard Bitch
Artist:Jet
Writers:Nic Cester/Chris Cester/Cameron Muncey
Publisher:BMG Music International / Famous Music OBO Get Jet Music, Inc

Title:Highway To Hell
Artist:ACDC
Writer:Bon Scott/Angus Young/Malcolm Young
Publisher:J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd

Title:Look What You’ve Done
Artist:Jet
Writer:Nic Cester
Publisher:BMG Music International / Famous Music OBO Get Jet Music, Inc

Title:Love Is In The Air
Artist:John Paul Young
Writers:Harry Vanda/George Young
Publisher:J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd

MOST PERFORMED DANCE WORK

Title:I Am Tha 1
Artist:Mr Timothy featuring Inaya Day
Writers:Tim Dudfield/Inaya Day (BMI)/Bradford Pinto/Gary Pinto
Publisher:Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title:Natural
Artist:Infusion
Writers:Francis Xavier/Manuel Sharrad/Jamie Stevens
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:Sunshine Eyes
Artist:Paulmac
Writer:Paul F. McDermott
Publisher:Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title:Tilt My Hat
Artist:Andy J
Writers:Andrew Farriss/Michael Hutchence
Publisher:Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title:Way To Go
Artist:Rogue Traders
Writers:Jamie Appleby/Isaac Moran
Publisher:ORiGiN Music Group*

MOST PERFORMED URBAN WORK

Title:Funk U Up
Artist:Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets
Writers:Joel Turner/Tim Turner/Chris Heiner
Publisher:Dream Dealers Pty Ltd

Title:Kryptonite
Artist:Guy Sebastian
Writers:Guy Sebastian/Beau Dozier (BMI)*
Publisher:BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Title:Oh Oh
Artist:Guy Sebastian
Writers:Guy Sebastian/Jarrad Rogers*
Publisher:Marlin Publishing Pty Ltd*

Title:These Kids
Artist:Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets
Writers:Joel Turner/Tim Turner
Publisher:Dream Dealers Pty Ltd

Title:You Make Me Weak
Artist:Jade MacRae
Writers:Jade MacRae/Israel Cruz*
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd*

MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY WORK

Title:Hollywood
Artist:Kasey Chambers
Writer:Kasey Chambers
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:Pony
Artist:Kasey Chambers
Writer:Kasey Chambers
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:Rainbows Dreams and Butterflies
Artist:Beccy Cole
Writer:Beccy Cole*/Rod McCormack**
Publisher:ABC Music Publishing Pty Ltd*/BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd**

Title:Saturated
Artist:Kasey Chambers
Writer:Kasey Chambers
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Title:She Still Believes
Artist:Bella
Writers:Lyn Bowtell*/Jerry Salley (SESAC)**
Publishers:BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*/ORIGIN Music Group**

MOST PERFORMED BLUES AND ROOTS WORK

Title:Ashes
Artist:The Beautiful Girls
Writer:Matthew McHugh

Title:Daniel
Artist:Lior
Writer:Lior Attar
Publisher:Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title:Lets Take The Long Way Home
Artist:The Beautiful Girls
Writer:Matthew McHugh

Title:Somethings Gotta Give
Artist:The John Butler Trio
Writer:John Butler
Publisher:Family Music Pty Ltd

Title:What You Want
Artist:The John Butler Trio
Writer:John Butler
Publisher:Family Music Pty Ltd


MOST PERFORMED JAZZ WORK

Title:Goodbye Greg
Artist:Sidecar
Writer:John Hibbard

Title:Grace
Artist:Sam Keevers and Jamie Oehlers
Writer:Samuel Keevers

Title:Mosquito
Artist:The Necks
Writer:Lloyd Swanton/Chris Abrahams/Anthony Buck

Title:Shoalhaven Sunrise
Artist:SydneyAllstar Big Band
Writer:Graham Jesse

Title:Silverland
Artist:Paul Grabowsky
Writer:Paul Grabowsky
Publisher:ORIGIN Music Group

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**WINNERS ANNOUNCED**

A quirky pop song that has captured Australia’s imagination has been named the coveted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR. In his first ever APRA outing BEN LEE, Australia’s reigning king of pop, has taken out the peer voted SONG OF THE YEAR with his impossibly infectious song Catch My Disease.

The song also won the award for MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK.

Here are all the winners.

Songwriter of the Year – Bernard Fanning
Breakthrough Songwriter – Wolfmother
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music – Bill Armstrong

Song of The Year
Title - Catch My Disease
Artist - Ben Lee
Writers - Ben Lee/McGowan Southworth (BMI)
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Most Performed Australian Work
Title - Catch My Disease
Artist - Ben Lee
Writers - Ben Lee/McGowan Southworth (BMI)
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Most Performed Australian Work Overseas
Title - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artist - Jet
Writers - Nicholas Cester/Cameron Muncey
Publisher - BMG Music International / Famous Music OBO Get Jet Music, Inc

Most Performed Dance Work
Title - Way To Go
Artist - Rogue Traders
Writers - Jamie Appleby*/Isaac Moran
Publisher - ORiGiN Music Group*

Most Performed Urban Work
Title - Oh Oh
Artist - Guy Sebastian
Writers - Guy Sebastian/Jarrad Rogers*
Publisher - Marlin Publishing Pty Ltd*

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

Most Performed Blues and Roots Work
Title - Somethings Gotta Give
Artist - The John Butler Trio
Writer - John Butler
Publisher - Family Music Pty Ltd

Most Performed Jazz Work
Title - Mosquito
Artist - The Necks
Writers - Christopher Abrahams/Anthony Buck/ Lloyd Swanton

Most Performed Foreign Work
Title - Lonely No More
Artist - Rob Thomas
Writer - Rob Thomas (ASCAP)
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

For more information, visit

www.apra.com.au