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:: Spotlight :: 2012 APRA Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The countdown to Australia’s biggest celebration of songwriting has begun. APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is proud to announce this year’s bevy of brilliant nominees for the APRA MUSIC AWARDS, to be held on Monday May 28 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Celebrating its 30th year in 2012, the annual night of nights for Australian songwriters will honour the rich talent of music composers, lyricists and songwriters who have achieved the highest performances of their work over the previous year.

APRA is also excited to announce that in honour of the APRA MUSIC AWARD’S 30th year, the evening’s hosting duties will be overtaken by the duo of Higgins and Biggins – Missy Higgins and Jonathan Biggins! Entertainer extraordinaire Jonathan Biggins returns with his cutting satirical stylings and will be held to account by multi-award-winning Australian songstress, Missy Higgins. Higgins has recently released her new single Unashamed Desire from forthcoming album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, and will take to the APRA stage ahead of her tour that kicks off on June 1.

And finally, the 2012 APRA MUSIC AWARDS will be filmed by subscription television partner MAX for a special that will be broadcast exclusively on MAX on Tuesday, June 12 at 8.00pm along with an encore presentation at 10.30am on June 14. Featuring exclusive interviews from the red carpet and backstage, as well as a wrap up of all the award winners, this is a special broadcast not to be missed! MAX is available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.

NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 APRA MUSIC AWARDS
Song of the Year

Title: Brother
Artist: Matt Corby
Writer: Matt Corby
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Rocky Lane Music LLP

Title: Cameo Lover
Artist: Kimbra
Writer: Kimbra Johnson
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd obo WB Music Corp

Title: (Oh Well) That's What You Get (Falling In Love With A Cowboy)
Artist: Lanie Lane
Writer: Lanie Lane
Publisher: Ivy League Music administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Somebody That I Used To Know
Artist: Gotye feat Kimbra
Writers: Wally de Backer* / Luiz Bonfa (ASCAP)^
Publishers: J Albert and Son Pty Ltd* / Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man
Artist: The Beards
Writer: Joel McMillan

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Writers: Daniel Rankine* / Paul Ridge^ (Drapht)
Publishers: Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd obo Blue Max Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Writers: Killian Gavin / Jonathon Hart / Timothy Hart / David Hosking / Jacob Tarasenko (Boy and Bear)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Writer: Kimbra
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd obo WB Music Corp

Writer: Lanie Lane
Publisher: Ivy League Music administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Writer: Matt Corby
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Rocky Lane Music LLP

Most Played Australian Work

Title: From The Music
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene* / Ilan Kidron* / Marisa Lock^ / Jonathan Murphy* / Justin Shave^
Publishers: Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo MCDJ Music* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: Own This Club
Artist: Marvin Priest
Writers: Antonio Egizii* / David Musumeci* / Marvin Priest^
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: She’s Like A Comet
Artist: Jebediah
Writers: Christopher Daymond / Brett Mitchell / Kevin Mitchell / Vanessa Thornton
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Somebody That I Used To Know
Artist: Gotye feat Kimbra
Writers: Wally de Backer* / Luiz Bonfa (ASCAP)^
Publishers: J Albert and Son Pty Ltd* / Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: Wild At Heart
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Anthony Jackson / Ian Kenny / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Country Work of the Year

Title: Bad Machines
Artist: Shane Nicholson
Writer: Shane Nicholson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Beautiful Mess
Artist: Kasey Chambers
Writer: Kasey Chambers
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Famous Last Words
Artist: Shane Nicholson
Writer: Shane Nicholson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Meant To Be
Artist: O’Shea
Writers: Kim Carnes (BMI)* / Mark O’Shea^ / Jay Smith
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd* / J Albert and Son Pty Ltd^

Title: Serves You Right
Artist: Jetty Road
Writers: Lee Bowman / Paula Bowman / Chris Burke-Gaffney (SOCAN) / Keith MacPherson (SOCAN) / Alexander Ross / Julian Sammut

Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Title: Biding My Time
Artist: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Compass
Artist: Saltwater Band
Writers: Charlie Yunupingu / David Yunupingu
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd obo SFM Publishing

Title: Falling
Artist: The Waifs
Writers: Josh Cunningham / Donna Simpson / Vikki Thorn
Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title: (Oh Well) That's What You Get (Falling In Love With A Cowboy)
Artist: Lanie Lane
Writer: Lanie Lane
Publisher: Ivy League Music administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: What Do I Do
Artist: Lanie Lane
Writer: Lanie Lane
Publisher: Ivy League Music administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Dance Work of the Year

Title: Finally See Our Way
Artist: Art Vs Science
Writers: James Finn / Daniel McNamee / Daniel Williams
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: From The Music
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene* / Ilan Kidron* / Marisa Lock^ / Jonathan Murphy* / Justin Shave^
Publishers: Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo MCDJ Music* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: Sunlight
Artist: Bag Raiders
Writers: Daniel Black (PRS)* / Jack Glass^ / Christopher Stracey^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: Titanium
Artist: David Guetta feat Sia
Writers: Sia Furler* / David Guetta (SACEM)^ / Giorgio Tuinfort (BMI)# / Nick Van De Wall~
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / J Albert and Son Pty Ltd^ / Sony/ATV Music
Publishing Australia Pty Ltd# / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd~

Title: We Run The Night
Artist: Havana Brown
Writers: Cassie Davis / Sean Mullins
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Rock Work of the Year

Title: Heartbreak Made Me A Killer
Artist: Short Stack
Writer: Shaun Diviney
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Love Is A Drug
Artist: Eskimo Joe
Writers: Stuart Macleod / Joel Quartermain / Kav Temperley
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: She’s Like A Comet
Artist: Jebediah
Writers: Christopher Daymond / Brett Mitchell / Kevin Mitchell / Vanessa Thornton
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Switch Me On
Artist: Shannon Noll
Writers: Benji Madden / Joel Madden / Shannon Noll / Lindsay Rimes
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Wild At Heart
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Anthony Jackson / Ian Kenny / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

International Work of the Year

Title: Animal
Artist: Neon Trees
Writers: Christopher Allen (BMI) / Branden Campbell (BMI) / Elaine Doty (BMI) / Tyler Glenn (BMI) / Timothy Pagnotta (ASCAP)
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Moves Like Jagger
Artist: Maroon 5
Writers: Adam Levine (BMI)* / Benjamin Levin (BMI)^ / Ammar Malik (BMI)^ / Johan Schuster (STIM)^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd* / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: Party Rock Anthem
Artist: LMFAO
Writers: Skyler Gordy (ASCAP)* / Stefan Gordy (ASCAP)* / David Listenbee (ASCAP) / Peter Schroeder (ASCAP)
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Title: Price Tag
Artist: Jesse J
Writers: Jessica Cornish* / Lukasz Gottwald^ / Claude Kelly# / Bobby Ray Simmons Jr+
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^ /Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd# / Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd+

Title: Rollin’ In The Deep
Artist: Adele
Writers: Adele Adkins (PRS)* / Paul Epworth (PRS)^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd* / EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Urban Work of the Year

Title: Own This Club
Artist: Marvin Priest
Writers: Antonio Egizii* / David Musumeci* / Marvin Priest^
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: Reflections
Artist: Bliss N Eso
Writers: Noam Dishon / Max MacKinnon / Jonathan Notley
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Simple Man
Artist: Diafrix feat Daniel Merriweather
Writers: Khaled Abdulwahab* / Kaelyn Behr^ / Glen Christiansen* / Mohamed Komba* / Daniel Merriweather#
Publishers: Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^ / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Marlin Publishing Pty Ltd#

Title: Sing It (The Life Of Riley)
Artist: Drapht
Writers: Daniel Rankine^ / Paul Ridge* / Darren Reutens^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd obo Blue Max Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd *

Title: Throw It Away
Artist: 360 feat Josh Pyke
Writers: Kaelyn Behr* / Matthew Colwell^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^