Monday, 21 June 2010

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2010 APRA Music Awards, announced this evening at a red carpet gala event at the Sydney Convention Centre. Hosted by Jonathon Biggins and Julia Zemiro, the awards celebrate composers and songwriters across 12 categories who have achieved excellence in their craft over the last year.

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In their first APRA nomination, the much coveted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR award has been won by THE TEMPER TRAP’s Dougy Mandagi and Lorenzo Sillitto, for their feel-good summer anthem ‘Sweet Disposition’.  After enjoying huge Australian chart success, the band toured internationally and saw ‘Sweet Disposition’  also make it into the top ten in both the US and UK charts. The 2009 APRA SONG OF THE YEAR recipient, Chris Cheney (THE LIVING END), presented the award and OPERATOR PLEASE honoured the band with a special performance of the song.

The influential SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR award, presented by rock historian Glenn A Baker and decided by the APRA Board of Writers and Publisher Directors, has been awarded to AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young. Their 2008 album release Black Ice peaked at number 1 across 27 countries and sold more than 1,700,000 units in its first week, and was accompanied by a worldwide sell out stadium tour. The Young brothers also took home the accolade for MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS for their single ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, proving they just keep on keeping on.  To mark the award, Megan Washington took to the stage at the ceremony to perform her own unique rendition of ‘Black Ice.’

Also decided by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors was the BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR category, which was awarded to EMPIRE OF THE SUN’s Luke Steele, Nick Littlemore and Jonathan Sloane in recognition of their debut album, Walking on a Dream. Fellow electronic act Art vs. Science performed their single ‘We Are The People’. Empire of the Sun also went home with DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR for their melodic tune ‘Walking On a Dream’.

Adelaide hip hop veterans Barry Francis, Matthew Lambert, Daniel Smith from HILLTOP HOODS have been at the centre of the Australian hip hop scene for the better part of two decades. They picked up the nod for URBAN WORK OF THE YEAR, along with co-writer Henry Lawes, for their second single ‘Still Standing’ from their album State of Art.

The category for MOST PLAYED AUSTALIAN WORK and ROCK WORK OF THE YEAR has been won by ESKIMO JOE’s  Stuart MacLeod, Joel Quartermain, Steve Parkin, and Kav Temperley for their incredibly catchy tune ‘Foreign Land’ from the album Inshalla. The single was inspired after the songwriters heard the tragic news of Heath Ledger’s death whilst in New York.

Troy Cassar-Daley’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest country performer has been cemented further by receiving the COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR award for ‘Big, Big Love’. The award-winning single was inspired by a text message Troy recieved from Keith Urban sharing the news that his wife Nicole Kidman had given birth to their daughter, Sunday Rose. Katie Noonan has always loved Troy’s song, and tonight wowed the APRA Music Awards audience with her rendition.

Former triple j presenter Ash Grunwald drew attention as a solo artist with his 2002 release Introducing Ash Grunwald and since then has released another five albums and received countless award nominations.  The 2009 single ‘Breakout’ has given Grunwald and co-writer Pip Norman their first APRA Music Awards win for BLUES AND ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR.

Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup (The Angels, The Party Boys, Gangajang) presented the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC to Jimmy Little.  Selected by the APRA Board of Directors, Jimmy Little has been honoured for a career spanning over 6 decades. For many of those years he was the only Aboriginal star on the Australian music scene. In a highlight of the awards ceremony, Jimmy Little and members of THE CHURCH shared the stage for a performance of the Australian classic ‘Under the Milky Way’.

Finally, Joseph King and Isaac Slade from American four-piece THE FRAY, having toured earlier this year to sell out crowds, took out INTERNATIONAL WORK OF THE YEAR for their worldwide single ‘You Found Me’.

APRA would like to offer sincere congratulations to all the nominees and winners for 2010. APRA would also like to thank the generous sponsors of the 2010 APRA Music Awards:  MAX, Howling Wolves, and Gibson Guitars.