APRA members have spoken! A short list of 25 songs has been unveiled today as the challengers for the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year, with the winner to be announced at the 2021 APRA Music Awards in April. In what remains the largest peer-voted music award in Australia, the list represents the songs chosen by APRA members as the best of 2020.
The hits keep coming for a selection of shortlist songwriters who also had entries last year. In the running once again for 2021 are Kevin Parker with three Tame Impala songs (Is It True, It Might Be Time, Lost In Yesterday), Guy Sebastian (Standing With You), Hilltop Hoods (I’m Good?), last year’s winner Tones And I (Bad Child), Archie Roach (Tell Me Why), Paul Kelly (When We’re Both Old and Mad) and Birds of Tokyo (Two of Us).
There are also several newcomers in the shortlist mix. Andrew Farriss and the late Michael Hutchence have landed on the short list with Dua Lipa’s Break My Heart which samples the INXS classic Need You Tonight. Kylie Minogue makes her first appearance with Say Something as does Rob Hirst, Joel Davison and Bunna Lawrie for Midnight Oil’s Gadigal Land. Also included for the first time are songwriters Matthew Neighbour for his work on Matt Corby’s If I Never Say a Word, JessB who features on the Baker Boy track Meditjin and Michael Fatkin for Daryl Braithwaite’s Love Songs. Some of Australia’s favourite bands have also made their short list debut this year; Spacey Jane, Polaris, DMA’s and brother duo Lime Cordiale with co-writer David Haddad.
The final five nominees across all 2021 APRA Music Awards categories will be revealed in March and the winners announced when the awards return for the 39th time, this year in Sydney. The current plan is to move forward with a COVID-safe event on Wednesday 28 April at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom at Darling Harbour.
“As Australia slowly begins recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic, our industry is still largely on pause. After such a difficult year, our sincere hope is that we can stage a traditional live ceremony for the 2021 APRA Music Awards. A physical event would announce that we're in a new era, one where we can celebrate the Australian songwriters that have excelled despite one of the most challenging years in memory. We hope to see you there in the flesh,” said Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS CEO.
All APRA songwriter and publisher members who voted for the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year are automatically placed into the draw to win a cool $5,000 courtesy of Marsh.
APRA AMCOS thanks its current sponsors Marsh and The Industry Observer and welcomes event sponsors Songtradr, Jaxsta and Studios 301.