The APRA Music Awards are back for another year, with the nominees for the 2019 edition being announced today.

Following on from a stunning year in 2018 which saw Paul Kelly’s ‘Firewood and Candles’ named Song of The Year, and A.B. Original’s Briggs and Trials named Songwriter of the Year, the nominees for the 2019 APRA Music Awards have been announced.

With the APRA Song of the Year category being 100% determined by APRA songwriter and publisher members, the final five contenders for this year’s prestigious award include the likes of Amy Shark, Paul Kelly, and Ainslie Wills, who shares songwriting credits on ‘Society’ with Bram Inscore and MoZella.

Meanwhile, Joel Ma (Joelistics) and first-time nominees Mojo Juju and Rita Seumanutafa are nominated for the former’s ‘Native Tongue’, while Angie McMahon also scores a first-time nomination for ‘Slow Mover’.

While Baker Boy, Dean Lewis, G Flip, Jack River, and Tash Sultana are all vying for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, the likes of Vance Joy, PNAU, Sheppard, Amy Shark, and Zedd (whose track ‘The Middle’ was co-written by Sarah Aarons) are all in the running for Most Played Australian Work.

Plenty more Aussie acts have scored nominations as well, including the likes of Hottest 100 winners Ocean Alley, Hilltop Hoods, Bliss n Eso, Thundamentals, Sia, Peking Duk, Kasey Chambers, Angus & Julia Stone, and much more.

This year’s awards are going to be a huge event, with two more awards, decided by the APRA Board of Directors, being announced at the ceremony – Songwriter of the Year and the Overseas Recognition Award.

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All these awards, along with The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, Most Played Australian Work Overseas and Licensee of the Year will be handed out at the 2019 APRA Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 30th.

Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, this year’s event will be hosted by iconic Melbourne writer, comedian, producer, and broadcaster Brian Nankervis.

Check out the APRA Music Song of the Year nominees:

2019 APRA Music Awards nominees

Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Title: I Said Hi
Artist: Amy Shark
Writer: Amy Shark
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: Native Tongue
Artist: Mojo Juju
Writers: Mojo Juju / Joel Ma* / Rita Seumanutafa
Publisher: Mushroom Music*

Title: Slow Mover
Artist: Angie McMahon
Writer: Angie McMahon
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

Title: Society
Artist: Ainslie Wills
Writers: Ainslie Wills / Bram Inscore* / MoZella^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / Kobalt Music Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^

Title: With the One I Love
Artist: Paul Kelly
Writer: Paul Kelly
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Writer: Danzal Baker pka Baker Boy

Writer: Dean Lewis
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music

Writer: Georgia Flipo pka G Flip
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic

Writer: Holly Rankin pka Jack River
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Writer: Tash Sultana
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana

Most Played Australian Work

Title: Coming Home
Artist: Sheppard
Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard / Matthew Radosevich* / Christopher Wallace*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Empire of Song / Native Tongue Music Publishing*

Title: Go Bang
Artist: PNAU
Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes / Luke Steele^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^

Title: I Said Hi
Artist: Amy Shark
Writer: Amy Shark
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: The Middle
Artist: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Writers: Sarah Aarons / Jordan Johnson* / Stefan Johnson^ / Marcus Lomax* / Kyle Trewartha+ Michael Trewartha+ / Anton Zaslavski+
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+

Title: We’re Going Home
Artist: Vance Joy
Writers: James Keogh / Daniel Wilson*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / BMG Rights Management*

Country Work of the Year

Title: Ain’t Seen It Yet
Artist: The Wolfe Brothers
Writers: Brodie Rainbird / Nicholas Wolfe / Thomas Wolfe / Erik Anderson*
Publishers: Perfect Pitch Publishing / Peermusic*

Title: Day Drunk
Artist: Morgan Evans
Writers: Morgan Evans / Chris DeStefano* / Lindy Robbins^
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing^

Title: I Do
Artist: Morgan Evans
Writers: Morgan Evans+ / Chris DeStefano* / Ashley Gorley^
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music+^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^

Title: In The Morning
Artist: Tori Forsyth
Writer: Tori Forsyth
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing obo Peppermintblue Publishing

Title: The Campfire Song
Artist: Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples feat. Alan Pigram
Writers: Kasey Chambers* / Bill Chambers^ / Alan Pigram
Publishers: Mushroom Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Checked Label Services^

Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Title: Chateau
Artist: Angus & Julia Stone
Writers: Angus Stone / Julia Stone
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: Mystik
Artist: Tash Sultana
Writer: Tash Sultana
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana

Title: Second Hand Car
Artist: Kim Churchill
Writers: Kim Churchill / Nicholas Hodgson*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing*

Title: Tell It Like It Is
Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Writer: Jack Ladder
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: White Flag
Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Writer: Jack Ladder
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Dance Work of the Year

Title: Flames
Artist: David Guetta & Sia
Writers: Sia Furler* / Christopher Braide^ / David Guetta+ / Giorgio Tuinfort ~/ Marcus Van Wattum
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / BMG Rights Management^ / Origin Music Publishing+ / Kobalt Music Publishing ~

Title: Go Bang
Artist: PNAU
Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes / Luke Steele^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing^

Title: Let You Down
Artist: Peking Duk feat. Icona Pop
Writers: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Styalz (Kaelyn Behr)* / Samuel Manville^ / Robert Taylor+
Publishers: BMG Rights Management / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Warner/Chappell Music+

Title: Tell Me You Love Me
Artist: Galantis & Throttle
Writers: Sarah Aarons* / Bloodshy^ / Svidden^ / Robert Bergin / Linus Eklow+ / Edward Jenkins / Henrik Jonback~
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music
Publishing+ / Warner/Chappell Music~

Title: The Middle
Artist: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Writers: Sarah Aarons / Jordan Johnson* / Stefan Johnson^ / Marcus Lomax* / Kyle Trewartha+ / Michael Trewartha+ / Anton Zaslavski+
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / BMG Rights Management* / Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing+

Rock Work of the Year

Title: Confidence
Artist: Ocean Alley
Writers: Nic Blom / Baden Donegal / Lach Galbraith / Mitch Galbraith / Angus Goodwin / Tom O’Brien

Title: Million Man
Artist: The Rubens
Writers: Scott Baldwin / Elliott Margin / Sam Margin / Zaac Margin / William Zeglis
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music

Title: Never Ever
Artist: The Rubens feat. Sarah
Writers: Sarah Aarons / Elliott Margin* / Sam Margin*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro / Mushroom Music obo Ivy League Music*

Title: Slow Mover
Artist: Angie McMahon
Writer: Angie McMahon
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

Title: The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows
Artist: Gang of Youths
Writer: David Le’aupepe
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Pop Work of the Year

Title: Be Alright
Artist: Dean Lewis
Writers: Dean Lewis / Jon Hume*
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing*

Title: Coming Home
Artist: Sheppard
Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard / Matthew Radosevich* / Christopher Wallace*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo Empire of Song / Native Tongue Music Publishing*

Title: Healing Hands
Artist: Conrad Sewell
Writers: Stuart Crichton / Conrad Sewell* / Stephen Wrabel
Publishers: Native Tongue Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*

Title: I Said Hi
Artist: Amy Shark
Writer: Amy Shark
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing

Title: We’re Going Home
Artist: Vance Joy
Writers: James Keogh / Daniel Wilson*
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / BMG Rights Management*

Urban Work of the Year

Title: Believe
Artist: Bliss n Eso feat. Mario
Writers: Max MacKinnon* / Jonathan Notley* / PJ Harding^ / Cameron Ludik^ / Damian Smith
Publishers: Mushroom Music* / Universal Music Publishing^

Title: Clark Griswold
Artist: Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle
Writers: DJ Debris (Barry Francis)* / MC Pressure (Daniel Smith)* / Suffa (Matthew Lambert)* / John Bartlett / Paul Bartlett
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*

Title: I Miss You
Artist: Thundamentals
Writers: Jeswon (Jesse Ferris)* / Morgs (Morgan Jones)* / Tuka (Brendan Tuckerman)* / Carl Dimataga
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro*

Title: Marryuna
Artist: Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal
Writers: Baker Boy / Dion Brownfield / Jerome Farah* / Yirrmal Marika
Publisher: Mushroom Music*

Title: Mr La Di Da Di
Artist: Baker Boy
Writers: Baker Boy / Dion Brownfield / Jerome Farah* / Dallas Woods
Publisher: Mushroom Music*

International Work of the Year

Title: Havana
Artist: Camila Cabello
Writers: Louis Bell* / Karla Cabello*/ Frank Dukes*^ / Kaan Gunesberk / Brittany Hazzard+ / Brian Lee~ / Ali Tamposi> / Yung Thug~> / Andrew Watt° / Pharrell Williams*
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*/ Native Tongue Music Publishing+ / Warner/Chappell Music~ / Mushroom Music> / Kobalt Music Publishing°

Title: Meant To Be
Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Writers: David Garcia* / Tyler Hubbard^ / Joshua Miller+ / Bleta Rexha~
Publishers: Shout Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^ / Warner/Chappell Music+ / BMG Rights Management~

Title: Perfect
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Writer: Edward Sheeran
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Title: Rockstar
Artist: Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
Writers: 21 Savage*/ Olufunmibi Awoshiley^ / Louis Bell^/ Post Malone~ / Carl Rosen~ / Jo Virginie>
Publishers: BMG Rights Management* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing /
Universal/MCA Music Publishing~ / Mushroom Music>

Title: What About Us
Artist: P!nk
Writers: P!nk* / John McDaid^ / Mac Steve+
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*/ Kobalt Music Publishing^ / Universal Music Publishing+

2019 APRA Music Awards

Tuesday, April 30th
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Hosted by Brian Nankervis
Musical Director Kate Miller-Heidke