It’s always a great sign of a healthy music industry where the nominees for the APRA Music Awards are a varied bunch, and this year’s list showcases the depth and breadth of our songwriters and performers.

The fact we have some first-timers mixed in with veteran songwriters also bodes well. All in all, the last twelve months were good for Aussie music.

The 2018 APRA Music Awards will be held on Tuesday 10 April at the ICC, on Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Check out all the nominees below.

SONG OF THE YEAR

Title:Fallin’
Artist:Jessica Mauboy
Writers:Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+
Title:Firewood and Candles
Artist:Paul Kelly
Writers:Paul Kelly* / Billy Miller
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
Title:Running Second
Artist:Ainslie Wills
Writers:Ainslie Willls / Lawrence Folvig
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Title:Weekends
Artist:Amy Shark
Writer:Amy Shark
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing
Title:What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Artist:Gang of Youths
Writer:David Le’aupepe
Publisher:Universal Music Publishing

BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Writer:Alex Lahey 
Publisher:Native Tongue Music Publishing
Writer:Ben Abraham 
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo WGBR Music
Writer:Celia Pavey pka Vera Blue
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / Canal Music Publishing
Writer:Gretta Ray 
Writer:Sarah Aarons
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing

COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR

Title:Ain’t No Little Girl
Artist:Kasey Chambers
Writer:Kasey Chambers
Publisher:Mushroom Music
Title:Don’t Wish It All Away 
Artist:The McClymonts
Writers:Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Lindsey Jackson*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing*
Title:House
Artist:The McClymonts
Writers:Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Sarah Aarons / Michael Fatkin*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*
Title:Kiss Somebody 
Artist:Morgan Evans
Writers:Morgan Evans / Chris De Stefano* / Josh Osborne^
Publishers:Warner/Chappell Music Publishing obo SongsByMe / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo CDs Words & Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Smackville Music and Anderson Fork In The Road Music^
Title:My Breakup Anthem
Artist:Caitlyn Shadbolt
Writers:Caitlyn Shadbolt / Jared Porter
BLUES & ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR
Title:Best Part of Me 
Artist:Busby Marou
Writers:Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / Jon Hume
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Title:Getaway Car 
Artist:Busby Marou
Writers:Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / David Ryan Harris
Publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Title:Isn’t It A Pity 
Artist:Bernard Fanning
Writer:Bernard Fanning
Title:Jungle 
Artist:Tash Sultana
Writer:Tash Sultana
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tash Sultana P/L
Title:Reckless 
Artist:Bernard Fanning
Writer:Bernard Fanning

DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR

TitleCall On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Artist:Starley
Writers:Starley Hope / Peter Wadams*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Alive and Well Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo P-Money Music*
Title:Chameleon 
Artist:PNAU
Writers:Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes^
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing obo Chenfeld^
Title:Fake Magic
Artist:Peking Duk feat. AlunaGeorge
Writers:Adam Hyde* / Reuben Styles* / Sam Littlemore^ / Laura Lowther / Frances Dewji* / George Reid*
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing* / 120 Publishing^
Title:Mind Made Up feat. Kylie Auldist  
Artist:Cookin’ on 3 Burners [Lenno vs CO3B]
Writers:Lance Ferguson / Ivan Khatchoyan* / Jake Mason*
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / Origin Music Publishing*
Title:Stranger 
Artist:Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writers:Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)*/ Elliphant^ / Daniel Goudie+ / Ashley Milton+
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Publishing Company Ten AB and Prescription Songs^ / BMG+

POP WORK OF THE YEAR

Title:Adore 
Artist:Amy Shark
Writers:Amy Shark / M-Phazes*
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*
Title:Fallin’
Artist:Jessica Mauboy
Writers:Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+
Title:Lay It On Me
Artist:Vance Joy
Writers:James Keogh / Dave Bassett*
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Reservoir Media Music*
Title:Set In Stone 
Artist:Guy Sebastian
Writers:Guy Sebastian / Stuart Crichton* / Taylor Parks^
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing* / Warner/Chappell Music obo Taylor Monet Music^
Title:Waves
Artist:Dean Lewis
Writers:Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway^
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG obo Stage 3 Music Publishing* / BMG^

ROCK WORK OF THE YEAR

Title:Brace
Artist:Birds of Tokyo
Writers:Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher:Mushroom Music
Title:Creepin
Artist:Kingswood
Writer:Alex Laska
Publisher:Native Tongue Music Publishing
Title:Empire 
Artist:Birds of Tokyo
Writers:Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston / David Bottrill*
Publishers:Mushroom Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Real World Music*
Title:Scott Green
Artist:Dune Rats
Writers:Danny Beusaraus / Brett Jansch / BC Michaels / Zachary Carper*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music LLC*
Title:The Producer 
Artist:Cable Ties
Writers:Shauna Boyle / Nicholas Brown / Jennifer McKechnie

URBAN WORK OF THE YEAR

Title:Catch 22 
Artist:Illy feat. Anne-Marie
Writers:Illy / M-Phazes* / Grant Michaels^ / Suzanne Shinn^
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing obo SONGS Music Publishing^
Title:Moments
Artist:Bliss n Eso feat. Gavin James
Writers:Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Max Mackinnon+ / Nicholas Martin / Jonathan Notley+ / Ryan Vojtesak#
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Mushroom Music+ / Universal/MCA Music Publishing#
Title:Oh My feat. Jenna McDougall
Artist:Illy
Writers:Illy* / M-Phazes^ / Jefferson Wolfe
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing^
Title:Simulation 
Artist:Tkay Maidza
Writers:Tkay Maidza / Jessica Higgs pka George Maple* / Luke McKay^
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Utopian Ideas Pty Ltd* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Dew Process*
Title:Think About It feat. Peta & The Wolves
Artist:Thundamentals
Writers:Jesse Ferris / Morgan Jones / Kevin Kerr / Brendan Tuckerman / Peta Jeffress*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing obo The Kennel AB*

MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK

Title:Adore
Artist:Amy Shark
Writers:Amy Shark / M-Phazes*
Publishers:Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing*
Title:Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Artist:Starley
Writers:Starley Hope / Peter Wadams*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Alive and Well Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo P-Money Music*
Title:Chameleon
Artist:PNAU
Writers:Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore* / Peter Mayes^
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / 120 Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing obo Chenfeld^
Title:Fallin’
Artist:Jessica Mauboy
Writers:Ivy Adara* / PJ Harding pka Thief^ / Louis Schoorl+
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Prescription Songs* / Universal Music Publishing^ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo I Am A Sherpa Music, Amsterdam Central Music and Seven Peaks Music+
Title:Stranger
Artist:Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writers:Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz)*/ Elliphant^ / Daniel Goudie+ / Ashley Milton+
Publishers:Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing* / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Publishing Company Ten AB and Prescription Songs^ / BMG+
Title:Waves
Artist:Dean Lewis
Writers:Dean Lewis / Nicholas Atkinson* / Edward Holloway^
Publishers:Kobalt Music Publishing obo Specific Music / BMG obo Stage 3 Music Publishing* / BMG^

INTERNATIONAL WORK OF THE YEAR

Title:24K Magic
Artist:Bruno Mars
Writers:Bruno Mars / Christopher Brown* / Philip Lawrence^
Publishers:Warner/Chappell Music / Warner/Chappell Music obo Late 80’s Music and Thou Art The Hunger* / Universal/MCA Music obo ZZR Music^
Title:Castle On The Hill
Artist:Ed Sheeran
Writers:Ed Sheeran / Benjamin Levin*
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music*
Title:Shape of You 
Artist:Ed Sheeran
Writers:Ed Sheeran / Kevin Briggs* / Kandi Burruss^ / Tameka Cottle+ / Steven McCutcheon~ / John McDaid>
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing / BMG and Warner/Chappell Music obo She K’em Down and Pepper Drive Music* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Kandacy Music and Tony Mercedes Music^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Tiny Tam Music and Tony Mercedes Music+ / Universal Music Publishing obo Rokstone Music~ / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Spirit B-Unique Polar Patrol>
Title:Something Just Like This
Artist:The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Writers:Andrew Taggart* / Chris Martin / Guy Berryman / Jonathan Buckland / William Champion
Publishers:Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Nice Hair Publishing* / Universal Music Publishing MGB
Title:There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Artist:Shawn Mendes
Writers:Shawn Mendes / Scott Friedman* / Teddy Geiger^ / Geoffrey Warburton+
Publishers:Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo Mendes Music / Warner/Chappell Music* / BMG and Mushroom Music obo Big Deal Music LLC^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing+