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2018 APRA Music Awards

The APRA Music Awards celebrate excellence in contemporary music, honouring songwriters and publishers that have achieved outstanding success in their fields. In 2018, the APRA Music Awards were held on Tuesday 10 April at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

To celebrate the outstanding winners and nominees for 2018 awards, we've put together a playlist of Aussie artists who got recognised on the night.

Here are a selection of the 2018 Winners and Nominees for

- Song Of The Year
- Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year
- Country Work Of The Year
- Blues & Roots Work Of The Year
- Pop Work Of The Year
- Rock Work Of The Year
- Urban Work Of The Year

For a full list of the winners and nominees, visit http://apraamcos.com.au/awards/2018-awards/apra-music-awards/

Tracks

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A.B. Original - Blaccout     Hip Hop, Rap, Australian Indigenous, Hardcore 16/03/2018
A.B.ORIGINAL was born when Briggs & Trials were invited to perform at triple j’s 40 year celebration in January 2015. Their debut album was released in 2016 with critical acclaim
"Beast mode horns, fiery trap rolls, and air-raid siren synths" -ABC

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge, Hobart (TAS)

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD WINNER: Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year

Vera Blue - Regular Touch     Pop, Electronic 03/11/2017
Incandescent singer-songwriter Vera Blue continues to rise with her infectious and inspiring new single ‘Regular Touch’.
"Regular Touch was written in the very early stages of Perennial at a time in my life where I wanted to feel contentment on my own. I had this vision of myself feeling free from the chains of heartbreak and needing someone, anyone to feel complete and of purpose."-Vera Blue.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Pop Release 'Perennial'

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Best New Act (presented by Young Henrys - National Awards), Live Voice of the Year (National Awards), Live Voice of the Year (presented by Audio-Technica - People's Choice Awards)

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year

Alex Lahey - Every Day's The Weekend     Pop, Rock 10/08/2017
Multi-instrumentalist Alex Lahey embraces a simple, home-spun story-telling style that’s often underlined by her second love, the fuzz pedal.
Distilling universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs is what Alex Lahey does best, and Every Day's The Weekend is no exception - a jaunty ode to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio, Sydney (NSW)

2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Independent Artist
2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Independent Album or EP (I Love You Like A Brother)
2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Independent Single

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: International Live Achievement - Solo (National Awards), Live Voice of the Year (presented by Audio Technica - People's Choice Awards)

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Vance Joy - Lay It On Me     Pop, Folk 21/07/2017
Following a period of writing and recording abroad, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and local favourite Vance Joy has unveiled a brand new single, ‘Lay It On Me’.
Vance Joy's brand new single 'Lay It On Me' is an upbeat, breezy, acoustic track with a stunning cinematic video.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Independent Release 'Lay It On Me', Best Male Artist

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Pop Work Of The Year

Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles     Rock, Blues 30/06/2017
Paul Kelly is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player.
“The guitar riff at the start of Firewood and Candles is like a Sunnyboys song. Those kind of guitar lines, nothing fancy but strong, are like the ones Steve Connolly used to play with The Messengers. I can see a lot of parallels to those records I was making then.’’

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Adult Contemporary Album 'Life Is Fine', Best Male Artist, Apple Music Album of the Year

2017 THE AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Male

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD WINNER: Song Of The Year

Ainslie Wills - Running Second     Pop 16/05/2017
Melodic architect Ainslie Wills creates music that is both musically distinct and earnestly delivered; a feat she achieves through unfalteringly strong vocals, quietly profound lyricism matched with complex, thought-provoking melodies.
Running Second showcases Wills reputation for quietly profound lyricism and musical sincerity and will feature on her forthcoming EP, slated for later this year. “The message within it, is dedicated to all of us who feel that for whatever reason, we aren’t good enough,” says Wills.

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Live Voice of the Year (VIC Awards)

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Song Of The Year

Bernard Fanning - Isn't It A Pity     Rock, Acoustic, Folk 02/05/2017
Bernard Fanning has accumulated one of the most celebrated and distinct songbooks on the Australian rock spectrum; charting a course from creation to an interactive live experience like no other.
‘Isn’t It A Pity’ is the first official single release from Bernard Fanning’s forthcoming album, ‘Brutal Dawn’. ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ looks at the gap between memory and reality, neatly shifting between mellow verses and a glorious chorus driven by a funky soul groove.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Adult Contemporary Album 'Brutal Dawn'

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Blues & Roots Work Of The Year

The McClymonts - Don't Wish It All Away     Country, Acoustic 25/04/2017
The McClymonts are acknowledged as Australia’s #1 Country Group, achieving 2x Gold Accreditations, 10x Golden Guitar Awards, an APRA, CMA Award for Global Artist of the Year & CMC Award.
The single reflects on how quickly time passes and is a reminder to cherish each moment. Inspired by how quickly their children are growing up, Brooke, Sam and Mollie all contributed to the writing of the song along with Lindsey Jackson.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Country Album 'Endless'

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Country Work Of The Year

Bliss n Eso - Moments (feat. Gavin James) (radio edit clean)     Hip Hop, Pop 06/04/2017
Sydney trio who continue to push not only themselves, but hip-hop, forward in Australia.
‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’ reflects on those special moments growing up that we’ll never forget, celebrating the carefree days that shape our youth. Featuring award-winning, Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James and produced by Styalz Fuego (Peking Duk, 360, Illy), Charlie Handsome (Drake, Mac Miller) and Nic Martin (Urthboy, Drapht).

2018 AIR AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Independent Hip Hop Album (Off The Grid)

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Urban Work Of The Year

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Video, Apple Music Song of the Year

Other tracks by Bliss n Eso:  Friend Like You [feat. Lee Fields] (Explicit Radio Edit)  -  Dopamine (Feat. Thief)
Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?     Rock, Chill, Pop, Roots 10/02/2017
Sydney's Gang of Youths release their new single “What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?” via their own label Mosy Recordings ahead of their sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness.
"I’ve been searching frantically for whoever is up there or whatever's inside me and I'm afraid that one day I’ll lose this savage spirit of enquiry and just default on resignation. I’m afraid that I will capitulate to the nihilism and absurdity instead of pursuing truth and life and autonomy."- Dave

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year (David Le'aupepe)

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio, Sydney (NSW)

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Group Nominees, Best Australian Live Act, Best Rock Album 'Go Farther In Lightness', Apple Music Album of the Year

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Song Of The Year

Other tracks by Gang of Youths:  Atlas Drowned  -  Let Me Down Easy
Thundamentals - Think About It     Hip Hop, Pop 19/11/2016
Since forming in the Blue Mountains, Australian hip-hop artists Thundamentals (DJ Morgs, Tuka, PonCho and Jeswon) have built a solid fan base across the country, renowned for their live performances.
“For me, it's a song about falling in love with a very powerful woman and allowing her to see your vulnerabilities. Also, it's about understanding that everyone feels lonely at some point in their life, in that regard all we can do is feel like everyone else.” - Tuka.

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Urban Work Of The Year

Amy Shark - Adore     Electronic 16/11/2016
With no label, agent or manager the heat around ‘Adore’ has purely organically grown and grown.
Charts:
- 4th most Shazamed Australian track
- #1 on Spotify Viral Top 50 Chart
- Currently #33 on the Top 100 Shazams (peaked low 20s)
- iTunes #59 currently
- AIR Charts single #5/ Radio #8
- ARIA Australian Artists single #17

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist Nominees, Best Female Artist, Apple Music Album of the Year 'Night Thinker', Apple Music Song of the Year

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Song of the Year

FINALIST: 2017 QLD MUSIC AWARDS - POP, REGIONAL

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD WINNER:- Pop Work Of The Year

Tkay Maidza - Simulation     Hip Hop, Electronic, Pop 21/10/2016
Tkay Maidza today unleashes ‘Simulation’, the second official single to be lifted from her forthcoming debut album 'Tkay', which is set to shake up audiences worldwide October 28
‘Simulation’ finds Maidza infusing melody-driven dance-pop with a sweet and tender soulfulness. Co-written by Tkay, along with her DJ and producer LK McKay and George Maple.

2017 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARD FINALIST: Best Song, Best Female Artist, Pop Award

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Breakthrough Artist Nominees, Best Urban Release 'TKAY'

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Urban Work Of The Year

Kingswood - Creepin'     Rock 19/10/2016
Firebrand, ARIA-nominated, Melbourne rockers Kingswood are back in a big, big way today with the release of the barnstorming new single ‘Creepin’.
‘Creepin’ is the band’s first single since their 2014 album Microscopic Wars. The track lures you in with its opening, soothing, psychedelic guitar notes and Fergus Lincare’s tender, soulful vocals, before its jaws close down around you in the form of thunderous drum rolls and a crunching, stadium-sized bass line.

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Rock Work Of The Year

The McClymonts - House     Country 19/10/2016
The McClymonts are acknowledged as Australia’s #1 Country Group, achieving 2x Gold Accreditations, 10x Golden Guitar Awards, 2x ARIAs, an APRA and CMA Award for Global Artist of the Year.
10x Golden Guitar-winning Australian country group The McClymonts release brand new single 'House' from their highly anticipated upcoming album 'Endless', which will be released next year on Jan 13. In support of the album, their national tour will commence on January 25 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Country Album 'Endless'

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Country Work Of The Year

Dean Lewis - Waves     Pop, Acoustic, Rock 07/10/2016
Sydney based singer-song writer Dean Lewis is newly signed to Island Australia/Universal Music Australia.
“Waves”, twists sunlight and shadow together, gradually building an aching, intimate atmosphere into a storm of emotion. With Lewis’s haunting falsetto taking centre stage amidst cathedral-like production, “Waves” drapes bittersweet memory over a softly insistent guitar, before layers of urgent harmonies and hammering rhythm combine to transform meditative into majestic.

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist Nominees, Best Video, Apple Music Song of the Year

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Pop Work Of The Year

Tash Sultana - Jungle     Pop, Roots, Blues 05/09/2016
With a completely sold out tour across Australia, UK, Europe and New Zealand, Tash Sultana is one of the most exciting artists at the moment.
"Jungle" is Tash's most exciting release to date having a bedroom video of the song go viral with over 2 million views and 22,000 shares on facebook in 2 weeks. This is the the definitive studio version.

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARD FINALIST 2016: Roots Live Act of the Year

2017 ARIA AWARD NOMINEE: Best Independent Release 'Notion EP', Breakthrough Artist Nominees, Best Blues & Roots Album, Best Australian Live Act

2018 APRA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: Blues & Roots Work Of The Year