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Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark & More Among 2018 APRA Music Awards Nominees

Written by Tom Williams on March 15, 2018

UPDATE: A.B. Original, Peking Duk & M-Phazes Dominate The 2018 APRA Music Awards

ORIGINAL STORIES: The likes of Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark, Paul Kelly and super producer M-Phazes have been named on this year’s list of APRA Music Awards nominees.

M-Phazes leads the way with four nominations for 2018, given his songwriting collaborations with Amy Shark and rapper Illy.

Elsewhere, the all-important Song Of The Year nominees include Amy Shark (‘Weekends’), Paul Kelly and Billy Miller (‘Firewood and Candles’), Gangs Of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe (‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’) and Ainslie Wills and Lawrence Folvig (‘Running Second’).

The likes of Alex Lahey, Vera Blue and Gretta Ray are up for Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year, while Peking Duk, Amy Shark and Styalz have all picked up three nominations from their songwriting work.

“There’s two moments that you think ‘I could be a songwriter’,” says Amy Shark.

“There’s the moment when you’re like I enjoy songwriting and I’m gonna do it. But then the moment I thought I could be a songwriter wasn’t until I’d completely signed to a record label, management, everything else. I wasn’t sold until everything was sort of happening because you have your doubts.”

The 2017 APRA Music Awards were dominated by Flume, who took home three awards from four nominations, including Songwriter Of The Year.

The 2018 APRA Music Awards will be hosted by Julia Zemiro, and will take place at Sydney’s International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, 10th April.

View the full list of nominees, below.

2018 APRA Award Nominees

Song of the Year:

Ainslie Wills – ‘Running Second’ (writers: Ainslie Wills/Lawrence Folvig)
Amy Shark – ‘Weekends’ (writer: Amy Shark)
Gang of Youths – ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’ (writer: David Le’aupepe)
Jessica Mauboy – ‘Fallin’ (writers: Ivy Adara/PJ Harding pka Thief/Louis Schoorl)
Paul Kelly – ‘Firewood And Candles’ (writers: Paul Kelly/Billy Miller)

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year:

Alex Lahey
Ben Abraham
Vera Blue (Celia Pavey)
Gretta Ray
Sarah Aarons

Most Played Australian Work:

Amy Shark – ‘Adore’ (writers: Amy Shark/M-Phazes)
Dean Lewis – ‘Waves’ (writers: Dean Lewis/Nicholas Atkinson/Edward Holloway)
Jessica Mauboy – ‘Fallin’ (writers: Ivy Adara/PJ Harding pka Thief/Louis Schoorl)
Peking Duk – ‘Stranger’ ft. Elliphant (writers: Adam Hyde/Reuben Styles/Kaelyn Behr pka Styalz/Elliphant/Daniel Goudie/Ashely Milton)
PNAU – ‘Chameleon’ (writers: Nick Littlemore/Sam Littlemore/Peter Mayes)
Starley – ‘Call On Me’ (Ryan Riback Remix) (writers: Starley Hope/Peter Wadams)

Pop Work of the Year:

Amy Shark – ‘Adore’ (writers: Amy Shark/M-Phazes)
Dean Lewis – ‘Waves’ (writers: Dean Lewis/Nicholas Atkinson/Edward Holloway)
Guy Sebastian – ‘Set In Stone’ (writers: Guy Sebastian/Sturat Crichton/Taylor Parks)
Jessica Mauboy – ‘Fallin’ (writers: Ivy Adara/PJ Harding pka Thief/Louis Schoorl)
Vance Joy – ‘Lay It On Me’ (writers: James Keogh/Dave Bassett)

Rock Work of the Year:

Birds of Tokyo – ‘Brace’ (writers: Ian Berny/Ian Kenny/Glenn Sarangpany/Adam Spark/Adam Weston)
Birds of Tokyo – ‘Empire’ (writers: Ian Berny/Ian Kenny/Glenn Sarangpany/Adam Spark/Adam Weston/David Bottrill)
Cable Ties – ‘The Producer’ (writers: Shauna Boyle/Nicholas Brown/Jennifer McKechnie)
Dune Rats – ‘Scott Green’ (writers: Danny Beusaraus/Brett Jansch/BC Michaels/Zachary Carper)
Kingswood – ‘Creepin’ (writers: Alex Laska)

Urban Work of the Year:

Bliss N Eso – ‘Moments’ ft. Gavin James (writers: Kaelyn Behr pka Styalz/PJ Harding pka Thief/Max Mackinnon/Nicholas Martin/Jonathan NotleyRyan Vojtesak)
Illy – ‘Catch 22’ ft. Anne-Marie (writers: Illy/M-Phazes/Grant Michaels/Suzanne Shinn)
Illy – ‘Oh My’ ft. Jenna McDougall (writers: Illy/M-Phazes/Jefferson Wolfe)
Thundamentals – ‘Think About It’ ft. Peta & The Wolves (writers: Jesse Ferris/Morgan Jones/Kevin Kerr/Brendan Tuckerman/Peta Jeffress)
Tkay Maidza – ‘Simulation’ (writers: Tkay Maidza/Jessica Higgs pka George Maple/Luke McKay)

Dance Work of the Year:

Cookin’ on 3 Burners [Lenno vs. CO3B] – ‘Mind Made Up’ ft. Kylie Auldist
Peking Duk – ‘Fake Magic’ ft. AlunaGeorge (writers: Adam Hyde/Reuben Styles/Sam Littlemore/Laure Lowther/Frances Dwji/George Reid)
Peking Duk – ‘Stranger’ ft. Elliphant (writers: Adam Hyde/Reuben Styles/Kaelyn Behr pka Styalz/Elliphant/Daniel Goudie/Ashely Milton)
PNAU – ‘Chameleon’ (writers: Nick Littlemore/Sam Littlemore/Peter Mayes)
Starley – ‘Call On Me’ (Ryan Riback Remix) (writers: Starley Hope/Peter Wadams)

Blues & Roots Work of the Year:

Bernard Fanning – ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ (writer: Bernard Fanning)
Bernard Fanning – ‘Reckless’ (writer: Bernard Fanning)
Busby Marou – ‘Best Part of Me’ (writers: Thomas Busby/Jeremy Marou/Jon Hume)
Busby Marou – ‘Getaway Car’ (writers: Thomas Busby/Jeremy Marou/David Ryan Harris)
Tash Sultana – ‘Jungle’ (writer: Tash Sultana)

Country Work of the Year:

Caitlyn Shadbolt – ‘My Breakup Anthem’ (writers: Caitlyn Shadbolt/Jared Porter)
Kasey Chambers – ‘Ain’t No Little Girl’ (writer: Kasey Chambers)
The McClymonts – ‘Don’t Wish It All Away’ (writers: Brooke McClymont/Mollie McClymont/Samantha McClymont/Lindsey Jackson)
The McClymonts – ‘House’ (writers: Brooke McClymont/Mollie McClymont/Samantha McClymont/Sarah Aaarons)
Morgan Evans – ‘Kiss Somebody’ (writer: Morgan Evans/Chris De Stefano/Josh Osborne)

International Work of the Year:

Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’ (writers: Bruno Mars/Christopher Brown/Philip Lawrence)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – ‘Something Just Like This’ (writers: Andrew Taggart/Chris Martin/Guy Berryman/Jonathan Buckland/William Champion)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Castle On The Hill’ (writers: (Ed Sheeran/Benjamin Levin)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape of You’ (writers: Ed Sheeran/Kevin Briggs/Kandi Burruss/Tameka Cottle/Steven McCutcheon/John McDaid)
Shawn Mendes – ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’ (writers: Shawn Mendes/Scott Friedman/Teddy Geiger/Geoffrey Warbuton)

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