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Sheppard, Dan Sultan Lead 2015 APRA Award Nominations

The full nominations for the 2015 Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Music Awards have been announced with Brisbane band Sheppard capping off a huge year by picking up four nominations, trailed by Sia, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Dan Sultan who received three each.

It’s a strong field in 2014, with a number of artists having also enjoyed huge international success. Both Sia and 5 Seconds of Summer achieved the mighty feat of a number one album in the US while Sheppard’s Geronimo reached the top ten in many countries across Europe.

The big one, Song of the Year, has been whittled down from an initial shortlist of 24 to just five. Up for the top gong is country legend Kasey Chambers for Bittersweet, bluesy rocker Dan Sultan for Kimberley Calling, The Veronicas for their number one hit You Ruin Me, International pop queen Sia for Chandelier and newcomers Sheppard for Geronimo.

Watch clips of the songwriters discussing their work below.

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year is a particularly strong category, highlighting the mighty strength of Australia’s new crop of artists. Chet Faker, 5 Seconds of Summer, The Preatures, Sheppard, M-Phazes and Troye Sivan have all been recognised.

It’s a pretty impressive list of “newcomers”, given that many have already achieved great things. YouTube sensation Troye Sivan hit the top 10 around the world with his EP TRXYE, M-Phazes won a Grammy for his work with Eminem and 5 Seconds of Summer have, of course, covered teenage girls’ bedroom walls around the world.

Two special awards for Songwriter of the Year and the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services To Australian Music will be awarded on the night to as-yet-unannounced recipients. There will also be an award for the Most Played Australian Work Overseas.

Check out all the nominees below.

Watch: Song of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Song of the Year

Title: Bittersweet

Artist: Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning

Writers: Kasey Chambers* and Bernard Fanning

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Title: Chandelier

Artist: Sia

Writers: Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin (ASCAP)

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Geronimo

Artist: Sheppard

Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Empire of Songs (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Kimberley Calling

Artist: Dan Sultan

Writer: Dan Sultan

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: You Ruin Me

Artist: The Veronicas

Writers: Anthony Egizii* / David Musumeci* / Jessica Origliasso / Lisa Origliasso

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Watch: Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Writer: Chet Faker

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Writers: Isabella Manfredi, Jack Mofitt, Gideon Bensen, Thomas Champion & Luke Davison (The Preatures)

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Writers: Jason Bovino, Amy Sheppard & George Sheppard (Sheppard)

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Empire of Songs (Australia) Pty Ltd

Writer: M-Phazes

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Writers: Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood & Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer)

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) P/L

Writer: Troye Sivan

Watch: Most Played Australian Work – 2014 APRA Nominees

Title: Chandelier

Artist: Sia

Writers: Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin (ASCAP)

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Geronimo

Artist: Sheppard

Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Empire of Songs (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Like A Drum

Artist: Guy Sebastian

Writers: Guy Sebastian / David Harris (BMI)*/ Romain Lorenzo (BMI)^ / Samuel Martin (ASCAP)~

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd / Peace Pourage Music* / Warner/Chappell Music

Australia Pty Ltd obo Quinleez Music and Artist 101 Publishing Group^/ Warner/Chappell

Music Australia Pty Ltd obo Sam Martin Music Publishing and Artist Publishing Group West~

Title: She Looks So Perfect

Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer

Writers: Michael Clifford / Ashton Irwin / Jacob Sinclair (BMI)*

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo BMG Chrysalis*

Title: Swing (Joel Fletcher Remix)

Artist: Joel Fletcher feat. Savage

Writers: Joel Fletcher Allan* / Demetrius Savelio / Nathan Holmes / Aaron Ngawhika

Publishers: 120 Publishing Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Dawn Raid Music Ltd

Watch: Blues and Roots Work of the Year

Blues and Roots Work of the Year

Title: Dulcify

Artist: Halfway

Writers: John Busby / Christopher Dale / Liam Fitzpatrick / Noel Fitzpatrick / Elwin Hawtin / Benjamin

Johnson / Luke Peacock / John Willsteed

Publishers: Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Plus One Records

Title: Get Home

Artist: Angus & Julia Stone

Writers: Angus Stone and Julia Stone

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Heart Beats Slow

Artist: Angus & Julia Stone

Writers: Angus Stone and Julia Stone

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Livin’ In The City

Artist: John Butler Trio

Writer: John Butler

Publishers: Family Music Pty Ltd / J Albert & Son Pty Ltd

Title: Window To The Sky

Artist: Kim Churchill

Writer: Kim Churchill

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Watch: Country Work of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Country Work of the Year

Title: Freedom Rebels

Artist: Adam Brand

Writers: Adam Brand / Barry Dean* (BMI) / Troy Verges^ (BMI)

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd / Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia obo

Barrytones* / Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Songs from the Engine Room^

Title: Give Her The World

Artist: Adam Eckersley Band

Writers: Adam Eckersley / Danelle Leverett* (ASCAP) / Jason Reeves* (ASCAP)

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd*

Title: Going Under (Didn’t Have To)

Artist: The McClymonts

Writers: Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Lindsay Rimes

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Here’s To You And I

Artist: The McClymonts

Writers: Stuart Crichton* / Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont

Publishers: Native Tongue Music Publishing* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: One Eye For An Eye

Artist: Morgan Evans

Writers: Morgan Evans and Mark Wells

Watch: Dance Work of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Dance Work of the Year

Title: Braveheart

Artist: Neon Jungle

Writers: Cassie Davis and Sean Mullins

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title: Drop The Game

Artist: Flume & Chet Faker

Writers: Flume & Chet Faker*

Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Future Classic Pty Ltd / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Title: High

Artist: Peking Duk Feat. Nicole Millar

Writers: Adam Hyde / Sam Littlemore*/ Nicole Millar / Reuben Styles

Publisher: 120 Publishing Pty Ltd*

Title: Swing (Joel Fletcher Remix)

Artist: Joel Fletcher feat. Savage

Writers: Joel Fletcher Allan* / Demetrius Savelio / Nathan Holmes / Aaron Ngawhika

Publishers: 120 Publishing Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Dawn Raid Music Ltd

Title: Tear It Down

Artist: The Aston Shuffle

Writers: Kaelyn Behr (pka Styalz Fuego) / Mikah Freeman*/ Vance Musgrove*/ Amanda Ghost (PRS)

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*

Watch: Pop Work of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Pop Work of the Year

Title: Borrow My Heart

Artist: Taylor Henderson

Writers: Alex Hope / Louis Schoorl* / Hayley Warner^

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro (Australia) Pty Ltd / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*/

Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Chandelier

Artist: Sia

Writers: Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin (ASCAP)

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Geronimo

Artist: Sheppard

Writers: Jason Bovino / Amy Sheppard / George Sheppard

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Empire of Songs (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Like A Drum

Artist: Guy Sebastian

Writers: Guy Sebastian / David Harris (BMI)*/ Romain Lorenzo (BMI)^ / Samuel Martin (ASCAP)~

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd / Peace Pourage Music* / Warner/Chappell Music

Australia Pty Ltd obo Quinleez Music and Artist 101 Publishing Group^/ Warner/Chappell

Music Australia Pty Ltd obo Sam Martin Music Publishing and Artist Publishing Group West~

Title: She Looks So Perfect

Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer

Writers: Michael Clifford / Ashton Irwin / Jacob Sinclair (BMI)*

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo BMG Chrysalis*

Watch: Rock Work of the Year – 2015 APRA Nominees

Rock Work of the Year

Title: Love You Deserve

Artist: Stonefield

Writers: Amy Findlay / Hannah Findlay / Holly Findlay / Sarah Findlay

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Sucker Punch

Artist: Kingswood

Writer: Alexander Laska

Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Title: The End

Artist: The Jezabels

Writers: Nikolas Kaloper / Samuel Lockwood / Hayley Mary / Heather Shannon

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: The Same Man

Artist: Dan Sultan

Writers: Pip Norman and Dan Sultan

Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Under Your Skin

Artist: Dan Sultan

Writers: Alexander Burnett* / Pip Norman / Dan Sultan

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Ivy League Music* / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Watch: Urban Work of the Year – 2015 Nominees

Urban Work of the Year

Title: Live It Up

Artist: 360 feat. Pez

Writers: 360* / Kaelyn Behr (pka Styalz Fuego)^ / Pez / Dennis Dowlut / Nicholas Martin

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd* / Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd^

Title: My Life

Artist: Bliss n Eso feat. Ceekay Jones

Writers: Max MacKinnon*/ Jonathan Notley*/ Matthew Kirk (BMI) / Nigel Kirk (BMI) / Ebony West

(BMI)^

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd* / Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd obo Runway Star Music

Publishing and WB Music Corp^

Title: Price Of Fame

Artist: 360 feat. Gossling

Writers: 360 and Kaelyn Behr (pka Styalz Fuego)*

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd / Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd*

Title: Tightrope

Artist: Illy feat. Scarlett Stevens

Writers: Illy and M-Phazes*

Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo We Are Unified Pty Ltd / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Title: Won’t Let You Down

Artist: The Hilltop Hoods feat Maverick Sabre

Writers: Barry Francis / Matthew Lambert / Daniel Smith / James Diamond (PRS)*/ Tony Hymas

(PRS)^/ Cameron Ludik# / Michael Stafford(PRS)

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Diamond Brothers Music*/ Warner/Chappell

Music Australia Pty Ltd obo Heatpar Ltd of Fairview Cottage^ / Universal Music Publishing Pty

Ltd#

Watch: International Work of the Year – 2015 Nominees

International Work of the Year

Title: Happy

Artist: Pharrell Williams

Writer: Pharrell Williams

Publishers: Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Universal Pictures Music and Sony/ATV Music

Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd

Title: Rather Be

Artist: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Writers: Grace Chatto / Nicole Marshall / James Napier* / Jack Patterson

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Salli

Isaak Songs Ltd*

Title: Rude

Artist: Magic!

Writers: Nasri Atweh / Adam Messinger* / Mark Pellizzer^ / Ben Spivak# / Alexander Tanasijczuk~

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia P/L obo

Messy Music* / Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Mark Pelli Music Inc^ / Kobalt

Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Kobalt Music Services America Inc# / Mushroom Music

Pty Ltd obo BMG Chrysalis~

Title: Stay With Me

Artist: Sam Smith

Writers: Jeffrey Lynne / James Napier* / Tom Petty^ / William Phillips# / Sam Smith

Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) Pty Ltd / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Salli

Isaak Songs Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Gone Gator Music^ / Universal

Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Method Paperwork Ltd#

Title: The Monster

Artist: Eminem feat Rihanna

Writers: Marshall Mathers* / Maki Athanasiou / Jonathan Bellion^ / Robyn Fenty# / Bryan Fryzel~ /

Aaron Kleinstub` / Bleta Rexha+

Publishers: Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd Obo Shroom Shady Music* / J Albert and Son Pty

Ltd obo Art In The Fodder Music and Songs of a Beautiful Mind^ / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

(Australia) Pty Ltd# / Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo Freq Show Music~ /

Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo BMG Chrysalis` / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo BMG Chrysalis+

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