Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala take out top APRA gongs
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Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala take out top APRA gongs

April 6, 2016

Peking Duk and Sia also among artists recognised.

Continuing their great recent runs at awards ceremonies, Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala both picked up top honours at last night’s APRA Awards in Sydney.

Barnett, who won four ARIA Awards at the end of 2015 and recently took out The 11th Australian Music Prize for her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, last night won Songwriter Of The Year.

The award had been won by Sia the last three years. The Adelaide-born artist didn’t walk away empty-handed this year, she took out Most Played Australian Work Overseas for ‘Chandelier’.

Tame Impala leader Kevin Parker took out the coveted Song Of The Year prize for ‘Let It Happen’. It’s the latest gong awarded to Tame Impala and their third album Currents; they won five ARIAs in 2015 and recently won Best International Group at the Brit Awards.

Canberra dance duo Peking Duk won both the Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year awards for their collaboration with Safia, ‘Take Me Over’.

Aussie rock icons Cold Chisel were presented with the Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music by artist Ben Quilty.

Song of the Year

Title:           Let it Happen
Artist:          Tame Impala       
Writer:         Kevin Parker
Publisher:    Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)
 
Songwriter of the Year
 
Writer:        Courtney Barnett   
Publisher:    Native Tongue Music Publishing
 
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
 
Cold Chisel
 
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
 
Writer:        Alex Hope
Publisher:    Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)
 
Overseas Recognition Award

Writer:         Phil Barton
Publisher:    Warner/Chappell Music Australia
 
Most Played Australian Work Overseas
 
Title:           Chandelier
Artist:          Sia
Writers:       Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin
Publisher:    Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)
 
Most Played Australian Work 
 
Title:           Take Me Over
Artist:          Peking Duk feat. Safia    
Writers:       Adam Hyde*/ Reuben Styles* / Styalz Fuego^ / Ben Woolner
Publishers:  Universal Music Publishing*/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)^
 
Country Work of the Year
 
Title:           Spirit of the ANZACs
Artist:          Lee Kernaghan     
Writers:       Lee Kernaghan / Colin Buchanan / Garth Porter*    
Publishers:  Universal Music Publishing / Perfect Pitch Publishing*
          
Blues & Roots Work of the Year
 
Title:            Days of Gold
Artist:           Busby Marou        
Writers:        Thomas Busby / Phil Barton* / Lindsay Rimes
Publishers:   Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) / Warner/Chappell Music Australia
 
Dance Work of the Year
 
Title:            Take Me Over
Artist:           Peking Duk feat. Safia    
Writers:        Adam Hyde*/ Reuben Styles* / Styalz Fuego^ / Ben Woolner
Publishers:    Universal Music Publishing*/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)^
 
Rock Work of the Year
 
Title:           Anchor
Artist:          Birds of Tokyo
Writers:       Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher:    Mushroom Music
 
Pop Work of the Year
 
Title:            Do You Remember
Artist:           Jarryd James
Writers:        Jarryd James / Joel Little
Publishers:    Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)
 
Urban Work of the Year
 
Title:            Cosby Sweater
Artist:           Hilltop Hoods
Writers:        DJ Debris / MC Pressure / Suffa / Demitris Christopoulos* /John Kelman*
Publishers:    Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia) / J Albert and Son*
 
International Work of the Year
 
Title:           Uptown Funk
Artist:          Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Writers:       Jeffrey Bhasker* / Devon Gallaspy* / Philip Lawrence^ / Bruno Mars+ / Mark Ronson~ / Lonnie Simmons# / Rudy Taylor# / Nicholaus Williams~ / Charlie Wilson# / Robert Wilson# Ronnie Wilson#
Publishers:   Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Australia)* / Universal/MCA Music Publishing^ / Warner/Chappell Music Australia+ / Native Tongue Music Publishing~ / New Songs Administration Australia#

Photo: APRA/Tony Mott