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

Written by Tom Williams on 13th April, 2018

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

The 2018 APRA Music Awards have been dominated by the likes of rap duo A.B. Original, electro boys Peking Duk, producer M-Phazes and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

Taking place in Sydney on Tuesday night, the annual awards saw A.B. Original (Briggs and Trials) become the first hip-hop act to claim the Songwriter Of The Year award, following their debut album Reclaim Australia.

Paul Kelly claimed Song Of The Year for ‘Firewood And Candles’, while M-Phazes took home awards for his songwriting work on Amy Shark’s ‘Adore’ (Pop Work of the Year) and Illy’s ‘Catch 22’ (Urban Work of the Year).

Peking Duk also claimed two awards, with their song ‘Stranger’ taking out Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year.

Birds Of Tokyo claimed Rock Work of the Year for ‘Brace’, while Midnight Oil accepted the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

View the full list of this year’s winners and nominees, below.

2018 APRA Awards

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) — WINNER

Songwriter of the Year

A.B. Original (Briggs & Trials)

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year:

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

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) — WINNER
PNAU – ‘Chameleon’ (writers: Nick Littlemore/Sam Littlemore/Peter Mayes)
Starley – ‘Call On Me’ (Ryan Riback Remix) (writers: Starley Hope/Peter Wadams)

Overseas Recognition Award

Ben Abraham (and) Kylie Sackley

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music

Midnight Oil

Pop Work of the Year:

Amy Shark – ‘Adore’ (writers: Amy Shark/M-Phazes) — WINNER
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) — WINNER
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) — WINNER
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) — WINNER
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) — WINNER
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) — WINNER

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) — WINNER
Shawn Mendes – ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’ (writers: Shawn Mendes/Scott Friedman/Teddy Geiger/Geoffrey Warbuton)

Most Played Australian Work Overseas

Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills’

Licensee of the Year

Settlers Tavern (Rob and Karen Gough)

Photo: Tony Mott


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