Trifecta for The Kid Laroi inc Song of the Year


A mix of Australian and industry songwriters came together last night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the APRA Music Awardsthe event rewarding talented songwriters and music publishers who achieved success in 15 categories over the past year.

Director General of APRA AMCOS Dean Ormston said: “It has been an absolute joy to celebrate the success and artistry of Australian songwriters who have persevered and kept us entertained and connected over the past two difficult years.

Kid Laroi scored a trifecta at the APRA Music Awards. The 18-year-old won APRA Song of the Year for ‘Stay’, the worldwide hit he co-wrote with justin bieber. Laroi also won the most performed hip-hop/rap work for “Without You”. Then, to cap off an incredible year, the 2021 breakthrough songwriter has now been named Songwriter of the Year.

Kid Laroi said, “Thank you for awarding me Songwriter of the Year. I really appreciate the support and want to quickly thank the fans back home. I’m thrilled to be on my way home and can’t wait to do the end of the world tour with you. I miss you all and will see you soon.

Genesis Owusu was Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. With their songwriting and debut album “Smiling with No Teeth” which received widespread acclaim, Genesis recently won first place in the 2021 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

Tones and me was a double winner for the second consecutive year, score two gongs for two different songs. ‘Fly Away’ was the most performed pop work and his worldwide hit ‘Dance Monkey’ was the most performed Australian work overseas.

Debuting at the APRA Music Awards was John Courtidis, who is now also a two-time winner. It was awarded for Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Dance/Electronic Work forHead & Heart”, the dancefloor anthem hit performed by Joel Corry with MNEK.

The magical musical collaboration between Vance’s Joy and Joel Petit earned them the most performed alternate work for “Missing Piece”, a song inspired by the separation of loved ones due to the pandemic.

The strong songwriting partnership between Matt Corby and Budjerah led to Most Performed R&B/Soul Work Award for “Higher”. It was the first APRA Music Award for Budjerah and Corby.

Another first-time APRA Music Awards winner was Ziggy Alberts, whose songLetting Go” was the most performed Blues & Roots work.

To prove that she is a little country, it was Amy Shark, including the song “Love Songs Ain’t for Us”, (co-written with Ed Sheeran) was the most performed country work.

Still proving they’re a dominating songwriting force, young calf and the end Malcolm Young won the most performed rock work forShot in the Dark” from their 17th studio album “Power Up”.

Legendary children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, accepted the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Music, an honor bestowed by the APRA Board of Directors to recognize a group or individual who has made an enormous contribution to Australian music. The Ted Albert Award was presented to The Wiggles by Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock’s Ross Wilson.

As previously announced, the Graduate of the year prize was awarded to Big big events and TAFE Queensland for their musical citizenship, while “Lasting Lover, written by James Arthur, Bruce Fielder, Lewis Capaldi, Luke Fitton, Benjamin Goldwasser, Jarl Hasselquist, Corey Sanders and Andrew Vanwyngarden was the most performed international work.
APRA Awards Live Performances

Music Director Francois Tetaz hosted the live performances of the night, which included the five peer-voted Song of the Year nominee tributes. Chris Cheney, CM Dallas Woods and Melbourne’s R&B newcomer Kye opened the procedure supporting a mashup of AC DCBack in Black” and “Hoodlum” by Woods and Jerome Farah. Telenova with Mindy Meng Wang carried out Kaiyote Break‘s”Red room”. Singer, songwriter and producer grenpez performed The Kid LAROI’s “Stay,” the peer-voted Song of the Year, while the hard-hitting Hammond Organ Trio Cook on 3 burners in the same way Kylie Audist, Didirri, Jungaji Brady, Dean Brady and Tasman Keith put their touch on “First Nation”, the track composed by Keith with Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil. Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders covered “The Other Black Dog”, written by Genesis Owusu, Michael Di Francesco, Andrew Klippel and Julien Sudek and two-time winner of the 2022 APRA Music Awards Tones and me and the ensemble delivered an unforgettable rendition of “Guided By Angels” by Amyl and the sniffers. And finally, the mighty Hard-Ons with singer Tim Rogers paid a searing tribute to the late, great Chris Bailey with their version of the Bailey and Ed Kuepper “Know Your Product” masterpiece.

the The 2022 APRA Music Awards were hosted by Julia Zemiro, Eddie Perfect and Jerome Farah.

Top photo: Genesis Owusu with double winner Tones And I (Image by Tony Mott)

List of APRA Awards winners

Peer-voted APRA Song of the Year

Title: Stay
Artist: The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
Screenwriters: The Kid Laroi/Justin Bieber*/Isaac De Boni#/Omer Fedi*/Magnus Hoiberg^/Michael Mule#/Charlie Puth+/Subhaan Rahman/Blake Slatkin*

Songwriter of the Year

Kid Laroi
Publisher: Sony Music Publishing

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Screenwriter: Genesis Owusu
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Ourness Songs

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Music

The Wiggles

Most Performed Australian Work

Title: Head and heart
Artist: Joel Corry feat. MNEK
Screenwriters: Jonathan Courtidis#/Joel Corry/Uzoechi Emenike*/Neve Applebaum#/Daniel Dare#/Robert Harvey^/Kashif Siddiqui#/Lewis Thompson+

Most Performed Alternative Work

Title: Missing Piece
Artist: Vance Joy
Writers: Vance Joy/Joel Little*

Most Performed Blues & Roots Work

Title: Letting Go
Artist: Ziggy Alberts
Screenwriter: Ziggy Alberts

Most Performed Country Work

Title: Love Songs Are Not For Us
Artist: Amy Shark with Keith Urban
Writers: Amy Shark/Ed Sheeran*

Dance / Most Performed Electronic Work

Title: Head and heart
Artist: Joel Corry feat. MNEK

Most Performed Hip-Hop/Rap Works

Title: Without You
Artist: The Kid Laroi
Screenwriters: The Kid Laroi/Omer Fedi*/Blake Slatkin*/Billy Walsh*

Most Performed Pop Work

Title: Fly away
Artist: Tones and Me
Screenwriter: Toni Watson

Most Performed R&B/Soul Work

Title: Superior
Artist: Budjerah
Screenwriters: Matt Corby/Budjerah*

Most Performed Rock Work

Title: Shot in the Dark
Artist: AC/DC
Writers: Angus Young/Malcolm Young

Most Performed Australian Work Abroad

Title: dancing monkey
Artist: Tones and Me
Screenwriter: Toni Watson

Most Performed International Work

Title: Lover Who Lasts
Artist: Sigala & James Arthur
Screenwriters: James Arthur^/Bruce Fielder*/Lewis Capaldi+/Luke Fitton^/Benjamin Goldwasser*/Jarl Hasselquist/Corey Sanders#/Andrew Vanwyngarden*

Graduate of the year

TAFE Queensland
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