The APRA Music Awards 2016 honoured artists such as Courtney Barnett, Sia, Tame Impala, Peking Duk, and others in a glittering ceremony that took place in Sydney yesterday night.
The APRA Music Awards 2016 ceremony, which took place at Carriageworks Sydney, announced the winners across various categories. Songwriter Courtney Barnett bagged the Songwriter of the Year award. Barnett already has a Grammy nomination as the Best New Artist to her credit. Sydney Morning Herald explains that her APRA win has only added to her list of laurels which include four ARIA Awards to date and the Australian Music Prize for her debut album called “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.”
ABC News states that her win has ended Sia’s winning streak in the category. Sia has won three consecutive Songwriter of the Year awards so far. However, the singer with the famous hair took home the Most Played Australian Work Overseas award.
Perth band Tame Impala too went home with a trophy. They received a Song of the Year gong for their track “Let it Happen.” Sydney Morning Herald informs that this is a second APRA win for Tame Impala. Additionally, the band has won a BRIT Award, five ARIAs and has a Grammy nomination to its credit.
Frontman Kevin Parker revealed that the win was a relief of sorts. “When you do something good and people commend you for it, you worry that it’s the last time you’re going to do something great,” he said. “It’s such a relief that it’s not the last time,” he added.
According to their release, APRA 2016 introduced a new category called The Overseas Recognition Award. It was awarded to Phil Barton from a group of nominees that included Josef Salvat, Kylie Sackley, Sam Dixon and Vassy.
Other winners include Peking Duk for Dance Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work. Alex Hope won the gong for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. On the other hand, Cold Chisel received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. Meanwhile, Thomas Busby, Lindsay Rimes picked the Overseas Recognition Award and Jarryd James and Joel Little took home the Pop Work of the Year.