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Alberts songswriters nominated for 2012 APRA MUSIC AWARDS

Posted on 2 May 2012

Congratulations goes out to Alberts songwriters Wally DeBacker, Mark O'Shea and David Guetta who were announced nominees for the 2012 APRA AWARDS.

Today, APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) announced nine categories that covered a wide spectrum of genres including rock, urban, dance, country, blues and roots, as well as the contenders for the coveted peer-voted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR. The nominees included a roll call of some of Australia’s finest contemporary songwriters.

Being held on Monday 28th May the APRA awards will be celebrating its 30th year. The annual night of nights for Australian songwriters will honour the rich talent of music composers, lyricists and songwriters.

It is no surprise that Gotye (Wally DeBacker) receives a nod for his world-wide number-one smash Somebody That I Used To Know being nominated for Australia’s peer-voted music award, APRA SONG OF THE YEAR*. The track, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide, is taken from his Australian 3 x Platinum-selling album, Making Mirrors . The song has also been nominated for MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK, an award which covers genres of rock, dance and pop.

Golden Guitar winner Mark O’Shea has been nominated for COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR for Meant To Be a song he performs with wife Jay as duo O’SHEA. The song was penned with Grammy Award winner Kim Carnes of Bette Davis Eyes fame.

International songwriter David Guetta’s work with Aussie Sia Furler on Titanium has been acknowledged for DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR** (see eligibility criteria below). Performed and written by French house star David Guetta and Sia Furler with co-writing from Giorgio Tuinfort and Nick Van De Wall (aka Afrojack) this track has seen success with both airplay and sales here in Australia. 

The recipient of the celebrated SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR category and the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC will also be announced on the night. These prestigious awards are determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors. Previous recipients of the SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR include some of Australia’s finest songwriters including Daniel Johns, Julian Hamilton, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Neil Finn and last year’s recipients Angus and Julia Stone.

In addition to the above awards, the winner in the category of MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS will be announced at the gala event on Monday 28th May.

*Eligibility for APRA Song of the Year is determined by:
•All songs written by an APRA member and released in the preceding calendar year are eligible for consideration.
•The song must have been written principally (i.e. minimum 50% share) by an APRA writer member that has their principal residence in Australia.
•The songs are voted by APRA members (songwriters) making this a 100% peer-voted music award.
**Works of the Year categories are based on statistical analysis. Criteria is determined by:
•All songs written by an APRA member and released in the period July 2010 to December 2011 are eligible for consideration.
•The song must have been written principally (i.e. minimum 50% share) by an APRA member that has their principal residence in Australia
*Nominations are derived from broadcast performance activity including radio, television and online.

NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 APRA MUSIC AWARDS
 

  • 1  /  3 'Somebody That I Used to Know' nominated for APRA SONG OF THE YEAR & MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK
  • 2  /  3 'Titanium' nominated for DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR
  • 3  /  3 'Meant To Be' nominated for COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR

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