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Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) takes home 3 APRA Music Awards

Posted on 29 May 2012

Last night marked the 30th anniversary of the APRA (Australian Performing Right Association) MUSIC AWARDS and the night Wally DeBacker (aka Gotye) created more milestones by taking home three awards including the coveted, peer-voted APRA Song of the Year.

Wally’s (and Luiz Bonfa’s) global smash Somebody That I Used To Know (performed by Goyte featuring Kimbra) walked away with the top prize (APRA Song of the Year) and won the category for of Most Played Australian Work.

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors also awarded Wally Songwriter of the Year which was presented by Alberts Head of Creative Services Philip Mortlock.

“In every instance there is evidence of a songwriter with an inquisitive, highly original style. He explores sounds and sonics and creates other worldly music that inspires brilliant music videos and through consistent commitment he has realised the best of both worlds. Originality and commercial success," said Philip Mortlock before presenting Wally his award at the Parkside Ballroom. 

Somebody That I Used To Know  has topped the charts in 11 countries, was number one for eight weeks in Australia and topped Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown, while Gotye also won Single of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Video, Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year at last year's ARIA Awards. Most notably the song which samples Luiz Bonfa’s Seville, hit the coveted number-one spot on the American Billboard chart – a feat not achieved by an Australian artist since Savage Garden in 2000.

Bon Scott and the 2010 APRA Songwriters of the Year Angus and Malcolm Young have won the APRA Award for Most Played Australian Work Overseas for the rock n’ roll classic Highway to Hell.  The song was originally released by AC/DC in 1979 and has now won this award three times (2009 and 2011). 

Widely respected talent agent Mary Lopez was presented with the 2012 Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music.
Mary’s flair for capturing the spirit of Australia through themed productions, huge cast variety spectaculars and ceremonial events is legendary. With her unique talent for bringing together a dazzling range of musical and dramatic performers, Mary is committed to helping young people be the best they can be.

For All the winners go to the APRA/AMCOS website

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