The 2011 APRA Awards recognise the achievements of outstanding songwriter, composer and publisher members in Popular Contemporary, Art Music and Screen Music. The annual celebration of composers drew an eclectic crew of Australia’s finest tunesmiths to Carriageworks including veteran Jimmy Barnes, Murray Cook from The Wiggles, a glowing Kasey Chambers sporting a baby bump alongside the new generation crew led by Megan Washington, Sarah Blasko, members of Operator Please, and Art Vs Science.
Chris Taylor and Andrew Hanson from The Chaser played host for the ceremony where guests was treated to special performances from artists putting their spin on work by the acts nominated for Song of the Year.
Siblings Angus and Julia Stones nabbed Songwriter of the Year award and Song of the Year for Big Jet Plane at the APRA Music Awards tonight continuing on their ARIAs high late last year. Earlier in the night Angus Stone had accepted the award for Songwriter Of The Year with the comment: “I told my old man I’d either grow weed for a living or make music, and he said don’t be a bloody idiot, you can do both”.
As an aside, it was nice to see Darren Hayes amongst the red carpet attendees. From ex Savage Garden fame and one of the most talented musicians in the country with 10 previous APRA wins. Nearly didn’t recognise him when he came pass and stoked that he was gracious enough to come back to the other end of the media pit so I can get a shot. That said, ditto Claire Bowditch =)
Full gallery of images from the red carpet arrivals can be seen on my Facebook.
Winners of this year’s APRA Music Awards are as follows :
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to music: Paul Kelly
Breakthrough Songwriter: Megan Washington
Most Played Australian Work: Jet – Seventeen
Most Played Australian Work Overseas: AC/DC – Highway To Hell
International Work Of The Year: Train – Hey Soul Sister
Country Work Of The Year: Kasey Chambers – Little Bird
Blues & Roots Work Of The Year: John Butler – Close To You
Urban Work Of The Year: Guy Sebastian – Who’s That Girl
Dance Work Of The Year: Zoe Badwi Free Fallin’
Rock Work Of The Year: Jet – Seventeen
Songwriter Of The Year: Angus and Julia Stone
Song Of The Year: Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane