The awards ceremony, which took place in Melbourne overnight to acknowledge the heavy hitters behind the scenes of Australia’s music industry saw Aarons receive the coveted Songwriter Of The Year award for her songwriting contributions on the Grammy nominated smash hit ‘The Middle,’ originally released by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.
Aarons, who now lives in LA and has worked with the likes of Khalid, John Legend, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello, also received awards for Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year for ‘The Middle,’ as well as an award for Rock Work of the Year for her contributions on The Rubens’ Never Ever.
Elsewhere, the omnipresent Amy Shark was awarded APRA’s peer-voted Song of the Year and Pop Work of the Year for ‘I Said Hi,’ while Dean Lewis received honours for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year and the Outstanding International Achievement Award for ‘Be Alright.’ The full list of winners, including Sia, Angus & Julia Stone and 5 Seconds Of Summer, can be found below.
2019 APRA Music Awards – Winners List
Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year: ‘I Said Hi’ – Amy Shark
Songwriter of the Year: Sarah Aarons
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year: Dean Lewis
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music: Rob Potts
Overseas Recognition Award: Lindsay Rimes
Outstanding International Achievement Award: ‘Youngblood’ – 5 Seconds of Summer
Outstanding International Achievement Award: ‘Be Alright’ – Dean Lewis
Most Played Australian Work: ‘The Middle’ – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Dance Work of the Year: ‘The Middle’ – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Rock Work of the Year: ‘Never Ever’ – The Rubens feat. Sarah
Pop Work of the Year: ‘I Said Hi’ – Amy Shark
Urban Work of the Year: ‘Clark Griswold’ – Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle
Country Work of the Year: ‘Day Drunk’ – Morgan Evans
Blues & Roots Work of the Year: ‘Chateau’ – Angus & Julia Stone
Most Played Australian Work Overseas: ‘Cheap Thrills’ – Sia
Licensee of the Year: Clancy’s Fish Pub, WA
International Work of the Year: ‘Perfect’ – Ed Sheeran
Find out more about the APRA Music Awards here.