Check out all the nominees for the 2020 APRA Music Awards

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Check out all the nominees for the 2020 APRA Music Awards

Of course, there’s some pretty predictable inclusions in this year’s list: as to be expected, there’s plenty of Tones And I, who’s up for four nominations for the mega-smash ‘Dance Monkey’. Given the amount of ARIA Chart records that track broke, we’re predicting she’s going to sweep this ceremony. 



Elsewhere, The Teskey Brothers have also picked up a bunch of nominations for ‘I Get Up’, while Guy Sebastian is also listed three times for his track ‘Church.’ There’s also nods to Thelma Plum, Hilltop Hoods, Sampa The Great, Dean Lewis, John Butler, Polish Club, Matt Corby and Tash Sultana to round out a who’s who of the Australian music industry. Weirdly enough, it also seems that APRA are continuing to lump artists into the extremely outdated and problematic ‘Urban’ category for this year’s awards – lame. 


In a statement accompanying the announcement, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston applauded the efforts of those working behind the scenes in the music industry, saying “Our songwriters give us so much – they contribute enormously to our economic and cultural wealth, and in a world of self-isolation, never has the comfort, poignancy, or uplift of a song been more important!”



Suss out all the nominees below. This year’s awards are set to be live-streamed on Tuesday May 26, so be sure to tune in.



Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Thelma Plum – Better In Blak

Guy Sebastian – Choir

Tones & I – Dance Monkey

The Teskey Brothers – I Get Up

5 Seconds Of Summer – Teeth


Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year


Sampa The Great

Thelma Plum

Liam Gough, Brendon Love, Josh Teskey & Sam Teskey, (The Teskey Brothers)

Tones And I


Most Performed Australian Work

Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes

Guy Sebastian – Choir

Tones & I – Dance Monkey

Birds of Tokyo – Good Lord

KIAN – Waiting


Most Performed Alternative Work

The Rubens – God Forgot

Birds Of Tokyo – Good Lord

Matt Corby – Miracle Love

Gretta Ray – Radio Silence

KIAN – Waiting


Most Performed Blues & Roots Work

Tash Sultana – Blackbird

The Teskey Brothers – I Get Up

John Butler Trio – Just Call

Ziggy Alberts – Laps Around The Sun

Busby Marou – Sound Of Summer


Most Performed Country Work

Lee Kernaghan – Backroad Nation

Maren Morris – Girl

Travis Collins – Happy

Seaforth – Love That

Troy Cassar-Daley – Wouldn’t Change A Thing

Morgan Evans – Young Again


Most Performed Dance Work

Hayden James feat. Running Touch – Better Together

PNAU feat. Kira Divine & Marques Toliver – Solid Gold

Peking Duk feat. Jack River – Sugar

Dom Dolla – Take It

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Treat You Better


Most Performed Pop Work

Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes

Amy Shark – All Loved Up

Guy Sebastian – Choir

Tones & I – Dance Monkey

Katy Perry – Never Really Over


Most Performed Rock Work

Polish Club – Clarity

Ruby Fields – Dinosaurs

Slowly Slowly – Jellyfish

Jimmy Barnes feat. Troy Cassar-Daley – Shutting Down Our Town

The Living End – Otherside


Most Performed Urban Work

Baker Boy – Cool As Hell

Hilltop Hoods feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal – Exit Sign

Hilltop Hoods – Leave Me Lonely

Illy – Then What

Triple One – Butter


Most Performed International Work

Marshmello feat. Bastille – Happier

Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower


Head to the APRA AMCOS website to find out more about this year’s nominees.