Midnight Oil, Lime Cordiale + more nominated for 2021 APRA Music Awards
29.03.2021

Midnight Oil, Lime Cordiale + more nominated for 2021 APRA Music Awards

Words by Will Brewster

Spotlighting the songcraft of some of Australia's most prolific local talents.

APRA AMCOS has today shared its shortlist of 2021 nominees for the coveted APRA Music Awards, showcasing the best-performing songs from Australian and New Zealand artists over the past twelve months.

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Set to go down on April 28 at Sydney’s International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom, this year’s roster of nominees holds up as one of the most diverse lists from APRA AMCOS to date, encompassing everything from hip-hop and blues & roots through to rock, soul, dance and country.

This year’s ceremony will also mark the first time APRA will be recognising acts under the categories Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work and Most Performed R&B / Soul Work, replacing the incredibly outdated and limiting category of Most Performed Urban Work.

Leading the pack for the peer-voted APRA Song of the Year for 2021 is none other than Midnight Oil with ‘Gadigal Land’, their first single in over 17 years, as well as Tim Minchin and Missy Higgins for ‘Carry You’, Guy Sebastian’s ‘Standing With You’, Amy Shark for ‘Everybody Rise’ and Kevin Parker for his work as Tame Impala on ‘Lost In Yesterday’.

Acts with multiple nominations include The Rubens, Flume, Tones & I, Lime Cordiale and Miiesha, while Tash Sultana, Mallrat, Cold Chisel and The Amity Affliction have also received nods.

Check out the shortlist in full below, and reacquaint yourself with last year’s winners here.

2021 APRA Music Awards

Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year

Missy Higgins Carry You

Writer: Tim Minchin

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Writers: Amy Shark / Joel Little

Midnight Oil feat. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs & Bunna Lawrie – Gadigal Land

Writers: Joel Davison / Rob Hirst / Bunna Lawrie

Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday

Writer: Kevin Parker

Guy Sebastian – Standing With You

Writers: Guy Sebastian / Jamie Hartman / Greg Holden

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Charlton Howard aka The Kid LAROI

Grace Shaw aka Mallrat

Miiesha Young aka Miiesha

Louis & Oli Leimbach (Lime Cordiale)

Thelma Plum

Most Performed Australian Work

Dua Lipa – Break My Heart

Writers: Andrew Farriss / Michael Hutchence / Dua Lipa / Jordan Johnson / Stefan Johnson / Ali Tamposi / Andrew Watt

The Rubens – Live In Life

Writers: Scott Baldwin / Elliott Margin / Sam Margin / Zaac Margin / William Zeglis

Tones & I – Never Seen The Rain

Writer: Toni Watson

Flume feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back

Writers: Harley Streten / Celia Pavey / Eric Dubowsky / Sophie Cates

Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis – Used To Love

Writers: Dean Lewis / Martijn Garritsen / Kristoffer Fogelmark / Albin Nedler

Most Performed Alternative Work

The Rubens – Live In Life

Writers: Scott Baldwin / Elliott Margin / Sam Margin / Zaac Margin / William Zeglis

Tame Impala – Lost in Yesterday

Writer: Kevin Parker

Lime Cordiale – Robbery

Writers: Louis Leimbach / Oli Leimbach / Shane Abrahams / Daniel Choder / Jonathan Pakfar

DMA’S – Silver

Writers: Matt Mason / Tommy O’Dell / Johnny Took / Thomas Crandles / Joel Flyger / Liam Hoskins

Birds Of Tokyo – Two Of Us

Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston

Most Performed Blues & Roots Work

Ash Grunwald feat. The Teskey Brothers – Ain’t My Problem

Writer: Ash Grunwald

Dope Lemon – Give Me Honey

Writer: Angus Stone

Busby Marou – Over Drinking Over You

Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / Ivy Adara / Jon Hume / Lindsey Jackson

Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady

Writers: Tash Sultana / Matt Corby / Dann Hume

Ziggy Alberts – Together

Writer: Ziggy Alberts

Most Performed Country Work

Casey Barnes – A Little More

Writers: Casey Barnes / Michael Delorenzis / Michael Paynter

Morgan Evans – Diamonds

Writers: Morgan Evans / Evan Bogart / Chris de Stefano

Brad Cox – Give Me Tonight

Writers: Brad Cox / Joseph Mungovan

The McClymonts – I Got This

Writers: Brooke McClymont / Mollie McClymont / Samantha McClymont / Andy Mak

Melanie Dyer – Memphis T-Shirt

Writers: Melanie Dyer / Emma-Lee / Karen Kosowski

Most Performed Dance Work

PNAU feat. Ollie Gabriel – All Of Us

Writers: Nick Littlemore / Sam Littlemore / Peter Mayes / Oli Gabriel

Joel Corry & MNEK – Head & Heart

Writers: Jonathan Courtidis / Neav Applebaum / Joel Corry / Daniel Dare / Robert Harvey / MNEK / Kasif Siddiqui / Lewis Thompson

Flume feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back

Writers: Harley Streten / Celia Pavey / Eric Dubowsky / Sophie Cates

Dom Dolla – San Frandisco

Writer: Dominic Matheson

Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis – Used To Love

Writers: Dean Lewis / Martijn Garritsen / Kristoffer Fogelmark / Albin Nedler

Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work

Day1 –  Boss

Writers: Bailey Rawiri / Tuhi Montell

No Money Enterprise – German

Writer: Junior Leaupepe

Hilltop Hoods – I’m Good?

Writers: Barry Francis (DJ Debris) / Matthew Lambert (Suffa) / Daniel Smith (Pressure) / Paul Bartlett / John Bartlett

ONEFOUR – In The Beginning

Writers: Spencer Magalogo / Jerome Misa / Pio Misa / Salec Su’a

Youngn Lipz – Misunderstood

Writer: Filipo Faaoloii

Most Performed R&B / Soul Work

Becca Hatch – 2560

Writers: Becca Hatch / Maribelle Anes / Jamie Muscat / Willie Tafa / Solo Tohi

Winston Surfshirt – Nobodylikeyou

Writers: Jack Hambling / Lachlan McAllister / Brett Ramson

The Teskey Brothers – Rain

Writers: Josh Teskey / Sam Teskey / Liam Gough / Brendan Love

Milan Ring – Say To Me

Writers: Milan Ring / Blessed Joe-Andah

Miiesha – Twisting Words

Writers: Miiesha Young / Stephen Collins / Mohamed Komba

Most Performed Pop Work

Dua Lipa – Break My Heart

Writers: Andrew Farriss / Michael Hutchence / Dua Lipa / Jordan Johnson / Stefan Johnson / Ali Tamposi / Andrew Watt

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Writers: Amy Shark / Joel Little

Guy Sebastian – Let Me Drink

Writers: Guy Sebastian / M-Phazes / Olubowale Akintimehin

Tones & I – Never Seen The Rain

Writer: Toni Watson

Jessica Mauboy – Selfish

Writers: Jessica Mauboy / Antonio Egizii / Isabella Kearney-Nurse / David Musumeci

Most Performed Rock Work

Wolfmother feat Chris Cester – Chase The Feeling

Writers: Andrew Stockdale / Chris Cester / Jason Hill

Cold Chisel – Getting The Band Back Together

Writer: Don Walker

Spacey Jane – Good For You

Writers: Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu / Caleb Harper / Kieran Lama / Peppa Lane

Hockey Dad – I Missed Out

Writers: Will Fleming / Zach Stephenson

The Amity Affliction – Soak Me In Bleach

Writers: Joel Birch / Ahren Stringer / Daniel Brown / Joseph Longobardi

Most Performed International Work

Harry Styles – Adore You

Writers: Harry Styles / Amy Allen / Thomas Hull / Tyler Johnson

Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go

Writers: Lewis Capaldi / Thomas Barnes / Peter Kelleher / Benjamin Kohn / Philip Plested

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Writers: Abel Tesfaye / Ahmad Balshe / Oscar Holter / Max Martin / Jason Quenneville

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Writers: Dua Lipa / Caroline Ailin / Ian Kirkpatrick / Emily Schwartz

Maroon 5 – Memories

Writers: Adam Levine / Jonathan Bellion / Vincent Ford / Jacob Hindlin / Jordan Johnson / Stefan Johnson / Michael Pollack

Find out more over at the APRA AMCOS website today.