The 2008 APRA Music Awards cap off a remarkable year for Silverchair's DANIEL JOHNS who scored the big trifecta at the Australian songwriter's night of nights. In what has become Australia's most prestigious peer voted award, Straight Lines, a song that was written by JOHNS (with Julian Hamilton from The Presets) and performed by SILVERCHAIR, was named the APRA SONG OF THE YEAR . Straight Lines was also declared APRA's (Australasian Performing Right Association) MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK for dominating the nation's airwaves since its release as the first single from Silverchair's 5th album Young Modern in March 2007.
DANIEL JOHNS was also named the APRA SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR for the third time. He was previously bestowed this honour in 2003 (for his work on Diorama) and also in 1995 (jointly with Silverchair's Ben Gillies). This acknowledgement, which recognises his unique songwriting talent, makes him the ONLY songwriter in the history of the APRA Music Awards to receive the distinction of APRA SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR three times.
SALLY SELTMANN (aka New Buffalo), who was also nominated in the APRA SONG OF THE YEAR category for her co-composition of the joyous pop song 1234 (performed by Canadian artist FEIST ) was named the BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors. With her poetic lyrics and dreamy vocals, SELTMANN's sparkling pop soundscapes have captured the ear of fans and critics across the world.
Meanwhile dance pop act ROGUE TRADERS have won their second APRA Award in the category of DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR for In Love Again. ROGUE TRADERS won the APRA Award in this category in 2006. Three first time winners have emerged at the 2008 APRA Music Awards . In the category of URBAN WORK OF THE YEAR, R&B pop singer JADE MACRAE has taken out honours for In The Basement. TROY CASSAR DALEY has won his first APRA award for COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR for Everything's Going to be Alright , a song he co-wrote with Don Walker. And composer KENNETH SCHRODER has received the award for JAZZ WORK OF THE YEAR for the song Eucalypso, performed by The Moovin' and Groovin' Orchestra.
JOHN BUTLER has also received his third APRA Award, this year receiving the award in the category of BLUES AND ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR for the funked up track Good Excuse. And rock trio WOLFMOTHER has won the APRA Award for MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS for the enduring, hi-octane Woman.
The 2008 APRA Music Awards was hosted by the irreverent JONATHAN BIGGINS and featured special performances by PETE MURRAY & THE AUDREYS, SALLY SELTMANN, IAN MOSS, KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, CUSTOM KINGS, RICHARD CLAPTON and ARCHIE ROACH who along with SHANE HOWARD performed a musical tribute to the much loved SMOKY DAWSON.
Special guest presenters at the 2008 APRA Music Awards were PAUL MAC, JULIAN HAMILTON, KATALYST, DYLAN LEWIS, KRAM, URTHBOY, THE MCCLYMONTS, MARCIA HINES, PAUL MCDERMOTT, The Hon PETER GARRETT AM, MP and music promoter MICHAEL COPPEL who paid tribute to artist manager ROGER DAVIES, recipient of the 2008 TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC.
APRA Music Awards television partner MAX screen a one-hour TV special - They Write The Songs that will feature interviews and performances from the 2008 event. They Write The Songs will broadcast exclusively on MAX, 8:30pm Monday 30 June. MAX is available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.
APRA would like to heartily congratulate all the winners and nominated composers of the 2008 APRA Music Awards. We'll see you next year!