The largest takeaways at the APRA Music Awards 2021

WORDS FROM CHLOE KARIS

Tones and I won the 2021 APRA Music Awards while The Kid LAROI became the youngest ever winner.

The APRA Awards took place last night at the Sydney International Convention Center, hosted by Julia Zemiro, Ziggy Ramo and Georgia Mooney.

What you need to know

  • Tame Impala, Midnight Oil, Tones & I and The Kid LAROI were the biggest winners on the physical return of the APRA Awards overnight in Sydney.
  • The Kid LAROI now becomes the youngest APRA winner in history after winning Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.
  • Other winners are The Rubens, The Teskey Brothers, Morgan Evans and Busby Marou.

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It’s no surprise after the successful year The Kid LAROI had with his 2020 album F * CK LOVE (Savage) and his single ‘WITHOUT YOU’ that the 17-year-old artist won Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.

This is The Kid LAROI’s first nomination and award for APRA Music. This makes him the youngest winner. He thanked APRA, his team and management as well as the fans in Australia: “I love you very, very much and I can’t wait to come back.

Another unsurprising winner was Kevin Parker, aka Tame Impala, who won songwriter of the year for The Slow Rush, which he wrote, produced, recorded and mixed himself.

The win follows last year’s ARIA Awards 2020, where Kevin Parker received five awards including album of the year, best band and best engineer.

Producer Mark Ronson video streamed the award to Kevin at the event, stating that his associate and occasional DJ partner “is really a fantastic songwriter. It’s great to see he’s getting the recognition he deserves tonight. Thank you APRA for having me. “

Last year Tones and I won the awards, and yesterday evening she won two awards again and for her song “Never Seen the Rain”, which already has over 300 million Spotify streams, “Most Performed Australian Work” and “Most Performed Pop Work “taken home.

Rob Hirst, Joel Davison and Bunna Lawries song ‘Gadigal Land’, Midnight Oil’s first single in 17 years, won one of the night’s biggest awards, Peer-Voted Song of the Year. The song is part of the Makarrata Project, a collaboration with indigenous artists that debuted at number 1 on the ARIA album charts last year.

Other winners of the night were Youngn Lipz for the most played hip hop / rap work for ‘Misunderstood’; The Rubens who won the most played alternative work for “Live in Life”; The Teskey Brothers Win Most-Played R&B / Soul Work for ‘Rain’; Busby Marou, who won Most Performed Blues & Roots Work for “Over Drinking Over You”; Morgan Evans, Most Performed Country Work for Diamonds, and Dean Lewis; Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for his 2018 song ‘Be Alright’.


Check out the full list of APRA Music Award 2021 winners below

Peer Voted APRA Song of the Year: ‘Gadigal Land’ – Midnight Oil feat. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs and Bunna Lawrie

Songwriter of the Year: Kevin Parker

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year: The Kid LAROI (Charlton Howard)

2021 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music: Joy McKean

2020 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Music: Helen Reddy

Most played Australian work: “Never seen the rain” – Tones and me

Most frequently performed alternative work: ‘Live in Life’ – The Rubens

Most played blues & roots work: “About Drinking About You” – Busby Marou

Most performed farm work: ‘Diamonds’ – Morgan Evans

Most played dance work: ‘Rushing Back’ – Flume feat. Vera Blue

Most played hip hop / rap work: ‘Misunderstood’ – Youngn Lipz

Most played R&B / soul work: ‘Rain’ – The Teskey Brothers

Most played pop work: ‘Never seen the rain’ – Tones and me

Most Played Rock Work: ‘Bringing the Band Back Together’ – Cold Chisel

Most played Australian work overseas: ‘Be Alright’ – Dean Lewis

Most played international work: “Don’t start now” – Dua Lipa

Visit the APRA website for more information.