‘Amplifying the entirety of Australia’s musical brilliance’: 2024 APRA Music Awards winners announced

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‘Amplifying the entirety of Australia’s musical brilliance’: 2024 APRA Music Awards winners announced

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Troye Sivan, Dean Lewis, Sia, The Teskey Brothers and more were the night's big winners.

Hosted by APRA AMCOS, Australia’s primary music rights management organisation, the annual APRA awards showcase the country’s most exciting and enduring talent. This year’s event, held in the Sydney CBD, saw music industry professionals, special guests and artists across all genres come together for a night of community and celebration.

It’s no surprise that Melbourne’s Troye Sivan took home the prize for Peer Voted APRA song of the year for his smash hit Rush co-written with Styalz Fuego. Labeled by many as the ‘song of the summer’, this upbeat bop was an instant sensation, beloved not just at home, but around the world.

APRA Music Awards 2024 winners

  • Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year – Rush by Troye Sivan
  • Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music – Bart Willoughby
  • Songwriter of the Year – The Teskey Brothers
  • Emerging Songwriter of the Year – grentperez
  • Most Performed Australian Work – How Do I Say Goodbye by Dean Lewis
  • Most Performed Alternative Work – Daylight by Birds of Tokyo
  • Most Performed Blues & Roots Work – Dancing in the Dark by Ziggy Alberts
  • Most Performed Country Work – Summer Nights by Casey Barnes
  • Most Performed Dance/Electronic Work – Never Let You Go by Jason Derulo & Shouse
  • Most Performed Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Work – Darker Still by Parkway Drive
  • Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work – COMMA’S by ONEFOUR ft. CG
  • Most Performed Pop Work – How Do I Say Goodbye by Dean Lewis
  • Most Performed R&B / Soul Work – Cinderella by JKING
  • Most Performed Rock Work – Good Time by Polish Club
  • Most Performed Australian Work Overseas – Unstoppable by Sia
  • Licensee of the Year – Australian Calisthenic Federation Inc
  • Most Performed International Work – Anti-Hero by Taylor Swift

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Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis scored two awards – Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Pop Work – for his track How Do I Say Goodbye. Detailing the fallout from his father’s cancer diagnosis, the track became a favourite due to its heartfelt lyricism and the artist’s impressive vocal range.

Songwriter of the Year went to The Teskey Brothers. Fusing Motown, soul and blues, the family duo create a unique and instantly recognisable sound, as can be heard on their most recent album, The Winding Way.

The night also features many first-time winners, including indie pop internet sensation grentperez who took home the first-ever award for Emerging Songwriter of the Year, Birds of Tokyo who won Most Performed Alternative Work for Daylight, Byron Bay rockers Parkway Drive who won the inaugural Most Performed Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Work category with Darker Still and ONEFOUR who won Most Performed Hip Hop / Rap Work with COMMA’s.

As a Filipino Australian artist I feel seen, as well as coming out from Western Sydney,” said grantperez, “The creativity is emerging from everywhere and it really goes to show, I think ‘emerging’ is the perfect word for it. For me, it’s been three to four years in this career and hopefully many, many more so thank you all so much. Take care, peace out.”

Tasmanian singer-songwriter Casey Barnes took home the award for Most Performed Country Work for the second year in a row and Adelaide pop idol Sia won Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for the fifth time.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, each of them outstanding songwriters and music creators who are the living epitome of what it is to be born global in their success,” said APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston.

“In recognising the incredible talent in Australia’s music landscape, it’s important to acknowledge that as an organisation that champions gender diversity through advocacy, funding and creative opportunities, there’s more to do to address the disparity in the industry of male to women, non- binary and gender diverse award winners.

“We must continually question the absence of diversity in every facet of the industry—whether in rooms, executive offices, on stages, or across airwaves and streaming platforms—and commit to amplifying the entirety of Australia’s musical brilliance.”

Find out more about APRA AMCOS here.