Nominations for the 15th Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, unveiled this morning (May 11) at Sydney's Arena club, herald a changing of the guard.

Nominations for the 15th Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, unveiled this morning (May 11) at Sydney's Arena club, herald a changing of the guard.

Three of the writers up for song of the year -- Wolfmother's "Mind's Eye" (Universal Music Publishing), End Of Fashion's "Oh Yeah!" (EMI Music Publishing) and Ben Lee's "Catch My Disease" (BMG Music Publishing) -- received their first APRA nominations.

The other two were Missy Higgins' self-published "Special Two" and Pete Murray's "Better Days" (Sony/ATV Music Publishing).

Winners will be announced at a ceremony June 5 at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel.

Meanwhile, Jade McCrae's "You Make Me Weak" (Sony/ATV) scored her first APRA nomination in the most performed urban work category, a new division. She is up against Guy Sebastian (BMG), who is nominated for "Kryptonite" and "Oh Oh", and Joel Turner And The Modern Day Poets (Dream Dealers), who is in the running for "Funk U Up" and "These Kids."

Lior wins his first nomination with "Daniel" (Mushroom) in the new most performed blues and roots category, the other new division. Also nominated in the category are John Butler Trio (Family Music) for "What You Want" and "Something's Gotta Give", and the Beautiful Girls (self publish) for "Ashes" and "Let's Take The Long Way Home."

Receiving three nominations each are Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers (Sony/ATV) and Jet (BMG/Famous Music OBO Get Jet Music).

Nominations have also been rolled out for most performed country, dance, jazz and foreign works. A full list is available at www.apra.com.au. Awards will be voted on by APRA's 30,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members.

Three categories to be decided by APRA's board of directors are songwriter of the year, breakthrough songwriter and the Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music. This year marks APRA's 80th year of operation.