John Butler Trio Tops APRA Music Award Nominations
John Butler Trio Tops APRA Music Award Nominations

With five nominations, John Butler is out in front ahead of Australia's APRA Music Awards, to be held June 21 in Sydney.

Established in 1982, the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual ceremony is one of the Australia music industry's most treasured events, a worthy rival to Britain's Ivor Novello Awards.

The John Butler Trio frontman is nominated for the coveted song of the year ("Revolution," published by Family Music), he's grabbed two nominations in the most played Australian work category ("Close To You," "One Way Road"), and there's a double-nomination in the blues & roots work of the year category ("Close to You", "One Way Road").

Australian songwriting master Paul Kelly will receive the top trophy at Australia's APRA Awards, to be held June 21 in Sydney.

Also lining up for the peer-voted song of the year accolade are Angus and Julia Stone's "Big Jet Plane" (published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia)

Sia's "Clap Your Hands" (written by Samuel Dixon and Sia Furler, published by Mushroom Music /EMI Music Publishing Australia), Kasey Chambers' "Little Bird" (published by Mushroom Music) and Birds of Tokyo's "Plans" (written by Anthony Jackson/Ian Kenny/Adam Spark/Adam Weston and published by Mushroom Music)

Nominations for nine categories, unveiled today, represent the composers and lyricists who have achieved the highest performances of their work and excellence in their craft over the previous year.

Also on the night, Paul Kelly will be the recipient of the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music, decided by the Australasian Performing Right Association's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors.

As a songwriter, Kelly is as prolific as he is revered by his peers. Over a career spanning some 30 years, Kelly has recorded 17 studio albums and a raft of film soundtracks and live albums. Last year, Kelly migrated his story-telling skills to the book-publishing trade with an autobiographical tome, "How To Make Gravy." The 560-page memoir reflects his legendary "A to Z" concert series, where he performs around a hundred of his songs in alphabetical order over four nights.

Kelly will join an elite circle of Ted Albert Award recipients which includes promoter Michael Chugg, the late country music artist Slim Dusty, AC/DC co-founders Angus & Malcolm Young, artist manager Roger Davies, Sony Music Australia chief Denis Handlin and last year's winner, the indigenous artist Jimmy Little.

Eight of the 12 awards handed out on the night are based on statistical analysis.

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors determine the Ted Albert Award, along with the songwriter of the year and breakthrough songwriter of the year honors.

The gala at Sydney's Carriageworks will be taped by subscription TV partner MAX for a special that will air July 7 at 9.30PM.

Complete list of nominees here.