Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning notched up five mentions when nominations for the 25th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards were announced at Sydney's Civic Hotel.

Fanning, who is signed to BMG Music Publishing, has two songs, "Songbird" and "Wish You Well", in the running for most performed Australian work. "Songbird" and "Wish You Well" are also up for most performed blues and roots work, along with "Watch Over Me". They are from his chart topping 2005 solo album "Tea and Sympathy" (Universal Music). Fanning won songwriter of the year in 2006.

Yesterday's nominations covered song of the year, and most performed works in the Australian, dance, country, urban, blues and roots and jazz categories.

The song of the year -- voted for by over 20,000 APRA songwriter members -- is between Wolfmother's "Joker and the Thief" (published by Universal Music), Eskimo Joe's "Black Fingernails Red Wine" (Mushroom Music), John Butler Trio's "Funky Tonight" (Family Music), Gotye's "Heart's a Mess" (publisher not listed) and Augie March's "One Crowded Hour" (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia).

The remaining categories -- songwriter of the year, the Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music and the breakthrough songwriter -- will be decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors. They will be announced at the June 5 awards night, held at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Up for most performed Australian work overseas are two Jet songs, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Look What You've Done" (BMG Music International/Famous Music on behalf of Get Jet Music), Men At Work's "Down Under" (EMI Songs Australia), AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" (J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd) and John Paul Young's "Love is in the Air" (J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd).

Most performed foreign work nominees are "Far Away" by Nickelback (Warner Chappell Music Australia), "Feel Better" by Santana featuring Steven Tyler (Peermusic/EMI Music Publishing Australia), "Forever Young" by Youth Group (Fable Music), "Love Generation" by Bob Sinclar (Universal Music Publishing) and "Talk" by Coldplay (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia/Warner Chappell Music Australia/BMG Music Publishing Australia).