Also at the APRAs, Sia won for songwriter of the year, a category decided by the Australasian Performing Right Assn’s board of writer and publisher directors. Sia, an in-demand collaborator who has worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera, David Guetta, Rihanna, Flo Rida and Hilltop Hoods, produced one of the night’s biggest roars when in her taped acceptance speech she thanked canines. “You've all owned dogs,” she said with a smile.
Gotye presented the breakthrough songwriter award to rapper Matthew Colwell, aka 360, and his collaborator Styalz Fuego. "I'm surprised we won this award when Johnny Ruffo was nominated," quipped Colwell in a back-handed compliment to the young pop singer who’s currently appearing in the popular “Home and Away” soap.
Gotye (real name Wally de Backer) returned to the stage to collect the most performed Australian work overseas for his smash hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra and co-credited to Luiz Bonfa) – last year’s APRA Awards song of the year winner. His victory in the statistical category breaks a four-year streak of AC/DC winning songs.
The night kicked off with a tribute to the Divinyls and their late singer Chrissy Amphlett by way of a rendition of their 1981 hit “Boys In Town,” performed by Georgi Kay.
Presenters on the night were former ARIA female artist of the year winner Clare Bowditch and comedian Jonathan Biggins. In his opening monologue, Biggins pushed the envelope with a spicy routine which touched on Status Quo’s much-derided campaign for the Coles supermarket, the scandal surrounding the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile and even Rolf Harris, the Australian entertainer who is fighting child abuse claims.