Sarah Aarons, Amy Shark, Baker Boy Lead 2019 APRA Awards Nominations

Peter HillĀ 
Sarah Aarons

With four nominations, young hitmaker Sarah Aarons leads the pack for next month’s 2019 APRA Music Awards in Melbourne, while ARIA Award winner Amy Shark and 2019 Young Australian of the Year Danzal Baker (aka Baker Boy) are close behind with three nods each.

Aarons, last year’s breakthrough songwriter of the year winner, makes a strong showing in the list of APRAs nominations, announced Wednesday, following successful collaborations with Peking Duk and The Rubens and co-writing credits on Zedd’s global hit “Stay” and Grammy-nominated “The Middle,” featuring Maren Morris & Grey.

This time, Aarons is up for most played Australian work (for “The Middle”), dance work of the year (for “Tell Me You Love Me,” recorded by Galantis & Throttle, and “The Middle”) and rock work of the year (for “Never Ever,” by The Rubens feat. Sarah).

Melbourne Town Hall will host the annual APRAs ceremony on April 30.

Reigning ARIA female artist of the year Amy Shark earns a chance in the prestigious, peer-voted APRA song of the year category for the third successive year, with “I Said Hi,” lifted from her chart-topping debut album Love Monster. The Gold Coast singer and songwriter will battle it out with Mojo Juju’s “Native Tongue,” Angie McMahon’s “Slow Mover,” Ainslie Wills’ “Society” and Paul Kelly’s “With The One I Love” for the night’s top honor. 

Shark’s “I Said Hi,” winner of the singer-songwriter category at last week’s Queensland Music Awards, is also up for most played Australian work and pop work of the year APRA awards.

With his debut album due out later this year, rising indigenous hip-hop artist Baker Boy could bag a brace at the APRAs with a nod for breakthrough songwriter of the year and two chances for urban work of the year with “Marryuna” and “Mr La Di Da Di.”

Dual nominees include include Pnau, Vance Joy, Sheppard, Tash Sultana, Morgan Evans, Jack Ladder, Angie McMahon, and one-time Triple J Hottest 100 winners The Rubens.

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

The APRA Board of Directors will present two awards at the ceremony: songwriter of the year and overseas recognition. Also, the Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music, most played Australian work overseas and licensee of the year will be handed out on the night. 

For the complete list of nominations visit apraamcos.com.au.