Courtney Barnett takes the top prize at APRA Awards


Singer had a night to remember last night as she was handed Australia’s highest songwriting honour.

Barnett was named Songwriter of the Year at the Australasian Performing Rights Association () Music Awards in Sydney, ending Sia’s history-making three-year winning streak.

Upon accepting the award, a humbled Barnett told the audience, “I felt when I got my APRA membership in 2007 I was a real songwriter. Thank you for listening to me.”

The prize crowns a successful year for Barnett, who was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in February (16), and last year (15), she picked up four trophies at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards and was handed $30,000 (£18,750) as the winner of the Australian Music Prize.

Rockers Tame Impala were also big winners at the APRAs, claiming the Song of the Year award for their track Let It Happen, while Sia picked up the Most Played Australian Work Overseas trophy for her hit Chandelier, breaking Gotye’s three-year winning streak for Somebody That I Used To Know.

Other winners included Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (International Work of the Year for Uptown Funk), Peking Duk (Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year for Take Me Over), and Hilltop Hoods (Urban Work of the Year for Cosby Sweater).

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