Sia and Sheppard lead songwriter gongs

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 24 Maret 2015 | 20.01

Watch a snippet from Daniel Johns upcoming video for his new single, Aerial Love.

Daniel Johns launching his solo career with the debut performance of his single Preach. Picture: YouTube Source: YouTube

THE 2015 APRA Music Awards was a night of firsts from Sia creating history to win Songwriter of the Year for the third year running to Daniel Johns launching his solo career with the debut performance of his single Preach.

Sia couldn't make it to Australia to pick up another clutch of awards, also adding Song Of The Year for Chandelier to her trophy cabinet.

While her mother Loene accepted her APRA gong last year, Sia's platinum-wigged proxy expressing her gratitude via video was Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz.

Platinum success ... Sia won Song Of The Year at the APRA Awards and was also named Songwriter Of The Year. Picture: Steven Lawton / Getty. Source: Getty Images

Jimmy Barnes and his brother-in-law Diesel gave Chandelier a very different spin during the awards which has become renowned for its spine-tingling performances.

Daniel Johns' longtime champion and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett was an enthusiastic cheerleader of his friend's new music.

"He's making some great music," Garrett said.

"I think it is the mark of someone who is still in love with music and pushing things. It sounds great."

Johns said he chose the APRA Awards for his debut performance because it honoured songwriters.

"It's a celebration of songwriters so its appropriate - rather than the Logies or something."

Johns performance of his single Preach, like his recent appearance at the Triple J Beat The Drum concert, featured a harp. But he warns he hasn't completely abandoned his rock roots.

"There's still the implication of rock," he said.

"Except with a harp."

Lisa Mitchell teamed with E Street Band member Jake Clemons — in Australia on a solo tour — to reimagine Sheppard's Geronimo.

Sheppard won their first APRAs, Most Played Australian Work and Pop Work Of The Year, as the song rose to a new peak of No. 58 in the American charts last week.

The Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year award was won by chart slayers 5 Seconds Of Summer who continue to prove to be one of Australia's most successful pop rock exports.

Winners' grin ... 5 Seconds of Summer score another gong with the Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year award. Picture: Bradley Hunter Source: News Corp Australia

Another superstar who unexpectedly received an award this year was Gotye, whose 2011 hit Somebody That I Used To Know, co-written by Luiz Bonfa, was named the Most Played Work Overseas for the third year in a row.

Sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone won Blues and Roots Work Of The Year for Heart Beats Slow and rising DJ chart prince Joel Fletcher and Savage, along with their co-writers scored Dance Work Of The Year for their global hit Swing.

Sibling success ... Angus and Julia Stone were popular winners for Blues and Roots Work. Picture: Stephen Cooper. Source: News Corp Australia

Adam Eckersley beat out his wife Brooke McClymont and sisters-in-law Mollie and Sam for the Country gong with his song Give Her The World.

Fresh from picking up a Grammy with Eminem, wildly respected producer M-Phazes and Illy shared the Urban Work Of The Year for their collaboration on Tightrope.

Rockin' sisters ... Stonefield won their first APRA Award with Love You Deserve single. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied

And the Stonefield sisters celebrated their first APRA award, beating out a bunch of blokes to take out Rock Work Of The Year with Love You Deserve.

The awards audience, which included former MP Peter Garrett, Guy Sebastian, legendary producer Harry Vanda, Kasey Chambers, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Michael Chugg, Tim Freedman, Cold Chisel's Don Walker and Kerri-Anne Kennerley, rose to their feet to applaud Fifa Riccobono when she received the prestigious Ted Albert Award.

Riccobono is widely respected as the first female CEO of an Australian record label and instrumental in the careers of AC/DC, John Paul Young and Stevie Wright.

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