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Blues & Roots Nominees In APRA Awards Announced

APRA Awards PosterThe tallies are in, the number crunching is done and the songwriters of Australia have spoken! APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) has announced the nominees for the 2008 APRA Music Awards, the annual celebration of Australian songwriters, which will be held on Monday June 16, in Sydney.

As decided by APRA registered songwriters, the APRA Song of the Yeart is the leading peer-voted music award in Australia. To be considered by the 30,000 eligible voting members of APRA for this award, songs must be written by an APRA member and released in the preceding calendar year.

The Blues and Roots band The John Butler Trio leads the tally for the 2008 APRA Music Awards with three nominations (including Song of the Year). The band are also nominated twice in the category of Blues & Roots Work of the Year with the songs “Good Excuse” and the rip-roaring “Funky Tonight.” They are joined in this category by The Beautiful Girls with “I Thought About You” and The Hiptones with “I've Been Loving You Too Long.”

The category of Most Played Australian Work is also a battle of the heavyweights, again featuring Silverchair with “Straight Lines” (their second nomination for 2008), Powderfinger with “Lost & Running” (their second nomination for 2008), Thirsty Merc with “20 Good Reasons” (also their second nomination for 2008) alongside Eskimo Joe with “New York,” and Evermore with “Light Surrounding You.”
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