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Gotye Wins Big Yet Again

Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye, left the Parkside Ballroom at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre tonight with the three most prized APRA Awards, picking up the peer voted Song of the Year, as well as the Songwriter of the Year and Most Played Australian Work gongs.

His smash hit Somebody That I Used To Know, which remains at the top of the US charts this week, has won almost every accolade there is to win in Australia over the past year; topping the singles charts, winning ARIA Awards, taking the number one slot of the triple j Hottest 100 and picking up some serious coverage all across the world as well.

Other winners tonight included Boy & Bear, who picked up the award for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, while Shane Nicholson (country), Busby Marou (blues and roots), The Potbelleez (dance), Birds Of Tokyo (rock) and Marvin Priest (urban) picked up the genre specific awards. AC/DC and LMFAO won the overseas awards – Most Played Overseas and International Work of the Year.

Performers at the ceremony, which was hosted by Jonathan Biggins and Missy Higgins, included Tina Arena with Tex Perkins (performing Song of the Year Somebody That I Used To Know), Kate Miller-Heidke (who performed The Beards’ You Should Consider Having Sex With a Bearded Man) , Bob Evans (who performed I Started a Joke by the Bee Gees), Kram (performing Lanie Lane’s Oh Well, That’s What You Get For Falling in Love With a Cowboy), PVT performed The Real Thing with Russell Morris, Bertie Blackman (who performed Matt Corby’s Brother) Sophia Brous (who performed Kimbra’s Cameo Lover) while awards were presented by special guests including Yusuf Islam, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Felicity Urquhart and Philip Mortlock.

Song of the Year

Title: Somebody That I Used To Know
Artist: Gotye feat Kimbra
Writers: Wally de Backer* / Luiz Bonfa (ASCAP)^
Publishers: J Albert and Son Pty Ltd* / Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd^

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

Writers: Killian Gavin / Jonathon Hart / Timothy Hart / David Hosking / Jacob Tarasenko (Boy and Bear)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Songwriter of the Year

Wally De Backer

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music

Mary Lopez

Most Played Australian Work

Title: Somebody That I Used To Know
Artist: Gotye feat Kimbra
Writers: Wally de Backer* / Luiz Bonfa (ASCAP)^
Publishers: J Albert and Son Pty Ltd* / Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd^

Country Work of the Year

Title: Famous Last Words
Artist: Shane Nicholson
Writer: Shane Nicholson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Title: Biding My Time
Artist: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Dance Work of the Year

Title: From The Music
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene* / Ilan Kidron* / Marisa Lock^ / Jonathan Murphy* / Justin Shave^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo MCDJ Music* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Rock Work of the Year

Title: Wild At Heart
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Anthony Jackson / Ian Kenny / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Urban Work of the Year

Title: Own This Club
Artist: Marvin Priest
Writers: Antonio Egizii* / David Musumeci* / Marvin Priest^
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty

Most Played Australian Work Overseas

Title: Highway To Hell
Artist: AC/DC
Writers: Angus Young / Malcolm Young / Bon Scott
Publisher : J Albert and Son Pty Ltd

International Work of the Year

Title: Party Rock Anthem
Artist: LMFAO
Writers: Skyler Gordy (ASCAP)* / Stefan Gordy (ASCAP)* / David Listenbee (ASCAP) / Peter Schroeder (ASCAP)
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

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