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South Australian hitmaker Sia Furler has become the first songwriter to win the APRA Songwriter of the Year award for the second year running.

The 38-year-old singer, who is currently wowing the US pop scene and performed in front of President Barack Obama at a New York event this month, was not in Brisbane for the awards presentation last night, but thanked the Australian Performing Right Association for recognising her work.

“I am so honoured to be the first songwriter in APRA Awards history to win Songwriter of the Year two years in a row!” she said.

Vance Joy took out the prestigious APRA Song of the Year Award for his catchy track, “Riptide”, which was the unofficial soundtrack for last summer and topped Triple J’s hottest 100 for 2013. He has now taken out the peer-voted award for Song of the Year and also Pop Work of the Year.

Following Joy, the awards’ other recipients showed the breadth of influence and talent in the Antipodean music scene with young Kiwi star Lorde awarded the Outstanding International Achievement Award alongside her co-writer Joel Little.

Neither Joy nor Lorde attended the awards either.

Perth band Birds Of Tokyo won the Rock Work of the Year and also the Most Played Australian Work of 2013 for their song “Lanterns”.

The Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Award went to Louis Schoorl, who wrote or co-wrote 88 songs in 2013 alone and has collaborated with Australian acts including 360, Daniel Johns and Jessica Mauboy.

The awards ceremony was held in Brisbane, home to the recipient of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison. The award was presented to her by her bandmate, Amanda Brown.

RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis hosted the awards, which featured performances from Sheppard, Gossling and Megan Washington. Go-Betweens members Morrison, Brown and Robert Vickers played their song “People Say” alongside Melbourne band Big Scary.

In a tribute to the Masters Apprentices frontman Jim Keays, who recently lost his battle with multiple myeloma, Carol Lloyd and her band performed the Aprentices hit “Because I Love You”.

APRA music awards winners 2014:

Song of the Year – Riptide, Vance Joy

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music – Lindy Morrison OAM

Songwriter of the Year – SIA

Outstanding International Achievement Award – Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year – Louis Schoorl

Most Played Australian Work – Lanterns, Birds of Tokyo

Country Work of the Year – Flying With the King, Lee Kernaghan

Blues & Roots Work of the Year – Only One, John Butler Trio

Dance Work of the Year – Holdin On, Flume

Rock Work of the Year – Lanterns, Birds of Tokyo

Pop Work of the Year – Riptide, Vance Joy (Writer: James Keogh)

Urban Work of the Year – Act Your Age, Bliss n Eso featuring Bluejuice

International Work of the Year – Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke featuring TI & Pharrell Williams

Most Played Australian Work Overseas – Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

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