The Kid Laroi, Tones And I Rule 2022 APRA Awards

The Kid Laroi, Tones And I Rule 2022 APRA Awards

With a hattrick of wins, The Kid Laroi led from start to finish as the APRA Music Awards returned to Melbourne on Tuesday night (May 3).

The teenage superstar has rolled in a purple patch the likes of which few artists see. Now based in Los Angeles, the Sydney-raised artist led the singles and albums charts in the U.S. and Australia, and, along the way, logged a record-setting stay at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Stay,” his collaboration with Justin Bieber.

At the 2022 APRAs, Laroi nabbed the night’s top prize and the final category of the night, song of the year, and accepted the donut-shaped award by way of a live zoom from his studio in Los Angeles.

Earlier, Laroi (real name Charlton Howard) scored most performed hip-hop / rap work for “Without You” and the coveted songwriter of the year, meaning he converted three of his four nominations.

For the second straight year, Tones And I won a pair of APRAs, on this occasion for most performed pop work (“Fly Award”) and most performed Australian work overseas (“Dance Monkey”).

“I’m most proud of that song,” Tones acknowledged from the Melbourne Town Hall stage, when “Fly Away” took the silverware. “Dance Monkey” was released back in May 2019 and refuses to stop moving. “I released that so long ago, I had no idea it would be up for an award again,” she explained. “I promise you I’m not playing ‘Dance Monkey’ tonight.”

Tones was true to her word, though she did return to the stage with band and orchestra for a rendition of Amy and the Sniffers’ “Guided by Angels,” one of the five numbers shortlisted for song of the year.

Another two-time winner was John Courtidis, The 1,000,000,000 List, APRA AMCOS’ special circle for its members who’ve notched one billion streams for one of their worksourtidis, who collected the most performed Australian work and most performed dance / electronic work for his contributions to “Head & Heart,” the dance hit performed by Joel Corry featuring MNEK. The song was recently inducted into APRA

AMCOS’ 1,000,000,000 List, the PRO’s elite who’ve notched one billion streams for one of their works.

Ghana-born, Canberra-raised funkmaster Genesis Owusu has cleaned up on the awards circuit with debut album Smiling with No Teeth, a breakthrough that has earned the artist the J Award for Australian Album of the year, the Australian Music Prize, several ARIA Awards and, most recently, first ranking in the 2021 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

The treasures keep coming, this time with the APRAs breakthrough songwriter of the year. The album, he told the audience, “was a deeply personal project for me. I used it as an individual in the process of catharsis and therapy,” as did many others, his growing pile of awards would suggest.

Other winners on the night included Amy Shark, Vance Joy, Joel Little, AC/DC’s Angus & Malcolm Young, Budjerah, Matt Corby and Ziggy Alberts, while legendary kids’ entertainers the Wiggles were feted with the Ted Albert Award, an honor from the APRA board of directors which acknowledges a group or individual who has contributed immensely to Australian music.

Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock frontman and co-founder Ross Wilson presented the accolade to the OG Wiggles, referring to the veteran artists as the “Fab Four for under 5s,” and pointing out they’re the only act to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and also lead the triple j Hottest 100, which they did in January with a cover of Tame Impala’s “Elephant.”

The 40th annual APRA Awards rocked out with a musical tribute to the late Chris Bailey, as You Am I frontman led the Hard-Ons with a blistering performance of the Saints’ classic “Know Your Product.”

The Kid Laroi, Tones And I Rule 2022 APRA Awards With a hattrick of wins, The Kid Laroi led from start to finish as the APRA Music Awards returned to Melbourne on Tuesday night (May 3). The teenage superstar has rolled in a purple patch the likes of which few artists see. Now based in Los…