APRA reveals NZ's best written songs for 2021

Publish Date
Thursday, 26 August 2021, 7:10AM

APRA has announced the country's top songwriters for 2021.

The prestigious Silver Scroll award honours New Zealand's best-written song each year.

APRA voters have selected songs from a variety on genres, and some songwriters secured more than one nomination in the top five.

The Beths, Troy Kingi, Maisey Rika, Tipene, and Anthonie Tonnon are the five artists whose songs were selected by APRA members as finalists.

Maisey Rika and Jonathan Pearce of The Beths are finalists twice, doubling their chances of taking home the top honour.

Pearce is up for the track Jump Rope Gazers, and also co-wrote Leave Love Out Of This by Tonnon.

Rika's song Hiwa-i-te-rangi was named as a finalist, as was Turangawaewae by Tipene, which Rika co-wrote and features on. The talented Māori composer and singer's song Waitī Waitā was also named as a finalist for the APRA Maioha award.

Last year, breakout popstar Benee and her co-writers Josh Fountain and Djeisan Suskov were awarded the Silver Scroll for their catchy song Glitter.

The award is voted on by fellow songwriters.

Past recipients of the Silver Scroll Award include a long list of Kiwi music legends such as Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Shona Laing, Neil Finn, Bic Runga, Ray Columbus and Lorde.

The Silver Scroll will be presented on October 14.

2021 APRA Silver Scroll finalists:

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission