The top 20 shortlisted songs in the running for NZ’s 2019 Silver Scroll songwriting award were announced today.
This year’s pool of finalist nominees includes a strong representation of hip hop, including formerly-nominated SWIDT, newcomers Church & AP, and Chaii. Another notable feature of the shortlist is the number of previously un-featured artists, illustrating the strength of songwriting among NZ’s music future.
APRA members will vote to determine the five finalists and overall winner of this year’s Silver Scroll Award.
The nominated songs were selected from over 200 entries by a judging panel that included; Amanda Cheng (Wax Chattels), Anna Coddington, Chris Mac (Six60), Godfrey de Grut, Jordan Arts (Leisure/High Hoops), Mark Williams (Slave/Fat Freddy’s Drop), Nick Atkinson (Hopetoun Brown), Ria Hall and Tyra Hammond.
The 2018 winner was Marlon Williams, while other previous winners include revered Kiwi songwriters like Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn and Bic Runga, and (then) newcomer likes of Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little, Ruban and Kody Nielson (Unknown Mortal Orchestra).
The 2019 edition of the awards takes place on October 2 at Auckland’s Spark Arena. The evening will also see the induction of a Kiwi songwriter (or songwriters) into theNZ Music Hall of Fame.