APRA have announced the top 20 songs in line to claim the 2021 Silver Scroll Award and the 2021 Maioha Award top 5 shortlist.
The relatively shortlist was chosen from over 250 entries by a judging panel of 10 songwriters who’ve made their own significant contributions to the NZ music community. The 2021 APRA Maioha Award Top 5 shortlist was also announced simultaneously – details below.
2021 Silver Scroll Award Top 20 List:
- All Your Ships Have Sailed, written and performed by Troy Kingi
- Anna (On My Life), written and performed by Adam Tukiri and Rizván Tu’itahi
- Bathsalts, written by Clark Mathews, Daniel Vernon, Christan Pianta, Hakopa Kuka-Larsen – performed by Dartz
- Brains, written by Madeline Bradley, performed by Deryk
- Broken Chains, written by Tyree Tautogia, Sidney Diamond, Fred Fa’afou, Ché Ness, Willie Tafa, Solo Tohi, Wasim A. Hussain, Darryl Thompson, Angus McNaughton – performed by Smashproof
- Don’t Run, written by Sid Diamond and Nathan King, performed by Sid Diamond
- Dragon Fruit (feat. Louis Baker), written by Tony Sihamau, Lance Fepuleai, Harry Huavi, Louis Baker – performed by Team Dynamite featuring Louis Baker.
- Guilty Love, written by Phillipa Brown, Georgia Nott, Tommy English – performed by Ladyhawke and Broods.
- Hey Mom, written and performed by Reb Fountain
- Hiwa-i-te-rangi, written by Maisey Rika, Callum Rei McDougall, Chris Chetland – performed by Maisey Rika
- Jump Rope Gazers, written by Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair, Tristan Deck – performed by The Beths
- Laps Around The Sun, written by Mark Perkins – performed by Merk
- Leave Love Out Of This, written by Anthonie Tonnon and Jonathan Pearce – performed by Anthonie Tonnon
- Lightswitch, written by Mona Sanei, Frank Eliesa – performed by CHAII
- No Flowers, written by Dallas Tamaira and Devin Abrams – performed by Dallas Tamaira
- Periphescence, written by Daniel McBride – performed by Sheep, Dog & Wolf
- Stand In, written by Deva Mahal and Aaron Livingston – performed by Deva Mahal
- Tangaroa, written by Henry de Jong, Lewis de Jong, Ethan Trembath, Niel de Jong – performed by Alien Weaponry
- Turangawaewae, written by Stephen Harmer, Maisey Rika, Troy Kingi, Tenei Kesha – performed by Tipene, Troy Kingi, and Maisey Rika.
- Your Deodorant Doesn’t Work, written by Stephanie Brown, James Fenimore Ikner – performed by Lips
The judging panel were (alphabetically): Anji Sami, Finn Andrews, Hollie Fullbrook, Marika Hodgson, Natalia Sheppard, Phil Bell, Sarena Close, Sean Donnelly, Tom Scott and Tyna Keelan.
Also announced was the 2021 APRA Maioha Award Top 5 shortlist, chosen from over 30 entries by a judging panel of four (in alphabetical order): Matai Smith, Nadia Marsh, Ngatapa Black and Pere Wihongi.
- He Aio, written by Hamiora Tuari, Matthew Sadgrove, Sam Eriwata, and Tei Nohotima – performed by Haami
- Karawhiua, written by Logan Bell, Matthew Sadgrove, Stephen Maxwell, translated by Paraone Gloyne – performed by Katchafire
- Te Pū, written by Tame-Hoake Tuari, Tatana Tuari, Hamiora Tuari, and Sam Eriwata – performed by Tuari Brothers
- Toroa, written by Mara Te Kahika and Cory Champion – performed by Mara TK
- Waitī Waitā, written by Maisey Rika and Seth Haapu – performed by Maisey Rika
The 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Awards ceremony will be taking place at Spark Arena in Tāmaki Makaurau on October 14.