Songwriting siblings Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson took home top prize at the 50th annual Silver Scroll Awards, held at Vector Arena, Auckland, on Thursday 17 September and hosted by APRA AMCOS Chair Jenny Morris. The Nielson brothers won the 2015 APRA NZ Silver Scroll Award for their song “Multi-Love”, recorded by the Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
“It’s a mark of a great song that can feel both familiar and completely original at the same time,” said Anthony Healey, divisional head of APRA AMCOS’s NZ Operations. “Ruban and Kody have crafted a modern classic in ‘Multi-Love’ that is grounded in tradition but pushing the envelope of what’s possible.”
The “Lost Scroll” of 1981 went to Phil Judd, Wayne Stevens and Mark Hough for “Counting the Beat”. In that year, the Silver Scroll wasn’t awarded, so APRA NZ decided to award it retrospectively this year. On the night, Shayne Carter performed the classic rock tune with the backing of an 18-piece orchestra.
Meanwhile, Stan Walker, Vince Harder and Troy Kingi received the 2015 APRA Maioha Award for their powerful anthem Aotearoa, written in te reo Māori. 20-piece kapa haka group Ngā Takere Nui o Ngā Waka performed the song, accompanied by a marching band arranged by Mike Booth. And the Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally when to Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) and Joel Little for “Royals”.
92-year-old composer and guitarist Bill Sevesi became the 17th member of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, which acknowledges individuals who’ve made a major contribution to New Zealand through music. Previous inductees include Dave Dobbyn, Shihad, Herbs and Dragon.
A comprehensive list of winners is available here.