Birds of Tokyo lead APRA nominees
Birds of Tokyo. Picture: Supplied

Perth band Birds of Tokyo lead the nominees for the 2014 APRA Music Awards alongside Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy.

The chart-topping rock quintet, which is midway through a marathon North American tour, has four nominations in the peer-voted honours, including one in the coveted Song of the Year category for their hit, Lanterns.

Vance Joy, whose real name is James Keogh, also has four nominations.

His Triple J Hottest 100 winning song Riptide is a strong contender for Song of the Year.

The other Song of the Year nominees are the Drones, the Preatures and Matt Corby with Canadian co-writer Dominic Salole.

Both Lanterns and Riptide are among the finalists in the Most Played Australian Work category, alongside hits from Corby, Sheppard and Nathaniel.

Birds of Tokyo have two songs nominated for Rock Work of the Year, as has former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning.

Besides the Birds and the Drones, which formed in Perth before relocating to Melbourne in 2000, other WA artists featuring in the annual gongs include John Butler Trio, Samantha Jade, Chelsea Basham and Luke Steele's Empire of the Sun.

All have nominations in genre-based categories.

Hits from Robin Thicke, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Swedish House Mafia, Passenger and Bastille will compete for the International Work of the Year title.

Former Go-Betweens drummer and musicians' advocate Lindy Morrison will receive the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

The winners will be announced in Brisbane on June 23.

2014 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Song of the Year

A Moat You Can Stand In: The Drones

Is This How You Feel: The Preatures

Lanterns: Birds of Tokyo

Resolution: Matt Corby (with Dominic Salole)

Riptide: Vance Joy


Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

James Keogh (Vance Joy)

Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield (Jagwar Ma)

Kylie Sackley

Louis Schoorl

Paul Bender/Simon Mavin/Perrin Moss/Naomi Saalfield (Hiatus Kaiyote)


Most Played Australian Work

Lanterns: Birds of Tokyo

Let Me Down Easy: Sheppard

Resolution: Matt Corby

Riptide: Vance Joy

You: Nathaniel


Rock Work of the Year

Battleships: Bernard Fanning

Lanterns: Birds of Tokyo

Southern Sun: Boy & Bear

Tell Me How It Ends: Bernard Fanning

When the Night Falls Quite: Birds of Tokyo


Pop Work of the Year

Let Me Down Easy: Sheppard

Resolution: Matt Corby

Riptide: Vance Joy

What You've Done to Me: Samantha Jade

You: Nathaniel


Country Work of the Year

Be With You Tonight: O'Shea

Flying With the King: Lee Kernaghan

Thank You Angels: O'Shea

The Girl, the Bottle, the Memory: The Wolfe Brothers

I Learned the Hard Way: Chelsea Basham


Blues and Roots Work of the Year

Avenger: The Bamboos

Get You Out of Here: Busby Marou

Luck: Busby Marou

Lygon Street Meltdown: Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Only One: John Butler Trio


Dance Work of the Year

Alive: Empire of the Sun

Bring It Back: Will Sparks and Joel Fletcher

Holdin On: Flume

Promises: The Presets

Saved in a Bottle: The Potbelleez


Urban Work of the Year

Act Your Age: Bliss N Eso feat. Bluejuice

House of Dreams: Bliss N Eso

On and On: Illy

Run Alone: 360

Youngbloods: Illy


International Work of the Year

Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams

Can't Hold Us: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton

Don't You Worry Child: Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin

Let Her Go: Passenger

Pompeii: Bastille

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