Shepparton’s Adam Briggs has added another award to his ever-growing collection after Indigenous duo A.B. Original was awarded Songwriter of the Year at the APRA Awards yesterday.
The duo, also featuring rapper Trials, made history as the first hip-hop artists to win the coveted gong.
Trials and Briggs — Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta men respectively — were honoured at the annual songwriting awards for their debut album, Reclaim Australia, a politically charged record with a progressive sound, bringing Australian hip-hop influences more in line with West Coast America.
The album featured bold tracks like January 26 which took aim at Australia Day being celebrated on the date that marks the invasion of Australia.
The pair became the first indigenous act to be awarded the $30000 Australia Music Prize for the same album last year.
And in November last year, the hip-hop duo were awarded Triple J’s ‘J Awards’ Album of the Year.
A.B. Original also accepted the ARIA for Best Independent Release during the 31st ARIA Awards last year.
The duo’s sometime collaborator, Paul Kelly, took home the Song of the Year award for his tune Firewood and Candles which he co-wrote last year with former Ferrets frontman Billy Miller.
The APRAs are known for the interesting performances during which artists put their own spin on the songs nominated in the APRA Song of the Year category.
This year, Tim Minchin performed Paul Kelly’s Firewood and Candles, other performers included Ben Abraham and All Our Exes Live in Texas, while a super group featuring Suze DeMarchi and Baby Animals, Adalita and Isabella Manfredi paid musical tribute to Midnight Oil.