Gotye has been honoured with 3 awards including ‘Australian Song of the Year’

Gotye‘s international No.1, Somebody That I Used to Know, took 3 top honours at the APRA songwriting awards.

Gotye won Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Most Played Australian Work.

The song has been No.1 in 11 countries, selling a remarkable 8 1/2 million copies since being released in July.

It sold 350,000 copies in the US last week to remain at No.1 for a sixth consecutive week.

Gotye, aka Wally De Backer, has been home in Melbourne for most of his reign atop the American charts.

“I’m genuinely surprised,” he said of the worldwide hit song.

“The song’s been played a lot, I know I was starting to get self-conscious.

“Sorry for those people who listen to commercial radio and had to listen to it 50 times a day at their workplace.”

Tex Perkins and Tina Arena performed Somebody That I Used to Know at the APRA songwriting event in Sydney, which will be shown on cable channel Max on June 12.

The APRAs (Australian Performing Rights Awards) are famous for getting artists to interpret their peers’ work.

Kate Miller-Heidke tackled The Beards’ You Should Consider Having Sex With a Bearded Man, Kram reworked Lanie Lane‘s Oh Well, That’s What You Get For Falling in Love With a Cowboy.

Bob Evans paid tribute to the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb by singing their classic I Started a Joke.


* Song of the Year, Most Played Australian Work, Songwrier of the Year: Gotye (aka Wally De Backer) feature Kimbra.

* Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year: Boy & Bear, Moonfire

* Country Work of the Year: Shane Nicholson, Famous Last Words

* The Blues & Roots Work of the Year: Busby Marou, Biding My Time

* Dance Work of the Year: Potbelleez, The Music

* Urban Work of the Year: Marvin Priest and DNA Songs, Own This Club

* Rock Work of the Year: Birds of Tokyo, Wild at Heart

* International Work of the Year: LMFAO, Party Rock Anthem

* Most Played Australian Work Overseas: AC/DC, Highway to Hell

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