Sia also won the APRA Song of the Year for her hit Chandelier, co-written by Jesse Shatkin, beating Sheppard (Geronimo), Dan Sultan (Kimberley Calling), The Veronicas and DNA (You Ruined Me) and Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning (Bittersweet).
It was also a big night for Sheppard who won two APRA awards for their song Geronimo, which won Pop Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work.
The band weren’t there to pick up the award as they are currently touring the UK, so they sent a video accepting their gong.
While 5 Seconds of Summer often get tagged as a boy band, an APRA Awards for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year should be enough to bestow them with a little bit of musical credibility.
One of the most eagerly awaited events on the night was the first solo performance from Daniel Johns, who performed his new single Preach.
APRA MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:
Song of the Year – Chandelier – Sia (Writers:Sia Furler/Jesse Shatkin)
Songwriter of the Year – Sia
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year – 5 Seconds of Summer
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music – Fifa Riccobono
Most Played Australian Work – Geronimo – Sheppard (Writers: Jason Bovino/Amy Sheppard/George Sheppard)
Blues Roots Work of the Year – Heart Beats Slow – Angus Julia Stone.
Country Work of the Year – Give Her the World – Adam Eckersley Band (Writers: Adam Eckersley/Danelle Leverett/Jason Reeves)
Dance Work of the Year – Swing (Joel Fletcher Remix) – Joel Fletcher feat. Savage (Writers: Joel Fletcher Allan/Demetrius Savelio/Nathan Holmes/Aaron Ngawhika)
Pop Work of the Year – Geronimo – Sheppard (Writers: Jason Bovino/Amy Sheppard/George Sheppard)
Rock Work of the Year – Love You Deserve – Stonefield (Writers: Amy Findlay/Hannah Findlay/Holly Findlay/Sarah Findlay)
Urban Work of the Year – Tightrope – Illy feat. Scarlett Stevens (Writers: Illy/M-Phazes)
Most Played Australian Work Overseas – Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra (Writers: Wally de Backer/Luiz Bonfa
International Work of the Year – Happy – Pharrell Williams