Ben Lee Is King Of The Apras
Singer/songwriter BEN LEE was crowned king of Australia's music scene on Monday (05JUN06) when he picked up two trophies at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards. The CIGARETTES WILL KILL YOU hitmaker, 27, won Song Of The Year and Most Performed Australian Work for his catchy track CATCH MY DISEASE, off his hit album AWAKE IS THE NEW SLEEP, at the ceremony in Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel. Lee, who used to date Hollywood star CLAIRE DANES, accepted the award via videophone from the United States, where he is currently touring. He said, "When I was 14 I started making records, recording in my bedroom. I had no technology. I had no money, I didn't have a lot of style or technique but I had songs I believed in." Other winners on the night included MATCHBOX 20 heart-throb ROB THOMAS with Most Performed Foreign Work for LONELY NO MORE and JET discovered their hit track ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL is continuing to dominate the international airwaves two years after its release when it was named Most Performed Work Overseas. The full list of winners is: Song Of The Year: BEN LEE - CATCH MY DISEASE Songwriter Of The Year: BERNARD FANNING Most Performed Australian Work: BEN LEE - CATCH MY DISEASE Breakthrough Songwriting Award: WOLFMOTHER Most Performed Work Overseas: JET - ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL Most Performed Urban Work: GUY SEBASTIAN - OH OH Most Performed Blues + Roots Work: JOHN BUTLER - SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE Most Performed Country Work: KASEY CHAMBERS - PONY Most Performed Jazz Work: THE NECKS - MOSQUITO Most Performed Dance Work: ROGUE TRADERS - WAY TO GO Most Performed Foreign Work: ROB THOMAS - LONELY NO MORE Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Australian Music: BILL ARMSTRONG.