Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I has continued her winning streak, taking out the coveted song of the year gong at the APRA Music Awards with chart-busting hit Dance Monkey.
Tones and I, whose real name is Toni Watson, also won the breakthrough songwriter award at the ceremony, which is presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association and was held online on Monday evening.
“As an artist, we don’t get recognised a lot of the time as songwriters but as an artist
that does write my music, I want to say thank you,” the Victorian-born Byron Bay resident said in her acceptance speech.
Dance Monkey, released in May last year, catapulted Watson to global fame. The pop song has been streamed more than 7 billion times and reached the top of the charts in 45 countries. Watson claimed three ARIA awards last year.