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Paul Kelly to receive Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Music


Songwriter Paul Kelly will be honoured at this year's APRA Awards with the Ted Albert Award for outstanding services to Australian music.

The prize has a rich history with past winners including Jimmy Little, Don Burrows, Slim Dusty and Michael Chugg.

Kelly will accept the award in recognition of his 30-year career as one of the most significant singer-songwriters and the unofficial "poet laureate" of Australian music.

His best-known hits include To Her Door and Treaty, one of several songs written about Indigenous Australian social issues. Both were named by APRA among the 30 best Australian songs of all time.

APRA CEO Brett Cottle said Kelly was a fitting recipient of an award that pays tribute to Ted Albert, the man who pioneered independent music production in the 1970s.

"Every year the APRA board honours Ted's memory by conferring an award on someone who has contributed immensely to Australian music," he said.

"It is difficult to think of an Australian musician or songwriter of the past 30 years who has crafted more distinctly Australian music, with as much universal appeal, as Paul Kelly.

"Paul embodies every attribute and achievement that the Ted Albert Award seeks to achieve."

The APRA Awards will take place in Sydney on June 21. 

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