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Lorde leads Australia's APRA Awards

New Zealand pop star Lorde was among the big winners at Australia's top songwriting awards ceremony on Monday night (23Jun14).

The singer and her co-writer Joel Little were honoured with the Outstanding International Achievement Award during the ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.

Lorde was unable to attend the event in person, but accepted the trophy in a video message, saying, "Sorry I couldn't be there but Joel is much funnier and more charismatic than I am... This is an incredibly big deal to me to be honoured by this community whose opinions are really valued."

Other big winners included Australian singer Vance Joy, who landed the Song of the Year award for his popular track Riptide, while Sia Furler was named Songwriter of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Furler also accepted the prize via video message, but let a man in a blonde wig take her place in the clip.

Gotye won Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for his huge international hit Somebody That I Used To Know, and Birds of Tokyo were lauded with two prizes for their track Lanterns.

Robin Thicke's collaboration with Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines, was named International Work Of Year.

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