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Amy Shark wins $50,000 songwriting prize

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Amy Shark has won the Vanda & Young songwriting competition taking home $50,000 for a song she wrote in her bedroom.

The Gold Coast singer-songwriter, who has yet to release an album, won for her song Adore, beating more than 4000 entries to take home the largest first prize for any songwriting competition in the world.

"It's such an honour to win the 2018 Vanda & Young Song Comp for Adore. I wrote this song in my bedroom and it's a testament to what just one piece of music can do and how important it is to keep doing what you love," Shark said.

She's following in the footsteps of former winners including Isabella Manfredi, Kimbra Johnson and Megan Washington.

Gang Of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe won both 2nd and 3rd prizes for the songs Let Me Down Easy and The Heart is a Muscle respectively, taking home $10,000 for 2nd and $5000 for 3rd place.

"There's a sense of discomfort I feel when it comes to these things, because accepting praise is not exactly my forte," Le'aupepe said.

"I never in my wildest imagined that in a competition like this, among so many actually talented writers, that I would manage to place," he said.

"Thank you to those judges who saw beauty and value in these songs of mine/ours, for it's a reminder to me that they may not be completely garbage after all.Thank you to the scores of writers more deserving and gifted than me for shining as bright as you do."

In a strange coincidence, both Adore and Let Me Down Easy came in at number 2 in the triple J hottest 100, in 2016 and 2017.

The APRA AMCOS and Alberts competition raised $203,000 from entry fees for the charity Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, making a total of more than $1million raised to date.

"I'm proud to be part of a legacy of songwriters that together have raised over $1 million dollars for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia," Shark said.

"Thank you APRA AMCOS and Vanda & Young for contributing to such a worthwhile initiative in NRMTA. Their work is well and truly the most extraordinary part of this," Le'aupepe said.

The competition was named after the famous songwriting duo, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, who were founding members of Australian band The Easybeats.

Queensland hip-hop artist Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, won a new prize for Best 'Unpublished' Work for her song Better, taking home $5000.

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