From 20 come five; the shortlist for this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award includes songs about shoes, hibernation and escaping.
The finalists are: Hibernate by Lydia Cole, Getaway Tonight by Opossom's Kody Nielson, Girl in Stilettos by Annah Mac, State Houses by the River by The Eastern's Adam McGrath and Everything To Me by Stephanie Brown aka LIPS.
The five beat 20 other finalists including Bic Runga, Home Brew and Jon Toogood.
The Silver Scroll Award, now in its 47th year, is judged only on the song's merit, rather than sales, and is widely regarded as New Zealand's most prestigious song writing award.
The winner will be announced on September 13 at a gala dinner at the Auckland Town Hall. Other prizes handed out will include awards for most performed works in New Zealand and overseas, the APRA Maioha Award, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and an induction to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
The finalists for both the contemporary classical Sounz Award and te reo Maioha Award and have also been announced.
The Juniper Passion by Michael Williams and John Davies, Four Questions, No Answers by Kenneth Young and [inner] by Alex Taylor are the three Sounz Award finalists.
Matahiapo by Awa, Pounamu by Ahorangi and I Am a Child by Ria Hall are up for the Maioha Award.
Previous winners of the Silver Scroll include Don McGlashan, Neil Finn and Chris Knox.
Avalanche City's hit Love, Love, Love won the award in 2011.
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