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Gotye sweeps APRA Awards

Gotye was the big winner at the 2012 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards on Monday (28May12) after landing the night's top prizes, including Songwriter of the Year.

The Aussie musician, real name Wouter 'Wally' De Backer, has enjoyed a stellar year with the release of his debut single Somebody That I Used To Know, a duet with Kimbra that has topped charts around the globe.

His breakthrough track made Gotye the toast of the APRA ceremony - the hit was voted Song of the Year as well as the Most Played Australian Work.

Gotye was also crowned Songwriter of the Year at the Sydney prizegiving, which recognises songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance.

LMFAO scooped the International Work of the Year title for Party Rock Anthem, while Own This Club by Marvin Priest was named the Urban Work of the Year and Wild at Heart by Birds of Tokyo was Rock Work of the Year.

Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, was also on hand to present the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year trophy to Boy & Bear.