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have won New Zealand's most prestigious songwriting award - the APRA Silver Scroll - for their number one single

Young Blood

.

The presentation was made at an awards ceremony Wednesday night at Auckland's Town Hall, with hundreds of stars and music industry leaders present.

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"Young Blood is outstanding; it's stroppy, it's youthful and energetic. It makes me want to be eighteen again" says APRA's Anthony Healey "It seems like the perfectly written song for this very point in time. It should take the world by storm" he says.

Many in the music industry consider the Silver Scroll Awards to be the highlight of the awards calendar, and that's not just because the food and drinks flow free for the invited guests.

Each of the five finalists songs are performed by another New Zealand musical act, usually of vastly different backgrounds, the identity of which are always a closely guarded secret.

Young Blood

, written by Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers and Aaron Short of The Naked and Famous was tonight

by

.

The other finalists were performed by Music Awards Critics Prize nominees

(

Autumn

),

(

'

A New Dialogue

),

(

'

) and

with an ear blasting version of

.

Other awards announced were the APRA Maioha Award to Jamie Greenslade aka Maitreya for

Sin City

) and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award to Chris Cree Brown for

Inner Bellow

).

Late 60's New Zealand music pioneers,

were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The night began with an emotional

to Pauly Fuemana, who died in January.

To watch the performances from the Silver Scrolls, as well as over coverage - go

*The Naked and Famous' debut album

Passive Me, Aggressive You

is reviewed by Scott Kara in today's

TimeOut

-Herald Online