Last year it was the first major award given to Lorde and co-writer Joel Little for Royals.

This year Little's name figures again among the finalists for the New Zealand song of the year award, the APRA Silver Scroll, as a co-nominee with Broods for Bridges.

The hit by the synth-pop duo is one of five songs announced today by APRA ( Australasian Performing Right Association, the representative body for songwriters) for its top award.

The other finalists are The Phoenix Foundation for Bob Lennon John Dylan, Wellington singer-songwriter Louis Baker for Back On My Feet, folk-pop songstress Tiny Ruins for Me At The Museum You In The Wintergardens and country star Tami Neilson for Walk.

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Read music writer Lydia Jenkin's note by note analysis of the tracks and hear them all here

The awards will be presented at the ceremony at Wellington's TSB arena on Thursday October 30.

The ceremony - including performances, speeches, and the next induction into the NZ music Hall of Fame - will be streamed live on nzherald.co.nz.

The other finalists

2014 APRA Maioha Award (for songs in te reo)

Kati Ra

written by Maraea Davies, performed by RJ Kerswell

Kei Muri Pea

written by Kororia Taumaunu, Amomai Pihama and Matt Sadgrove, performed by Manea

Tiki Tapu

written and performed by Rob Ruha.

2014 SOUNZ Award (for contemporary classical music)
Aquae Sulis composed by Leonie Holmes
Inner Phases composed by Michael Norris
Macropsia composed by Celeste Oram

2014 APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film
Beyond the Edge composed by David Long
Field Punishment No. 1 composed by Victoria Kelly
Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song composed by Michael O'Neill and Peter Van Der Fluit.

2014 APRA Best Original Music in a Series
Harry composed by Karl Steven
Girl Vs. Boy composed by Tom McLeod
Wiki the Kiwi written by Andrew McDowall

Read more: Silver Scroll finalists, note by note

- nzherald.co.nz