The Wiggles are to be recognized at this year’s APRA Music Awards with the prestigious Ted Albert Award, for outstanding service to Australian music.
The original Wiggles line-up – Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt – will receive the honor at this year’s ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on May 3, a press release announced today. (April 21th).
Of the recognition, Field said, “On behalf of everyone who has worked with The Wiggles over the past 31 years, I would like to thank APRA for honoring us with the Ted Albert Award.
“We have always been driven by a genuine love and passion for music, and this recognition means a lot to us.”
In receiving the Ted Albert Award, the Wiggles join Slim Dusty, Molly Meldrum, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Michael Gudinski and last year’s winners Helen Reddy and Joy McKean. “To see our names alongside great Australian names including The Seekers, Joy McKean and the incredible Helen Reddy is so wonderful,” Field added.
Cook and Fatt, wearing their red and purple Wiggles outfit respectively, echoed Field’s sentiments in a video message. “An award like this means a lot to us because everything we do is song-based,” Cook said.
Nominations for the 2022 APRA Music Awards were announced earlier this month. Notably, The Kid LAROI is the only artist to have won two separate nominations in each category. Other artists in the running for an award include Vance Joy, Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil, Genesis Owusu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sycco and Tones And I.
The debates at Melbourne Town Hall this year will be co-hosted by Julia Zemiro and Jerome Farah.
Earlier this year, the Wiggles clinched first place in the triple J Hottest 100 for their Like a release cover of “Elephant” by Tame Impala. Kevin Parker praised the cover and later performed it with the band on stage in Perth. March saw the release of a covers album, “ReWiggled”, with The Wiggles recording a series of covers alongside The Chats, DZ Deathrays and Spacey Jane covering the band’s own songs.
Two different iterations of The Wiggles are currently on tour: the current lineup, which presents their “Fruit Salad TV Big Show”, and the classic lineup doing an adults-only tour. This Saturday, both versions of The Wiggles will perform at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on the same day.