Australian music legend Colin Hay, who was part of 1980s hitmakers Men At Work (“Down Under”) was Thursday awarded the honorary Ted Albert Award for outstanding services to Australian music at the 2023 APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Music Awards held in Sydney. The annual awards recognize song-writing, sales and airplay performances.
The award, named after music producer behind The Easybeats and AC/DC, was shared with the late trailblazing tour promoter Colleen Ironside who set the groundwork for a Pan-Asian touring network and produced scores of tours in the region.
Hay who has based himself as a solo artist in Los Angeles after Men at Work split in 1986, was in attendance and was feted with video tributes from friends, actor Zach Braff and Ringo Starr.
“To receive the news that APRA wanted to bestow this most prestigious Ted Albert Award is very special indeed,” said Hay.