The Silver Scrolls are Having a Girl Power Moment

Just weeks after a discussion about the gender imbalance of APRA's membership, the organisation has announced a historic all-girl lineup of finalists for this year's Silver Scroll Awards. 

This is the first time in the Scrolls' 52-year history that their final five has been all female. The shortlist was chosen from a 20-song longlist voted on by APRA members around the country.  

And what a shortlist too!

‘Close Your Eyes’ by Bic Runga (written by Bic Runga and Kody Nielson)
‘Green Light’ by Lorde (written by Ella Yelich O’Connor, Jack Antonoff, and Joel Little)
‘Horizon’ by Aldous Harding
‘Life of the Party’ by Chelsea Jade (written by Chelsea Jade Metcalf and Leroy Clampitt)
‘Richard’ by Nadia Reid

Despite being a cracker lot of tunes that is bound to give the judging panel permanent decisional migraines, the shortlist is a testament to the women making some world-worthy tunes; Aldous Harding's 'Horizon' was produced by legendary John Parish, known for his work with PJ Harvey and Tracy Chapman, and was also her first outing with her new record label 4AD, home of Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Bon Iver, St Vincent, The National, and Grimes. Nadia Reid's 'Richard' drops at a time when the Port Chalmers songbird is enjoying peak love from overseas tastemakers like Rolling Stone and Mojo. And, well, you all know Lorde's deal.

The Scrolls are having their Girl Power moment - and they're highlighting the fact that New Zealand continues to punch well above their weight as a musical export. Seriously, everyone's a winner.

Listen to the top 5 below.