The Kid Laroi becomes the youngest person in history to win the prestigious Song of the Year prize


The Kid Laroi, 18, becomes the youngest person in history to win the prestigious Song of the Year prize at the APRA Music Awards

The Kid Laroi has become the youngest songwriter to win the Song of the Year prize at the APRA Music Awards on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old was also named Songwriter of the Year at the awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Sydney-born Laroi, whose real name is Charlton Howard, also won the Most Performed Hip Hop Work for his 2020 hit Without You.

Achievement: The Kid Laroi, 18, became the youngest person in history to win the prestigious Song of the Year prize at the APRA Music Awards on Tuesday

After his win, Laroi said from his Los Angeles home: ‘Thank you for awarding me with Songwriter of the Year. I really appreciate the support and I want to give a quick shout out to fans back home.’

‘I’m stoked to be on my way back… I miss you all.’

The Kid Laroi, who hails from Sydney’s Waterloo, has had incredible success in the United States.

He recently opened the MTV VMAs with his friend and collaborator Justin Bieber.

Awards: The 18-year-old was also named Songwriter of the Year and won the Most Performed Hip Hop Work for his 2020 hit Without You at the awards ceremony

Awards: The 18-year-old was also named Songwriter of the Year and won the Most Performed Hip Hop Work for his 2020 hit Without You at the awards ceremony 

In September, he announced he was bringing his End of the World tour to Australia.

He began rapping at the age of 13, predominantly as an outlet to process his family struggles and the death of his uncle two years earlier.

He achieved modest success as a finalist in Australian radio station Triple J’s Unearthed High competition, but his real breakthrough came when he was signed as international rap sensation Juice Wrld’s labelmate at Grade A Productions in 2019.

The duo quickly became close, with Laroi even referring to Juice Wrld as his ‘big brother’ after being selected to support him on the Sydney and Melbourne legs of his Australian tour in November 2019.

After winning, Laroi said from his Los Angeles home: 'Thank you for awarding me with Songwriter of the Year. I really appreciate the support and I want to give a quick shout out to fans back home'

After winning, Laroi said from his Los Angeles home: ‘Thank you for awarding me with Songwriter of the Year. I really appreciate the support and I want to give a quick shout out to fans back home’

Fate took a cruel turn and just weeks later on December 8, Juice Wrld died at the age of 21, after suffering a reported seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport.

Prior to his death, Juice Wrld recorded a verse for GO, the lead single on Laroi’s debut mixtape, knowing full well it would rocket the teen to fame overnight.

It did just that upon its release in June 2020, and in the blink of an eye the talented underdog from Waterloo had a single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 – topping megastar Justin Bieber that he’s been compared to – a feat many artists can only ever dream of achieving.

He went on to become the youngest Australian to have a number one album on the ARIA charts with the release of F*ck Love (Savage) in July 2020.

Success: The Kid Laroi, who hails from Sydney's Waterloo, has had incredible success in the United States

Success: The Kid Laroi, who hails from Sydney’s Waterloo, has had incredible success in the United States

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