The Music Producers Guild has announced the shortlist for its 2020 Awards, which will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London on February 27th 2020.
This year’s list is one of the most diverse yet, featuring names such as Stormzy, IDLES, Marta Salogni and Nigel Godrich.
This year once again boasts a strong representation from female producers and engineers, with Marta Salogni (Bjork, M.I.A) up for Breakthrough Producer Of The Year, Katie Tavini (Decca Records, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) nominated for Mastering Engineer Of The Year, and Isabel Gracefield (Adele and Sam Smith) in line to receive Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year.
Other notable names on the 2020 shortlist include Cam Blackwood and Dan Carey – who are in the running for UK Producer Of The Year Award, Jon Hopkins, Matthew Herbert and UNKLE – who are all up for Re-mixer Of The Year, and Francis Rossi (Status Quo), while George Daniel, Matthew Healy (The 1975) and James Blake are shortlisted for Self-Producing Artist Of The Year.
“It is always an exciting moment when we are able to reveal the wealth of talent reflected in the shortlists,” commented Tony Platt, Managing Director of MPG Awards. “The judging day comes next and it is a testament to the respect with which these Awards are now regarded, how seriously our judging panel take their role in the process. Best of luck to all the nominees; I wish they could all win!"
Now in its 12th year, the MPG Awards feature 15 award categories that celebrate the best and brightest talent in music production, along with the industry’s rising stars. Previous award winners have included Sir George Martin CBE, Skepta, FKA Twigs, Roni Size, Sylvia Massy, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn and Dave Stewart.
Dani Bennett Spragg, winner of Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year at the 2019 MPG Awards said: “I was really honoured to win Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the 2019 awards. It felt great to be recognised for the work I’d done in the previous year and to be really welcomed into the industry.”
Final judging for the 2020 Awards will take place at Strongroom Studio on 3rd December 2019 and the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
The shortlists for each of the MPG 2020 Awards categories (in no particular order) are as follows:
UK Producer Of The Year
Recording Engineer Of The Year
Mix Engineer Of The Year
Mark 'Spike' Stent
Re-mixer Of The Year
Breakthrough Producer Of the Year
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
George Daniel, Matthew Healy (The 1975)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year
International Producer Of The Year
Mastering Engineer Of The Year
UK Album Of The Year
Foals: 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost'
IDLES: 'Joy as an Act of Resistance'
The 1975: 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'
UK Single Song Release Of The Year
Marika Hackman: 'I'm not where you are'
Radiohead: 'Ill Wind'
Stormzy: 'Vossi Bop'
The A&R Award
Studio Of The Year
The Church Studios
The MPG 2020 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:
The MPG Inspiration Award
PPL Present The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL
The Special Recognition Award
Tickets for the 2020 MPG Awards are now on sale. For price information and bookings, click here.