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MPG 2021 Awards Shortlist Announced

The MPG has announced the 2021 awards shortlist, while the new MPG directors have been announced as Matt Taylor and Katie Tavini, making the MPG board now 60% female.

MPG 2021 shortlist:

UK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Ben Hillier
Inflo
Marta Salogni

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Dani Bennett Spragg
Daniel Moyler
Richard Woodcraft

MIX ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Cenzo Townshend
Dan Grech-Marguerat
David Wrench

RE-MIXER OF THE YEAR

lau.ra
Matthew Herbert
UNKLE

BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Burke Reid
Cameron Gower Poole
Georgia

SELF-PRODUCING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Four Tet (Kieran Hebden)
Glass Animals (Dave Bayley)
Inflo

BREAKTHROUGH ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Grace Banks
Jonathan Gilmore
Shuta Shinoda

UK WRITER-PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Ben Hillier
Inflo
Steph Marziano

MASTERING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Cicely Balston
Katie Tavini
Stuart Hawkes

UK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia
IDLES: Ultra Mono
Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka

UK SINGLE SONG RELEASE OF THE YEAR

Harry Styles: Adore You

Mura Masa ft Slowthai: Deal Wiv It

Stormzy: Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy)

UK ORIGINAL SCORE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Alexandre Desplat: Little Women (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'
Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury, The Insects: Devs (Original Series Soundtrack)'
Hannah Peel: The Deceived (Original Television Soundtrack)'

THE STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD

Metropolis Studios
Parr Street Studios
Rockfield

“Being re-elected to a board that is now 60% female in a part of the industry where women are often under-represented is a significant step for the MPG and I'm proud to be a part of it,” commented Olga FitzRoy. “I look forward to continuing to support our members through the covid -crisis and championing their diverse talents as the industry begins its recovery.”

Rhiannon Mair has also been re-appointed:

“I am really pleased to be reappointed a director of the MPG,” she said. “I feel proud to be a part of an organisation that campaigns tirelessly to ensure the role of producers and engineers are valued within our industry. I also acknowledge the important work that still needs to be done to ensure all ethnicities backgrounds, gender and LGBTQ+ creatives are welcomed, seen, heard and celebrated.”

“In spite of the current situation, we were delighted to find an increased engagement with both the submissions process and the voting resulting in a very varied shortlist," added Tony Platt, director of the MPG Awards. "Music has been a lifeline for many during the dark days of lockdown and the resilience of our music makers finding innovative ways to keep music alive deserves to be recognised across the board. We are looking forward to a fabulous event in June when we will hopefully be celebrating the start of a return to some kind of normality. Keep safe.”

"I'm really buzzing to be elected as an MPG board member, and I'm looking forward to seeing what work we can do together over the next year,” added new MPG board member, Tavini.

The 2021 MPG Awards will now take place on June 10. Tickets will go on sale in February/March via the MPG website.

Sponsorship opportunities to suit all budgets are also available for this event. Companies that would like to discuss this should contact MPG Awards event organiser, Adam Cuthbertson.