news category MPG Awards created 17 February 2017
We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s
Music Producers Guild Awards. The complete photo gallery is here.
(photography: Mark Sethi & Carys Lavin)
UK Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Prism Sound
Breakthrough Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Novation
International Producer Of The Year, sponsored by British Grove Studios
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio
Tarek Musa (aka Spring King)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Genelec
Recording Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by AMS Neve
Mix Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic
Re-mixer Of The Year, sponsored by Kazbar Systems
Mastering Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by SADiE
UK Single Song Release Of The Year, sponsored by Shure
Radiohead ‘Burn The Witch’
UK Album Of The Year, sponsored by Universal Audio
David Bowie ‘Blackstar’
Studio Of The Year, sponsored by G-Technology and Jigsaw24
The A&R Award, sponsored by AIM
Toby L & Tim Dellow (Transgressive Records)
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL
The MPG Award for Inspiration, sponsored by Audio Note
Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs
The official MPG press release:
Music Producers Guild Reveals the Winners of its 2017 Awards
It’s a fourth major win for producer Paul Epworth, while David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti wins in two categories.
London, UK. February 17th 2017: For the fourth time in his career, producer Paul Epworth received the top accolade at the Music Producers Guild Awards, in association with Prism Sound, by carrying off the prestigious Producer of the Year Award for 2017.
Epworth, who previously won the same award in 2010, 2013 and 2015, was nominated this year for his work with Adele, The Stone Roses and Usher.
The MPG Awards 2017, which took place at Grosvenor House, London, also saw American producer Tony Visconti honoured with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music. Sponsored by PPL, this award recognised the enormous impact Visconti has had on the UK music scene over many years thanks to his ground breaking work with artists such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, The Moody Blues, The Seahorses, Angélique Kidjo, The Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey.
Visconti also received the MPG’s 2017 gong for International Producer of the Year for his work on Bowie’s last album, Blackstar – itself a winner in the UK Album of the Year category.
Now well established as an annual music industry event, the MPG Awards 2017 also honoured producer and DJ Roni Size with the Inspiration Award. His unique approach to music production marks him out as a true pioneer, while his ability to create fresh sounds and styles has given electronic music an entirely new direction by allowing it to move from its original club base to large arenas and festivals stages. Reprazent, the drum and bass collective Size founded in the mid-1990s, took the world by a storm when their New Forms LP won the Mercury Music Prize. The album quickly went platinum thanks to modern day classics such as Watching Windows, Heroes and Brown Paper Bag.
The 350-plus guests at last night’s MPG Awards were treated to a stunning performance by Roni Size, who took to the stage to deliver a stunning DJ set.
Introduced in 2009 to recognise the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry, the MPG Awards regularly attracts a high turnout of music industry VIPs and celebrities.
Tony Platt, MPG Awards Managing Director, says: “Every year it becomes more and more difficult to find superlatives to describe the fantastic array of talent honoured during our Awards event. It is impossible to overstate the contribution these people make to our industry. The next few years will present many new challenges but with this level of creativity and inspiration to call on, we are well placed to face them.”
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