Metropolis Studios artists scoop five BRIT Awards

London’s Metropolis Studios is celebrating five wins at the BRIT Awards 2021, with Arlo Parks, Dua Lipa, Little Mix and J Hus all scooping awards. 

All four have either mixed, mastered or recorded their prize-winning releases at the Chiswick studio.

Girl band Little Mix won British Group, the first all-female ensemble ever to do so. Their Number 2 album Confetti was recorded at Metropolis, with Paul Norris engineering.

Singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks picked up the Breakthrough Artist award with her acclaimed debut Collapsed In Sunbeams mastered by Metropolis’ Matt Colton.

Little Mix at The BRIT Awards 2021

Dua Lipa, who performed live at the awards ceremony, was awarded Mastercard Album of the year and Female Solo Artist. ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ from her award-winning Future Nostalgia LP was mixed at Metropolis, with Harpaal Sanghera assisting, while the remix album, Club Future Nostalgia, was mastered by Matt Colton. 

Competing the studio’s winning streak, rapper J Hus won the Male Solo Artist award, with his album Big Conspiracy, mastered by Stuart Hawkes.

A cover of the Pet Shop Boys classic ‘It’s A Sin’, which was performed at the BRITs by Elton John and Olly Alexander, was also recorded and mastered at the studio.

Elton John and Olly Alexander performing at The BRIT Awards 2021

“We are incredibly proud of the 2021 winners who chose to work with us on their amazing releases, and all of this year’s BRIT Awards nominees,” said Metropolis Studios CEO Richard Connell.What we do at Metropolis through the marriage of our state-of-the-art equipment and our industry leading team is create the environment for any artist – established or a future rising star – to realise the full potential of their creative vision. I am so proud it’s working so well and I believe the quality of this year’s winners shows that.”

The annual awards of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the BRITs usually takes place in February but was delayed this year due to the pandemic. 

With an audience of 4,000, the 2021 ceremony was the biggest indoor event of its kind in the UK in more than a year. The mask-free event was the latest pilot in the UK government’s research programme that aims to bring back post-Covid live events safely.