MPG Awards 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 MPG Awards has been revealed, with Sir George Martin announced as the next recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award.

Albums by Florence & The Machine, The Maccabees, Alt-J, Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith delivered nominations for UK producers Paul Epworth, Bruno Ellingham and Tim Goldsworthy, Charlie Andrew and Jake Gosling, while in the international categories, The Black Keys and Jack White earned multiple nominations for their producers and engineers.

Now in its fifth year, the Music Producers Guild Awards recognises the contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry. The winner of the Music Producers Guild’s Producer of the Year Award also receives a BRIT Award for Best Producer, and both awards will be presented at the Music Producers Guild’s Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 7th 2013 at the Café de Paris in London.

MPG chairman Steve Levine said: “An MPG Award is highly sought-after by recording professionals because it represents an endorsement by your peers. Whilst anyone can nominate, only full members of the MPG are allowed to vote for the shortlist and therefore the results are relevant to the creative value of our industry. Those who win an MPG Award are recognised to be at the top of their game as a recording professional.”

The shortlists for each category are as follows:

UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by The BRITS 2013

Damon Albarn
Paul Epworth
Jake Gosling

Recording Engineer of the Year

Haydn Bendall
Guy Massey
Al O’Connell

Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic

Tom Elmhirst
Alan Moulder
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Radial

Matt Colton
Mandy Parnell
Ray Staff

Live Production of the Year, sponsored by Shure

Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011
Bon Iver at Air Studios
The Olympics – Opening Ceremony

UK Album of the Year

Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace
Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
Ed Sheeran – +

UK Single Song Release of the Year

Paloma Faith – Picking Up the Pieces
Plan B – Ill Manors
The Maccabees – Pelican
Ed Sheeran – Lego House

Re-mixer of the Year, sponsored by Novation

Mathew Herbert
Jamie xx

Breakthrough Producer of the Year, in association with Sound on Sound, sponsored by Focusrite

Charlie Andrew
Bruno Ellingham and Tim Goldsworthy
Jake Gosling

Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Genelec

Dan Austin
Charlie Hugall
Lee Slater

International Producer of the Year, sponsored by British Grove Studios

Danger Mouse (Brian Burton)
Max Martin
Jack White

International Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by KMR Audio

Tchad Blake
Vance Powell
Dave Sardy

Studio of the Year, sponsored by Pro Sound News Europe

Black Wookie Studios
RAK Studios
Snap! Studios
Sphere Studios

The A&R Award

Darcus Beese (Universal Island)
Korda Marshall (Infectious Music)
Richard Russell (XL Recordings)

The Unsung Hero Award

Mark Thompson (Funky Junk/Snap Studios)
Sarah Liversedge (The Movement/BDI)
Rebecca de la Porta & Paul Walmsley (Polydor/Fiction)

The winners of the MPG Innovation Award and the MPG Inspiration Award will be announced at the Awards ceremony in February.

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