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Nominees announced for 2018 MPG Awards

By | Published on Tuesday 7 November 2017

MPG Awards 2018

Nominations for the 2018 Music Producers Guild Awards have been announced, with women making up almost a quarter of those on the shortlists this year.

Female studio staff often go unrecognised, and many still see recording studios as pretty much a boys’ club. There have been efforts to change this though, including the launch of Laura Marling’s ‘Reversal Of The Muse’ podcast last year.

The 2017 MPG Awards saw two women – Manon Grandjean and Mandy Parnell – take home awards, although they were also the only two woman to receive nominations. This year, eight women are nominated in six of twelve possible categories. Clearly there’s still room for improvement – women are notably absent from the artist-focussed awards – but it’s still a positive step.

“Winning or being nominated at the MPG Awards is a huge honour – it’s a big acknowledgement and achievement to even be considered”, says producer Youth, who took home the Outstanding Contribution prize in 2016. “What’s great about the MPG Awards is that they recognise the diversity of the music industry – something that is very important today. It’s refreshing to see that the 2018 shortlist includes men and women from lots of different backgrounds and genres”.

He continues: “Producers rarely get recognition for all the work they do, as they are behind the scenes. What makes the MPG Awards so great is that they celebrate all the talent and work producers do across all genres. Winning an MPG Award changed my life because you win from the votes of your peers – other music obsessed, kick ass producers like yourself. That’s what makes winning so very special”.

Still to be announced for the 2018 edition, which takes place on 1 Mar in London, are the winners of the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music and MPG Inspiration awards. But as for the other gongs, the full list of nominees is as follows:

UK Producer Of The Year: Catherine Marks, Charlie Andrew, Tom Dalgety

International Producer Of The Year: Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee, Lorde, T Bone Burnett

Recording Engineer Of The Year: Manon Grandjean, Matt Wiggins, Avril Mackintosh

Mix Engineer Of The Year: Cenzo Townshend, David Wrench, Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Remixer Of The Year: Ewan Pearson, Matthew Herbert, UNKLE

Mastering Engineer Of The Year: Barry Grint, Mandy Parnell, Matt Colton

Self-Producing Artist Of The Year: Brian Eno, Glass Animals (Dave Bayley), Sleaford Mods (Jason Williamson & Andrew Fearn)

Breakthrough Producer Of The Year: Ben Baptie, Guy Massey, Jolyon Thomas

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year: Jake Gordon, Marta Salogni, Steph Marziano

UK Album Of The Year: Alt-J – Relaxer, Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being, Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

UK Single Song Release Of The Year: Arcade Fire – Everything Now, Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times, Royal Blood – Lights Out

The A&R Award: Adele White, Ben Durling, Jane Third

Studio Of The Year: Abbey Road Studios, RAK Studios, Strongroom Studios