The awards will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on 27 February 2020 and the event, now in it’s 12th year, will feature 15 award categories.
The MPG Awards celebrate the best and brightest talent in music production, along with the industry’s rising stars and previous winners have included Sir George Martin CBE, Skepta, FKA Twigs, Roni Size, Sylvia Massy, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn and Dave Stewart.
Yet again, female producers and engineers are actively represented with Marta Salogni (Bjork, M.I.A) up for Breakthrough Producer Of The Year, Katie Tavini (Decca Records, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) nominated for Mastering Engineer Of The Year, and Isabel Gracefield (Adele and Sam Smith) in line to receive Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year.
Other noteworthy names on the 2020 shortlist include Cam Blackwood and Dan Carey who are all in the running for UK Producer Of The Year Award, Jon Hopkins, Matthew Herbert and UNKLE who are all up for Re-mixer Of The Year and Francis Rossi (Status Quo), George Daniel, Matthew Healy (The 1975) and James Blake who are shortlisted for Self-Producing Artist Of The Year.
Dani Bennett Spragg (pictured) winner of Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year at the 2019 MPG Awards says: ‘I was really honoured to win Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the 2019 awards. It felt great to be recognised for the work I’d done in the previous year and to be really welcomed into the industry.’
Tony Platt, managing director, MPG Awards, adds: ‘It is always an exciting moment when we are able to reveal the wealth of talent reflected in the shortlists. The judging day comes next and it is a testament to the respect with which these Awards are now regarded, how seriously our judging panel take their role in the process. Best of luck to all the nominees – I wish they could all win!’
Final judging for the 2020 Awards will take place at Strongroom Studio on 3 December 2019.
The shortlist for the MPG 2020 Awards are as follows:
UK Producer Of The Year
Recording Engineer Of The Year
Mix Engineer Of The Year
Mark 'Spike' Stent
Re-mixer Of The Year
Breakthrough Producer Of the Year
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
George Daniel, Matthew Healy (The 1975)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year
International Producer Of The Year
Mastering Engineer Of The Year
UK Album Of The Year
Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
IDLES Joy as an Act of Resistance
The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
UK Single Song Release Of The Year
Marika Hackman i'm not where you are
Radiohead Ill Wind
Stormzy Vossi Bop
The A&R Award
Studio Of The Year
The Church Studios
The MPG 2020 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:
The MPG Inspiration Award
PPL Present The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL
The Special Recognition Award