Fraser T Smith awarded the PPL present Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award
- The Music Producers Guild reveals the shortlist for its 2023 Awards
Today, the MPG Awards 2023, in association with Dolby revealed the shortlist for the 2023 MPG awards. In their 15th year, the awards celebrate the best of British Production talent working behind the scenes in the British music industry. They will take place on the 27th April at The Tower Hotel St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD. Tickets are on-sale now.
Following a record number of open submissions from the general public, MPG members have again voted to shortlist three of their peers in each of the 14 awards categories.
Dave Emery, David Wrench and Emre Ramazanoglu are all in the running to receive the Dolby Atmos Mix Of The Year award. This new award was introduced to reflect the ever-evolving industry and recognise Dolby Atmos as a new standard for generating creative, engaging and truly immersive audio.
Francine Perry, Joseph Rodgers and Will Purton are in the mix for the Rising Star award, which was introduced last year and replaces the breakthrough engineer category to include early-career recording, mix and mastering engineers, in an effort to highlight more of the new talent rising up through the industry.
Matt Taylor, Executive Director of the MPG, said: “We’re proud to have reached our 15th year at the MPG Awards, and although our industry has changed over that time, we have strived to reflect and celebrate each evolution while focusing on the quality of the work presented, building a more diverse music production community. We’re thrilled to see such a breadth of talent and diversity across all categories as we reach this milestone.”
In addition to these are the gifted awards, given by the MPG and announced ahead of the ceremony. The MPG are delighted to announce producer, songwriter and musician, Fraser T Smith as winner of the PPL Present Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award.
Fraser is a Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello award winner who has worked with the likes of Adele, James Morrison, Tinchy Stryder, Stormzy, Kano, Sam Smith and Dave.
Peter Leathem OBE, CEO of PPL, said: “This award recognises the achievements of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the UK’s success story as a world leader in music. It is fitting, therefore, to recognise Fraser T. Smith for his work over the last three decades as an award-winning and critically acclaimed creator. As a producer, he has been the engine room behind some of the UK’s most influential artists, playing a fundamental role in bringing their voice to the world and demonstrating his versatility across multiple genres, from pop and hip hop to grime and rock; as a performer, he continues to use his music to explore some of the biggest thematic challenges facing our society today; and, as an ambassador, he shares his time and expertise with humility and passion, inspiring future generations of creators through talent development initiatives and helping them to find their voice. Congratulations Fraser from all of us at PPL on this much-deserved award.”
The two remaining gifted awards, The MPG Inspiration Award (sponsored by Audio Note) and The Icon Award will be announced in the coming months.
Previous MPG award winners include Paul Epworth (Adele), Nile Rodgers, FKA Twigs, Marta Salogni (Björk, Animal Collective, Anna Meredith and Bon Iver), Dr Susan Rodgers (Prince) and Joan Armatrading.
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The shortlists for each of the MPG 2023 Awards categories are as follows:
Producer of the Year, sponsored by Flare Audio
Writer-Producer of the Year, sponsored by Hipgnosis
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett
Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress)
Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange)
Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by AMS Neve
Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Avid
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Vocal Producer of the Year
Unsung Hero, sponsored by Musicians Union
The Runner Team at Abbey Road
Atmos Mix of the Year sponsored by Dolby
Studio of the Year, sponsored by Neumann
Original Score Recording of the Year sponsored by Blinding Talent
Clint Mansell: ‘She Will (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’
Hannah Peel: ‘The Midwich Cuckoos (Original Score)’
Tom Howe: ‘Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’
Album of the Year
Harry Styles: ‘Harry’s House’
Kae Tempest: ‘The Line Is A Curve’
The Smile: ‘A Light for Attracting Attention’