Nicely, that was a bit particular.
The A&R Awards, MBW’s UK-focused annual awards ceremony in affiliation with Abbey Highway Studios, passed off yesterday night (November 8) in central London.
As we introduced earlier this week, the A&R Icon Award – recognizing a profession’s work that has endlessly modified the face of the music enterprise – was collected by legendary Island Data founder, Chris Blackwell.
Blackwell, 85, was launched on stage by YouTube‘s International Head of Music, Lyor Cohen. A heartfelt and reverential video message to Blackwell from Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of Common Music Group, was performed to a hushed room.
(Chris Blackwell’s speech, as the five hundred+ attendees of the awards all know, was a jaw-dropping second. MBW will likely be publishing that speech, alongside the tributes from Cohen and Grainge, quickly.)
Huge winners on the A&R Awards 2022 included P2J (Producer Of The 12 months), Child Harpoon (Songwriter Of The 12 months), Cat Burn’s Go (Music Of The 12 months), Atlantic Data UK (Main Label Of The 12 months), Common Music Publishing UK (Writer Of The 12 months: Class 1), September Administration (Artist Administration Firm), Owain Davies (Supervisor Of The 12 months), Soiled Hit (Impartial Label), Stellar Songs / Tim & Danny Music (Writer Of The 12 months: Class 2), and Michael Adex (the Richard Antwi: Trailblazer Award).
An array of people additionally picked up awards for his or her work in music over the previous 12 months, together with Jo Charrington (A&R Of The 12 months: Pop/R&B), Samuel Adebayo (Modern Black Music), Chris Briggs (Grownup Modern), Anton Powers (Dance/Digital), Amy Morgan (Various/Rock), and James Bullock & Matt Prior (A&R Administrator / ‘The Forbesie’).
The closing award on the night time was one other very massive deal: the Sir George Martin Award, which acknowledges a recent music government or entrepreneur who has garnered widespread respect amongst the artistic neighborhood.
The 2022 Sir George Martin Award was introduced to Man Moot, Co-Chairman and CEO of Warner Chappell Music globally.
Moot was launched on stage by his good friend, the Grammy-winning producer Salaam Remi – who flew in particularly for the occasion from Miami.
You may see a full record of winners from final night time’s awards beneath.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS Music Administration
- Thomas Hull (Child Harpoon)
SONG OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS Music Administration
- Go – carried out by Cat Burns (Burns/Morgan)
The Artist To Watch Award, in Partnership with VEVO DSCVR
A&R OF THE YEAR: ADULT CONTEMPORARY
A&R OF THE YEAR: CONTEMPORARY BLACK MUSIC – SUPPORTED BY SPOTIFY
- Samuel Adebayo – Island
A&R OF THE YEAR: ELECTRONIC/DANCE
A&R OF THE YEAR: POP/R&B – SUPPORTED BY CONCORD
A&R OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ROCK – SUPPORTED BY SESSION Studio
- Amy Morgan – September Administration
A&R ADMINISTRATOR (‘THE FORBESIE’) – SUPPORTED BY PPL
MANAGEMENT COMPANY (THE DAVID ENTHOVEN AWARD) – SUPPORTED BY CENTTRIP
MANAGER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY YOUTUBE SHORTS
- Owain Davies – OD Administration
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (1) – SUPPORTED BY MILK & HONEY
- Common Music Publishing UK
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (2)
- Stellar Songs / Tim & Danny Music
MAJOR LABEL – SUPPORTED BY VOLY MUSIC
The Richard Antwi: Trailblazer Award
The Sir George Martin Award
The A&R Icon Award – supported by YouTube Music
Music Enterprise Worldwide
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