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The 2022 A&R Awards: the finalists revealed!

We’re less than two months away from the UK music industry’s most enjoyable evening: the A&R Awards, presented by MBW in association with Abbey Road Studios.

Taking place on the evening of tuesday november 8, the 2022 A&R Awards will be held in central London. Platinum tables for the show have already sold out, with only five Gold tables remaining. (To reserve yours, please contact [email protected].)

Today (September 22) we are announcing the finalists for this year’s event, which covers industry activity from October 2021 to September 2022.

Before we do, let’s remember the categories of the big event… including a new addition.


The UK-focused A&R Awards 2022 will again see awards that recognize those working in the independent and major sectors of record labels, publishing and management.

The categories again include Songwriter of the Year and Producer of the Yearin addition to song of the year, which celebrates some of the best hits predominantly written by British (or UK-based) writers during the period.

Additionally, our individual A&R awards – also including A&R duos – are again segmented by gender: contemporary adult; Alternative rock; contemporary black music; Electronic/Dance; and Pop/R&Bplus the ever popular A&R Administrator Awardwho from this year will also be known as “The Forbsie”.

There will also be team rewards, including two Editor of the Year gongs (for UK pubs above and below a certain size threshold), plus Major Label of the Year, Independent Label of the Year and Management company (aka the David Enthoven Prize).

And there is a new category for 2022: Manager of the yearsupported by YouTube Shorts, rewards the effort and achievement of an individual talent manager (or duo) who went the extra mile for their client(s) and reaped the rewards.

Most importantly, there are two special prizes: Our A&R Icon price, plus Sir George Martin Award.

The winners will be determined via confidential voting by a selection of global music industry experts in the coming weeks.

In addition to our returning flagship partner, Abbey Road Studios, supporters of this year’s A&R Awards include Centtrip, Concord Music Publishing, Hipgnosis, Milk & Honey, PPL, Session, Spotify, Vevo, Voly Music, YouTube Shorts and YouTube Music .

Here are this year’s finalists…


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
  • Camille Purcell
  • Dan Carey
  • Fred Gibson (FRED AGAIN)
  • Inflo
  • lost boy
  • Marc Ralph
  • P2J
  • Stuart Prize
  • Thomas Hull (Kid Harpoon)
  • Tre Jean Marie

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS
  • Amy Wedge
  • Camille Purcell
  • Fred Gibson (FRED AGAIN)
  • Inflo
  • Lauren Aquilina
  • pablo bowman
  • Phil Pleste
  • Thomas Hull (Kid Harpoon)
  • Tre Jean Marie
  • Uzoechi Emenike (MNEK)

SONG OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSis
  • Afraid to feel – made by LF System (Simmons/Jefferson/Roebuck)
  • As it was – performed by Harry Styles (Styles/Hull/Johnson)
  • Forget me – performed by Lewis Capaldi (Capaldi/Pollack/Plested/TMS)
  • Go – performed by Cat Burns (Burns/Morgan)
  • Green green grass – performed by George Ezra (Ezra/Pott/Price)
  • Peru – performed by Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran (Fireboy DML/Scott IV/Sheeran/Perine)
  • Call me back – performed by Tom Grennan (Rycroft/Bell/Grennan)
  • seventeen below – performed by Sam Fender (Fender)
  • space man – performed by Sam Ryder (Wadge/Ryder/Wolfgang)
  • Stars light – performed by Dave (Omoregie)

A&R OF THE YEAR: ADULT CONTEMPORARY
  • Chris Briggs – Sony Music
  • Jamie Nelson – BMG
  • Julian Palmer – Colombia
  • Louis Bloom – Island
  • Sam Mumford – Decca

A&R OF THE YEAR: CONTEMPORARY BLACK MUSIC – SUPPORTED BY SPOTIFY
  • Amber Davis & Darryl Parkinson – Warner Chappell
  • Benny Scarrs and Jack Foster – Neighborhood
  • Carl Samuel – Colombia
  • Colin Batsa – EGA/Virgin Music/Capitol
  • Glyn Aikins & Riki Bleau – Since 1993
  • Joe Gossa – Dark Butter
  • Michael Adex – NQ
  • Rich Castillo – EMI Records (formerly Atlantic)
  • Samuel Adebayo – Island
  • Sarah Lockhart – Sony Music Publishing
  • Shabs Jobanputra – Relentless
  • Trenton Harrison-Lewis – Warner Music UK

A&R OF THE YEAR: ELECTRONIC/DANCE
  • Anton Powers – Warner Music UK
  • Briony Turner – Atlantic
  • Dipesh Parmar – Ministry of Sound
  • Harri Davies – Concorde
  • Jack Duckworth – Polydor
  • Jon Barlow – 3 Beats
  • Kevin Christian Blair – Atlantic
  • Mike Pickering – Colombia
  • Nick Burgess & Andy Daniell – Parlophone
  • Pete Simmons – Universal Music Publishing

A&R OF THE YEAR: POP/R&B
  • Alastair Kinross & Chris Briggs – Insanity / Sony Music France
  • Amber Davis – Warner Chappell
  • Ed Howard – Atlantic
  • Glyn Aikins and David Dollimore – Since 1993 / RCA
  • Hugo Turquet – BMG
  • Jo Charrington – EMI Records
  • Kenny McGoff – Kobalt
  • Martin Dell – Colombia
  • Nick Burgess – Doorphone
  • Richard O’Donovan – Polydor

A&R OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ROCK – Supported by Session

A&R ADMINISTRATOR (“The Forbsie”) – Supported by PPL
  • Conor O’Mahony – Warner Music
  • James Bullock and Matt Prior – Sony Music Publishing
  • Jazz Horrocks – BMG
  • Karyn Hughes – Decca
  • Mark Stemp – Island
  • Sarah Vaughan – Sony Music
  • Susie Woodbridge – Warner Chappel Music

MANAGEMENT COMPANY (THE DAVID ENTHOVEN AWARD) – SUPPORTED BY CENTTRIP
  • Closer management
  • Grumpy old management
  • Milk & Honey United Kingdom
  • Piece
  • NQ
  • September management
  • LJS Management
  • Faucet management
  • Three Six Zero
  • UROK

MANAGER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY YOUTUBE MUSIC
  • Alex Martin – AM Music
  • Benny Scarrs and Jack Foster – Neighborhood
  • bello
  • Jazz Sherman – Hunger Management
  • Jonathan Dickins & Rose Moon – September Management
  • Michael Adex – NQ
  • Owain Davies – DO Management
  • Radha Medar
  • Stuart Camp & Gabby Cawthorne – Grumpy Old Management
  • Terry Appiasei – Golden Boy Entertainment

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (1) – SUPPORTED BY MILK & HONEY

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (2)
  • Blue Raincoat Music
  • Concord Music Publishing
  • Downtown
  • Peer music
  • Music Promised Land
  • Tank
  • Stellar Songs
  • Wise Music Group

INDEPENDENT LABEL

MAJOR LABEL – SUPPORTED BY VOLY MUSIC

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