Well, that was a bit special.
A&R awardsMBW’s annual UK-focused awards ceremony in association with Abbey Road Studios, took place last night (8 November) in central London.
As we announced earlier this week, the A&R Icon Award – honoring work from a career that forever changed the face of the music industry – has been won by the legendary Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell.
Blackwell, 85, was introduced on stage by YoutubeGlobal Music Director Lyor Cohen. A heartfelt and reverent video message to Blackwell from Sir Lucian GraingeChairman and CEO of Universal Music Groupwas performed in a quiet room.
(Chris Blackwell’s speech, as all of the 500+ awards attendees know, was a jaw-dropping moment. MBW will publish that speech soon, alongside tributes from Cohen and Grainge.)
Big winners from the 2022 A&R Awards include P2J (Producer of the Year), Kid Harpoon (Songwriter of the Year), Cat Burn’s Go (Song of the Year), Atlantic Records UK (Major Label Of The Year), Universal Music Publishing UK (Publisher Of The Year: Category 1), September Management (Artist Management Company), Owain Davies (Manager Of The Year), Dirty blow (independent label), Stellar Songs / Tim & Danny Music (publisher of the year: category 2) and Michael Adex (Richard Antwi: Trailblazer Award).
A range of people have also won awards for their work in music over the past year, including Jo Charrington (A&R of the Year: Pop/R&B), Samuel Adebayo (Black Contemporary Music), Chris Briggs (Adult Contemporary), Anton Powers (Dance/Electronic), Amy Morgan (Alternative/Rock) and James Bullock and Matt Prior (A&R Administrator / ‘The Forbesie’).
Another very big deal was the evening’s closing prize: the Sir George Martin Prize, which recognizes a contemporary music leader or entrepreneur who has earned the respect of the creative community.
Moot was introduced on stage by his friend, Grammy-winning producer Salaam Remi – who flew in especially for the event from Miami.
You can see the full list of winners from last night’s awards below.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSE Song management
- Thomas Hull (Kid Harpoon)
SONG OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS Song Management
- Go – performed 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 CONCORDE
A&R OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ROCK – SUPPORTED BY SESSION Studio
- Amy Morgan – September Management
A&R DIRECTOR (‘THE FORBESIE’) – SUPPORTED BY BVG
MANAGEMENT SOCIETY (THE DAVID ENTHOVEN AWARD) – SUPPORTED BY CENTTRIP
MANAGER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY YOUTUBE SHORTS
- Owain Davies – DO Management
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (1) – SUPPORTED BY MILK & HONEY
- Universal Music Publishing UK
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (2)
- Stellar Songs / Tim & Danny Music
MAJOR LABEL – SUPPORTED BY VOLY MUSIC
Richard Antwi Award: Trailblazer
The Sir George Martin Prize
The A&R Icon Award – supported by youtube music
The music industry around the world