The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios returns to London on the evening of Tuesday, November 6 – and today we can reveal who’s in contention to win one of the UK-focused ceremony’s coveted trophies.
A range of individual and team awards will be handed out on the night to those working in both independent and major sectors across record labels, publishing and management.
In addition, Songwriter Of The Year and Producer Of The Year awards will recognise the finest behind-the-scenes UK musical creatives, voted on by a worldwide panel of expert and experienced A&R figures.
Our individual A&R awards – also counting A&R duos – are once again segmented by genre. (To be clear: the nominees and winners of these categories have done great things within these genres over the past year, but are certainly not exclusively defined by them.)
These categories are: Adult Contemporary, Electronic/Dance, Hip-Hop/Grime, Alternative/Rock and Pop/R&B. An A&R Administrator Award will be collected by an individual without whom a record company simply couldn’t operate.
Then come the team awards.
These include two Publisher Of The Year gongs (for UK pubs above and below a certain size threshold), Major Label Of The Year, Independent Label Of The Year and Management Company of The Year (aka The David Enthoven Award).
All of these categories will be voted on by a select cast of global music business experts in the coming weeks.
In addition, three very special awards will be handed out on the night: The Sir George Martin Award, The Artist Loyalty Award and, of course, The A&R Icon Award.
Presented by MBW, The A&R Awards take place at a new venue for 2018: the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London WC2.
Platinum tables have now sold out, but a few Gold tables on the show floor are still available.
In addition to our returning headline partner, Abbey Road Studios, supporters of this year’s A&R Awards include Centtrip Music, Downtown, and Instrumental.
Would-be sponsors looking to get in front of our audience should email Dave@musicbizworldwide.com (and do so soon).
Deep breath. Here come the finalists….
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
- Cam Blackwood
- Catherine Marks
- Mark Ralph
- Nana Rogues
- Steve Fitzmaurice
- Steve Mac
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY DOWNTOWN
- Camille Purcell
- Fred Gibson
- Jamie Scott
- Janée Bennett
- Jimmy Napes
- Joel Pott
- Steve Mac
A&R OF THE YEAR: ADULT CONTEMPORARY
- Dan Chalmers & Tris Penna – Eastwest
- Dominic Fyfe – Decca Classics
- Ferdy Unger-Hamilton – Columbia Records
- Jamie Nelson – BMG
- Tom Lewis – Decca
A&R OF THE YEAR: ELECTRONIC/DANCE
- Darryl Watts & Colette Goodfellow – UMPG
- David Ventura – Sony/ATV
- Dipesh Parmar – Ministry Of Sound
- Jamie Spinks – Polydor
- Jason Ellis – Positiva/Virgin EMI
- Jon Barlow – 3Beat
- Mike Pickering & Julian Palmer – Columbia
A&R OF THE YEAR: HIP-HOP/GRIME
- Alex Boateng – Island
- Amber Davis – Warner/Chappell
- Benny Scarrs & Jack Foster (& Dave) – NBR Hood
- Caroline Simionescu-Marin – XL Recordings
- Glyn Aikins & Riki Bleau – Since ’93
- Rich Castillo – Polydor
- Semtex – Sony Music
A&R OF THE YEAR: POP/R&B
- Alec Boateng & Briony Turner – Atlantic
- Ali Fletcher – Insanity
- Annie Christensen – Island
- Ed Howard & Kevin Christian Blair – Atlantic
- Ben Mortimer – Polydor
- Joe Kentish – Warner Bros
- Jo Charrington & Nick Raphael – Capitol
A&R OF THE YEAR: ALTERNATIVE/ROCK
- Amy Morgan – Beggars Music
- Charlie Christie & Theo Lalic – September Management
- Jamie Oborne – Dirty Hit
- Korda Marshall – BMG
- Matt Riley – AWAL
- Mike Ajayi – Virgin EMI
- Simon Raymonde – Bella Union
- Conor O’Mahony – Warner Music
- Heather Gooding – Sony Music
- Karyn Hughes – Decca
- Paul Walmsley & Rebecca La Porta – Polydor
- Steve Skelton – Virgin EMI
- Concord Music
- Universal Music Publishing
- Beggars Music
- Bucks Music
- Good Soldier Songs
- Spirit B-Unique
- Bella Union
- Dirty Hit
- Good Soldier
- XL Recordings
MANAGEMENT COMPANY (THE DAVID ENTHOVEN AWARD) – SUPPORTED BY CENTTRIP MUSIC
- Closer Artists
- Machine Management
- Modest! Management
- September Management
- TaP Management
- UROK Management
- Wildlife Entertainment
- Virgin EMI
- Warner Bros
Music Business Worldwide