At this point, even we don’t know what it is. There’s just something in the air at this event.
Last night in London, the great and good of the British music industry gathered for The A&R Awards – the UK-focused ceremony presented by MBW, in association with Abbey Road Studios.
As ever, the event recognised and celebrated artistic and industry talent across songwriting, production, record labels, music publishers, talent management and more.
From there, the magic moments just kept coming. Where to start?
Roy Eldridge (Icon), presented by his son, Sam. Jusnah Gadi winning the Trailblazer: Richard Antwi award. And then, of course, Tim and Danny.
Tim and Danny, man!
Big winners on the night included Songwriter Of The Year: the Sony Music Publishing-signed Lostboy (aka Peter Rycroft). Producer of the Year went to Catherine Marks for her work with Boygenius.
Warner Chappell UK – home to RAYE, Dave, and Stormzy amongst others – had a big night, winning Publisher Of The Year (in the ‘major’ publisher category), while the company’s Amber Davis, took home the A&R Of The Year (Pop) prize.
It was also a big night for Virgin Music Group (winning UK Artist/Label Services company, primarily judged on UK-sourced signings – which in VMG’s case over the past year included Rema/Mavin Records). And Atlantic Records UK took home Major Label for the second year in a row, reflecting its work with artists including Burna Boy, Fred Again, and Ed Sheeran.
In addition to our returning headline partner, Abbey Road Studios, supporters of this year’s A&R Awards include Centtrip, Hipgnosis Song Management, Luminate, Milk & Honey, PPL, PRS For Music, SoundCloud, Spotify, TikTok, Vevo, YouTube Shorts and YouTube Music.
More coverage will be coming soon. For now, here’s every winner.
- Lyor Cohen
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
- Catherine Marks
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS SONG MANAGEMENT
- Lostboy (Peter Rycroft)
SONG OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY HIPGNOSIS SONG MANAGEMENT
- Dance The Night – performed by Dua Lipa (Lipa/Wyatt/Ronson/Ailin)
A&R Of The Year: Adult Contemporary
- Jamie Nelson – BMG
A&R Of The Year: Contemporary Black Music – supported by Spotify
- Kilo Jalloh, Moe Bah & Mel Ijieh – 5K Records
A&R Of The Year: Electronic / Dance – supported by SoundCloud
- Pete Simmons – Universal Music Publishing UK
A&R Of The Year: Pop – supported by PRS For Music
- Amber Davis – Warner Chappell UK
A&R Of The Year: Alternative
A&R Administrator (‘The Forbesie’) – supported by PPL
- Paul Walmsley and Rebecca La Porta – Polydor
Artist MANAGEMENT COMPANY (THE DAVID ENTHOVEN AWARD) – SUPPORTED BY CENTTRIP
- Eleven Management
Songwriter/Producer Management Company
- Milk & Honey Management
MANAGER OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY YOUTUBE SHORTS
- Benny Scarrs & Jack Foster
Artist/label Services Company (UK)
- Virgin Music Group
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (1) – SUPPORTED BY MILK & HONEY
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR (2)
INDEPENDENT Record Company – supported by TikTok
MAJOR LABEL – SUPPORTED BY Luminate
- Atlantic Records UK
Icon – supported by YouTube
- Roy Eldridge
Trailblazer: The Richard Antwi Award
- Jusnah Gadi
The Sir George Martin Award
- Tim Blacksmith & Danny D
Music Business Worldwide