The tenth edition of the MPG Awards took place at Grosvenor House on London's Park Lane last night, with five of the top awards going to women in what will be seen as a major turning point in the event's history and a triumph for the ongoing struggle for gender equality in the music industry.
The event saw Producer Catherine Marks (pictured, above) carry off the top accolade of UK Producer Of The Year. Marks, who previously won the MPG’s Breakthrough Producer Of The Year Award in 2016, was nominated this year for her work on The Amazons’ self-titled album, Manchester Orchestra’s album A Black Mile To The Surface and The Big Moon’s Love In The 4 Dimension.
The MPG Awards 2018 also honoured producer and musician Imogen Heap with the Inspiration Award.
2018 MPG Awards
The other big winners of the night Manon Grandjean, who carried off the Recording Engineer Of The Year Award presented by grime superstar Stormzy.
Marta Salogni won Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year and Jane Third won the A&R Award. The artists they have collectively worked include Stormzy, London Grammar, The xx, Kasabian, Feist, Goldfrapp, Frank Ocean and Slaves.
The MPG Awards 2018 also saw Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley honoured with the (PPL-sponsored) Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, recognising one of the most influential partnerships in music production over the last 40 years.
Developing a sound described as “That English Pop Thing”, Langer and Winstanley have a credit list that reads like a pop hall of fame and includes many classic albums, not least Elvis Costello’s Punch The Clock, Dexys Midnight Runners’ Too-Rye-Ay and Bush’s best-selling album Sixteen Stone and numerous Madness albums.
Tony Platt, MPG Awards managing director, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of MPG Awards and it is especially encouraging to see the emergence of so much fresh new talent alongside the success of earlier breakthrough winners and the deserved recognition for more established talent. I think we have every right to be proud of the milestone this represents - long may it continue!"
For a full list of 2018 MPG Award winners and sponsors, please see the list below:
UK Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Kii Audio
PPL Presents The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music:
Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley
Recording Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by AMS Neve:
Mix Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic:
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Mastering Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Miloco Studios:
UK Album Of The Year, sponsored by Universal Audio:
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human
UK Single Song Release Of The Year, sponsored by Shure:
Royal Blood – Lights Out
Re-mixer Of The Year, sponsored by Novation:
Breakthrough Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Focusrite:
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Genelec:
International Producer Of The Year, sponsored by British Grove Studios:
Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee
Self Producing Artist Of The Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio:
Dave Bayley (Glass Animals)
Studio Of The Year, sponsored by RME:
The A&R Award, sponsored by The Association of Independent Music (AIM):
The MPG Special Recognition Award sponsored by Solid State Logic:
The MPG Award For Inspiration, sponsored by Audio Note: