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Skepta to receive MPG 2019 inspiration award

Posted on: Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Recording artist, writer, producer, Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee, Skepta will be the recipient of the 2019 Inspiration Award. This prestigious award, sponsored by Audio Note, is given to a recording professional who, in the opinion of the MPG Awards board of directors, is responsible for a body of work that has significantly inspired others. Previous recipients have included Imogen Heap, Nile Rodgers, Roni Size, Damon Albarn, Glyn Johns and Sylvia Massy.

Since emerging as a producer and MC back in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most important British artists working in music today. He has built an era defining catalogue of hits, releasing four studio albums and appearing as a featured artist on numerous successful releases.

Skepta’s music has been predominantly associated with the grime scene but he has built up a broad, and diverse fan-base with his influence felt across contemporary culture on a global scale.

Bruno Ellingham, executive director of the MPG, said: “Skepta has been at the forefront of the grime scene for some time, his influence now crosses genres and is felt not only in music but in the art and fashion worlds too.  Now feels like the perfect time to acknowledge his achievements and we are thrilled to be presenting him with this prestigious Award.”

The shortlists for each of the MPG 2019 Awards categories (in no particular order) are as follows:

UK Producer Of The Year, sponsored by Flare Audio
Cam Blackwood
Dave Eringa
James Ford

Recording Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by AMS Neve
Guy Massey
Matt Wiggins
Sean Genockey

Mix Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Miloco Studios
Cenzo Townshend
David Wrench
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

Re-mixer Of The Year, sponsored by Synchro Arts
IYEARA
Matthew Herbert
Shura

Breakthrough Producer Of the Year, sponsored by Focusrite
Dilip Harris
Mark Rankin
Rhiannon Mair

Self-Producing Artist Of The Year, sponsored by Spitfire Audio
Four Tet (Kieran Hebden)
Jon Hopkins
Tori Amos

Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Genelec
Cecile Desnos
Dani Bennett Spragg
Rhiannon Mair

International Producer Of The Year, sponsored by RME
David Byrne
Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) and Ludwig Goransson
Greg Kurstin

Mastering Engineer Of The Year, sponsored by Kii Audio
John Davis
Mandy Parnell
Tim Young

UK Album Of The Year, sponsored by Universal Audio
Arctic Monkeys: ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
Everything Everything: ‘A Fever Dream’
Nadine Shah: ‘Holiday Destination’

UK Single Song Release Of The Year, sponsored by Shure
Anna Calvi: ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’
George Ezra: ‘Shotgun’
The 1975: ‘Love It If We Made It’

The A&R Award, sponsored by DAFT Studios
Briony Turner
Gilles Peterson
Holly Manners

Studio Of The Year, sponsored by Soundgas
British Grove Studios
Strongroom
Urchin Studios

The MPG 2019 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:

The MPG Inspiration Award, sponsored by Audio Note
PPL Present The MPG Award For Outstanding Contribution To UK Music, sponsored by PPL
The Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Steinberg

The MPG Awards, will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on February 28th 2019. For price information and bookings, please follow this link: http://www.mpg.org.uk/mpg-awards/2019-tickets/

Non-members can purchase tickets here: https://www.musicglue.com/mpg-awards/events/2019-02-28-mpg-awards-2019-grosvenor-house-hotel



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