A record number of women have been shortlisted for the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards 2019, with rising stars Cecile Desnos, Dani Bennett Spragg and Rhiannon Mair all in the running.
A third of all nominees are female, up from a quarter in 2018, marking an important milestone for a traditionally male-dominated area of the music industry.
Desnos, Bennett and Mair will go head to head in the Breakthrough Engineer category, while Mair also receives a second nomination in the Breakthrough Producer of the Year category.
Elsewhere, Shura is in the running for the Remixer of the Year title, alongside Matthew Herbert and IYEARA.
The Album of the Year category will be contested by Nadine Shah (Holiday Destination), Arctic Monkeys (Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino) and Everything Everything (A Fever Dream).
Mastering Engineer of the Year shortlisters include Mandy Parnell, John Davis and Tim Young.
Cam Blackwood, Dave Eringa and James Ford are all nominated for UK Producer of the Year.
Catherine Marks (pictured above), the MPG’s 2018 Producer of the Year winner, said: ‘The MPG Awards are such a great event in our year as it gives us an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of our engineering and producer community.
‘It was such an honour to win Producer of the Year in 2018, especially in a year where so many other women were acknowledged and awarded. I am looking forward to the MPG Awards next year and wish everyone who is nominated the best of luck.’
Final judging will take place at Abbey Road Studios in early December and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, on 28 February.
Now in its 11th year, the MPG Awards feature 16 award categories. Previous award winners include Sir George Martin CBE, FKA Twigs, Roni Size, Sylvia Massy, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn and Dave Stewart.
Full list of nominees
UK Producer Of The Year
Recording Engineer Of The Year
Mix Engineer Of The Year
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Re-mixer Of The Year
Breakthrough Producer Of the Year
Self-Producing Artist Of The Year
Four Tet (Kieran Hebden)
Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year
Dani Bennet Spragg
International Producer Of The Year
Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) and Ludwig Goransson
Mastering Engineer Of The Year
UK Album Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything: A Fever Dream
Nadine Shah: Holiday Destination
UK Single Song Release Of The Year
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
Studio Of The Year
British Grove Studios
Picture credit: Mark Sethi