Neneh Cherry to receive Pioneer Award at the A&Mas

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) have today (Thursday) revealed that Neneh Cherry will be honoured with award at the Facebook sponsored 2019 Artists & Manager Awards (A&Mas).

Neneh’s career has spanned three decades, during which time she created the era defining albums Raw Like Sushi, Homebrew and Man and had a string of hit singles including Buffalo Stance, Manchild and 7 Seconds with Youssou N’Dour.

Alongside her solo work she has collaborated with a range of artists from Massive Attack, on their pioneering album Blue Lines, Michael Stipe, Robyn, Lenny Kravitz, Tricky, Chrissie Hynde, Four Tet and her husband Camron McVey.

More recently, Neneh has found success with the jazz project Neneh Cherry & the Thing and her critically acclaimed solo albums Blank Project (2014) and Broken Politics (2018).

The MMF and FAC have also announced that the travel, lifestyle and hospitality brand Selina will be the A&Mas headline sponsor and will offer winner of the A&MAs Breakthrough Artist an all-expenses paid one-week trip to Medellin to use their facilities.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 November at the Bloomsbury Big Top and will presented by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stevens.

Previous recipients of the Pioneer Award include Kano, Giggs, Michael ‘Buck’ Maris & Trenton Harrison-Lewis, Imogen Heap, Ruth Daniel and Amanda Palmer.

Lucy Pullin, FAC board member, says: ‘As a young girl, the jaw-dropping sight of an eight months proud and pregnant Neneh Cherry ripping up TOTP with her hit Buffalo Stance was unforgettable, and is still a talking point today. She was the only artist I’d ever seen performing pregnant and her attitude and confidence was and remains beyond inspirational in this industry. Thank you Neneh – that is true female empowerment, and way ahead of the nineties.

‘Fast forward on, past multiple hits and albums later, to watching Neneh’s career-spanning set at Glastonbury this year. She has had an incredible career and her unique sound and energised performances have an ongoing influence made even more powerful by the fact that, having already reshaped musical culture and norms in music, she is still pushing creative and cultural boundaries decades later.  In partnership with Facebook and the illustrious board of the FAC we are delighted to honour Neneh Cherry with our Pioneer Award.”

Annabella Coldrick, chief executive, MMF comments: ‘With a return to the Bloomsbury Big Top, 2019s A&MAs is already looking like our biggest and best yet. The ceremony pays tribute to the world’s most innovative and pioneering artists and managers, and it therefore feels entirely fitting to have Selina onboard as our headline sponsor as they bring their unique lifestyle residential model to the UK and Europe. What they are offering looks hugely exciting for our community. We are equally delighted to have Radio 1’s recognised champion of new music, Huw Stephens, onboard as our host and presenter.’

Ariel Levinsohn, vice president brand & creative, SELINA, adds: ‘The synergy between Selina and the A&MAs has presented an effortless partnership, and we’re thrilled to be the 2019 sponsors of such a prestigious ceremony that champions pioneering talent. Music is a key element within the Selina ecosystem; we have more than 200 shows a month at Selina locations and hope to scale to 500 by the end of the year, along with recording studios and festival partnerships. We can’t wait to work more closely with MMF and FAC moving forward to highlight and support innovation within the music industry.’

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