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Best Producer: Marcus Dravs
London, UK (February 11, 2011)--London’s Cafe de Paris was filled February 9 for the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards – an annual event that recognizes the skill and talents of music recording professionals.

The top award for Producer of the Year – which also earned its winner a BRIT Award for Best Producer – went to Marcus Dravs, who was nominated for his work as producer on Mumford & Sons album, Sigh No More, and his co-production work alongside the band on Arcade Fire’s album, The Suburbs. Dravs was presented with both his Music Producers Guild and BRIT awards by Chris Martin from Coldplay, whose album he is currently producing.

Other award recipients included Mute founder Daniel Miller, who won the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, and internationally acclaimed producer Tony Visconti, who won the Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production.

Now in its third year, The Music Producers Guild Awards were hosted by BBC 6 Music’s Nemone Metaxas. Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “We had many more nominations this year, and the caliber and array of genres represented by the nominees was incredibly high. These awards mean a great deal to the UK’s professional recording community because they know they are being judged by their peers. Audio professionals are positioned at the very heart of the music industry – we guide the artistic creation that is the lifeblood of our industry. We are delighted that, once again, we have been able to highlight their remarkable achievements before such an extensive and illustrious audience.”

In total, 15 Awards were presented. The relationship between artist and recording professional is often close and this was highlighted by the number of artists who attended the ceremony to present their producer with an award. Among them were Boy George, The Coral, Alison Goldfapp, Gary Numan and Razorlight’s Andy Burrows. Others who were not able to attend in person sent video messages of support.

MUSIC PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS 2011 – THE WINNERS

Producer of The Year - sponsored by the BPI:
Marcus Dravs
Shortlist: Ethan Johns, John Leckie, Mike Pela, Stuart Price

Recording Engineer of The Year – sponsored by Prism Sound:
Guy Massey
Shortlist: Phil Brown, Matt Lawrence, Tony Platt

Mix Engineer of The Year – sponsored by Solid State Logic:
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
Shortlist: Mark Rankin, Cenzo Townshend

Mastering Engineer of The Year – sponsored by SADiE:
Tim Young
Shortlist: John Davis, Ray Staff

International Producer of the Year – sponsored by British Grove Studios:
Daniel Lanois
Shortlist: T-Bone Burnett

Live Album of The Year – sponsored by Shure:
BBC Electric Proms 2009
Shortlist: Il Divo – An Evening in Barcelona, Take That – Greatest Day

UK Album of The Year (10) – sponsored by Focusrite:
The Coral – Butterfly House
Shortlist: Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy - Band of Joy

UK Single of The Year (10) – sponsored by PMC:
Plan B – "She Said"
Shortlist: Mumford & Sons – "The Cave," Paloma Faith – "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?"

The Joe Meek Award for Innovation In Production – sponsored by Joe Meek International:
Tony Visconti
Shortlist: Bjork, Trevor Horn

Re-mixer of The Year – sponsored by Novation:
James Rutledge
Shortlist: Freemasons, Simon Gogerly

Breakthrough Producer of The Year sponsored by Deep Recording Studios:
Eliot James
Shortlist: Labrinth (Timothy McKenzie), Starsmith (Finlay Dow-Smith)

Breakthrough Engineer of The Year sponsored by Genelec:
Jake Jackson
Shortlist: Stevan Krakovic, Andy Savours

Studio of the Year– sponsored by Music Week:
Air Studios
Shortlist: Livingston Studios, Metropolis, Strongroom

Outstanding Contribution to UK Music - sponsored by PPL:
Daniel Miller

Unsung Hero – sponsored by Pro Sound News Europe:
Adam Sieff