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Music Producers Guild Awards - The results
It was the second ever Music Producers Guild Awards in London last night, and what a night, as the recording studio world amassed on the Café de Paris to celebrate their contemporaries and the role of the music producer in general. Hosted by 6Music's Nemone, alongside the great and the good of the studio world, Muse were in the house to pick up the prize for Best Single, their self-produced hit 'Uprising', while Dizzee Rascal and his business partner Nick 'Cage' Denton got up on stage to collect the award for Best Album for 'Tongue N Cheek'. The latter was very keen to stress that Beggars label XL Recordings were not involved in this latest Dizzee release (as the awards show screens had suggested), after they allegedly decided to pass on the album, meaning it was fully released by his and the Rascal's own label, Dirtee Stank. Other artists on hand included Jamie T, who presented Cenzo Townshend with the Mix Engineer Of The Year prize; Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, who handed the Breakthrough Producer prize to his old friend, former Delgadoes drummer, Chemikal Underground founder and, now, increasingly prolific producer Paul Savage; and good old Florence Welch who handed over two awards to one of the producers on her debut long player 'Lungs', Mr Paul Epworth, who was named Producer Of The Year, getting himself both an MPG Award and a BRIT in the process. Commenting on his band producing their own album this time round, in his short acceptance speech Muse boy Matt Bellamy thanked some of the producers the band worked with on earlier albums, including John Leckie, for "showing us how you do it", but then added "and thanks to Rick Rubin for showing us how not to do it". Muse's short-lived collaboration with the legendary American producer and Sony Music exec didn't go very well, of course. Alas, Rubin, who won the gong for Best International Producer, didn't make it to the Café de Paris to pick up his prize - sending fellow Sony exec Mike Smith in his place - so the potential for a proper awards show punch up never materialised. The full list of winners from this year's MPG Awards were as follows: Producer Of The Year - sponsored by the BPI: Paul Epworth Recording Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by Prism Sound: Mick Glossop Mix Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by Avid: Cenzo Townshend Mastering Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by SADiE: Tony Cousins (Metropolis Mastering) International Producer Of The Year - sponsored by Focusrite: Rick Rubin Re-mixer Of The Year - sponsored by Discovering Arts: Simian Mobile Disco (James Ford & Jas Shaw) Breakthrough Producer Of The Year - sponsored by Deep Recording Studios: Paul Savage Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year - sponsored by TL Audio: Mark Rankin Live Album Of The Year - sponsored by Shure: Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, Live at the Hollywood Bowl UK Album Of The Year (09) - sponsored by British Grove Studios: Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N Cheek UK Single Of The Year (09) - sponsored by Cream Studios: Muse - Uprising Best Studio - sponsored by Robertson Taylor: Kore Studios Outstanding Contribution To UK Music - sponsored by PPL: Chris Blackwell Unsung Hero - sponsored by Alchemea: Chris Jenkins, Solid State Logic The Joe Meek Award for Innovation In Production - sponsored by 'Joemeek by PMI Audio': Les Paul
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