From sharp scouts to esteemed veterans...


The A&R Awards strive to recognise A&R talents from across the spectrum of the UK music business - from major to not-so-major.

Both individual and team awards will be bestowed on the night - with shortlists selected by Music Business Worldwide's esteemed Advisory Board plus a string of key execs from the global industry.

Our individual awards promise to be something extra special. These will recognise A&R prowess from execs in various genres - from pop to hip-hop/grime, electronic and rock/alternative.

Special moments will include The Artist Loyalty Award, which recognises an A&R presence who has stuck by the side of an act through thick and thin.

Meanwhile, we will also crown our first A&R Icon - celebrating an individual who changed the game for the creative side of the music business, and whose influence continues to reverberate.

Team awards will include Label of the Year, Independent Label of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and Management Company of the Year.

In addition, two special 'Breaking' awards have been created for new artist projects - one for blockbuster acts, and another for those who are bubbling under... and promising something special in future.

THE A&R AWARDS 2016: All the categories


Breaking artist project: Emerging

Breaking artist project: Blockbuster

A&R Scout

Producer Of The Year

A&R Of The Year: Pop/R&B

A&R Of The Year: Rock/Alternative

A&R Of the Year: Electronic

A&R Of the Year: Hip-hop/Grime

The Artist Loyalty Award

A&R Icon

Independent Publisher Of The Year

Publisher Of The Year

Management Company

Independent Label Of The Year

Label Of The Year