The A&R Awards 2021 Categories
The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios is the UK music industry’s most enjoyable night out – with its worthiest winners.
Big moments at the ceremony include The Sir George Martin Award. Named in honour of the legendary Beatles producer, the gong recognises an individual with a proven track record of truly artist-friendly A&R – combined with commercial success – who continues to sign contemporary hitmakers today.
In addition, there will be an A&R Icon award, presented to an individual whose actions have truly changed the game for the creative side of the music business, and whose influence continues to reverberate today.
Meanwhile, The A&R Loyalty Award celebrates a longstanding relationship between an industry exec and a standout artist – who have stood by each other through thick and thin over the years.
There’s also a host of both individual and team awards to recognise the best A&Rs currently operating in the UK industry, across genres such as Electronic/Dance, Contemporary Black Music, Adult Contemporary, Pop/R&B and Rock/Alternative.
Team awards include Label of the Year and Independent Label of the Year, plus there’s a pair of Publisher Of The Year gongs and a Management Company of the Year prize.
2021 will also see the return of the Artist To Watch Award (in association with Vevo) and Song Of The Year.