Music legend David Bowie was honoured with a top prize at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards in London on Thursday night (13Feb14). The Let's Dance hitmaker landed the Innovation Award in recognition of his 2013 comeback album The Next Day.
He was not present to pick up the trophy in person, so his producer Tony Visconti accepted it for him, telling the crowd, "On behalf of my friend David Bowie it feels absolutely great... No one believed that David Bowie was going to make another album and so the timing was perfect, because everyone kind of gave up on him. There were rumours of bad health and rumours of retirement, and I'm laughing my head off every time I hear them."
During the show, British producer/songwriter Trevor Horn was handed the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music award by his collaborator Seal and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Seal, who won three Grammy Awards with Horn for their hit 1995 track Kiss From A Rose, said of his mentor, "I don't think it would have been possible for me to have had the career that I've had and enjoyed the success that I continue to enjoy without Trevor Horn... being in my life. He is a huge influence. He pretty much taught me what I know in terms of my trade in the music industry."
The pair later took to the stage together to perform Kiss From A Rose.
Production duo Flood and Alan Moulder landed the U.K. Producer Of The Year prize, which automatically earned them a BRIT Award, and Disclosure brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence scooped the Breakthrough Producer accolade for their band's debut album Settle.
Everything Everything's hit track Kemosabe was named UK Single Of The Year, Nile Rodgers took the Inspiration Award, and International Producer Of The Year went to Rick Rubin.