UK: Tony Wadsworth (pictured), Chris Blackwell and Mickie Most are among those in the running for the special prize, reports PSN-e. A total of 20 leading industry figures past and present are under consideration for the Music Week honour, which recognises the most influential UK-based industry executive of the past five decades.
The final winner will be revealed at the Music Week Awards on April 8 as the magazine marks its 50th anniversary.
In addition to Island Records founder Blackwell, producer Mickie Most and former EMI UK & Ireland head (and current BPI chairman) Tony Wadsworth, the list also makes room for legendary Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, Decca founder Sir Edward Lewis, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, promoter Harvey Goldsmith and Virgin founder Richard Branson, among others.
The panel charged with drawing up the list included The Agency Group's Neil Warnock and UK Music chairman Andy Heath.
"To try to come up with a definitive list of the 20 most influential UK music industry executives of the past 50 years is virtually an impossible job because there are so many other names than those selected that could have made the grade," said Music Week editor Paul Williams. "However, the judges have come as near as is possible to create such a list, which properly represents Music Week's 50 years by spanning different eras and different disciplines."