Producer Trevor Horn will receive the award for “outstanding contribution to UK music”at the 2014 Music Producers Guild awards in February.
The award, sponsored by PPL, recognises Horn’s influential career in which he has penned and produced hits for artists such as Robbie Williams, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Grace Jones.
Fran Nevrkla OBE, chairman of PPL, says: "PPL is particularly proud to be the sponsor of this award, which is bestowed on special individuals by their own community of record producers and others involved in studio production. Trevor is one of the most uniquely talented creative individuals, having achieved international fame both as a recording artist and a producer. His enormous success over so many decades is almost without parallel and it speaks for itself.” Horn is an accomplished musician and producer, having earned himself the moniker of “the man who invented the Eighties” for his work with the likes of The Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, Seal and his production of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “I have known Trevor for over 30 years and have always admired his innovative production skills. He has always pioneered the use of new technology and is always happy to exchange and share his knowledge with other producers and with manufactures to help move that technical curve further forward. He is a very worth recipient of this extremely prestigious award." The 2013 ceremony will be hosted at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall after being held at Café de Paris for five consecutive years. The decision to change the venue was made in order to accommodate more guests. At the time of writing, news reached PSNEurope that there was the possibility of Horn and his band The Producers playing a live set at the event. MPG declined to comment on the suggestion. www.mpgawards.com