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Sweet dreams are made of this: MPG to give Dave Stewart highest honour

Producer and musician to receive Outstanding Contribution Award at February gongfest

Musician, multimedia entrepreneur, producer and ex-Eurythmics collaborator Dave Stewart has been named by the Music Producers Guild as the 2015 recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, sponsored by PPL.

The award will be presented to Dave Stewart at the MPG 2015 Awards, which take place on Thursday 12 February next year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

MPG Awards director Tony Platt says: “Dave Stewart embodies all the qualities of a modern music producer, embracing all forms of media including music, film, TV and photography. His various roles from musician to producer, director and co-founder of a highly successful creative member’s club (http://www/ underpin his collaborative attitude towards creativity. In this respect he is a shining example of everything that is great about the UK music industry, which is why we, with the support of PPL, are honouring him with this prestigious MPG Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music – in short because he is outstanding.”

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the Music Producers Guild Awards celebrate the contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. Last year’s Awards attracted more than 300 guests to see 16 Award recipients honoured. In 2015, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year category with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

Dave Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the pop-rock duo Eurythmics. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) was the breakthrough single, reaching #2 on the UK singles chart and #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in September 1983.

Stewart went on to produce albums and co-write songs for U2’s Bono, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more. Stewart produced four albums in 2014 alone.

In addition, Stewart has recently expanded the management and production divisions of his company, producing videos for Deadmau5, Neon Trees, Lionel Richie, Kaskade, and many more.

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL, says: “Dave Stewart has had a phenomenal career and has long been recognised as one of the most respected and sought after producers in the industry. Having collaborated with so many of the world’s leading artists as well as co-founding Eurythmics, it is only fitting that he receives the MPG’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in 2015.”

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