Blackwell saluted as best of last 50 years

Paul Williams
Blackwell saluted as best of last 50 years

Former Island Records executive Nick Stewart picked up the award on behalf on Blackwell, while there were video tributes from a host of former Island executives such as Marc Marot and Tim Clark. The award marked 50 years of Music Week magazine.

Meanwhile, U2 led video tributes to Partridge, who passed away last year. "I think it's fair to say that you believed in us before we believed in ourselves," Bono said of the man who was an early champion of the band.

Universal were the major winners among the record companies, with Polydor winning Record Company Of The Year, Fiction's Jim Chancellor picking up the A&R Award from Elbow frontman Guy Garvey and Universal's Lost Tunes initiative winning Digital Achievement Of The Year. (A full list of winners is below).

Xl was named Independent Record Company Of The Year on the back of successes from Adele, MIA, Radiohead and Vampire Weekend, while Jeanette Lee won Manager Of The Year for her work with Duffy who turned up to present the award to her.

In an unprecedented move, Universal and EMI shared the spoils for Publisher Of The Year after the two proved too close to separate. Kobalt was named Independent Publisher Of The Year.

AIM chairman and CEO Alison Wenham also picked up a special achievement award, marking ten years of the indies association.

Music Week editor Paul Williams says, "I thought tonight showed that, despite all the evident difficulties in the music industry, there is still a great deal to celebrate. I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone for coming."

The winners are:

Artist Marketing Campaign of the Year

Liz Goodwin from Polydor for Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid

Catalogue Marketing Campaign of the Year

Rachael Paley from Mercury Records for Stereophonics - Decade In The Sun - Best Of

Digital Achievement of the Year

Lost Tunes - Universal Music Catalogue, UK

Music Retail Brand of the Year


Music & Brand Partnership of the Year

Bacardi & Groove Armada - KLP

Music Retail Store of the Year

Rough Trade East, London

Music Sales Force of the Year

Sony Music

Music Sync of the Year

Boots "Here Come The Girls" - Sugababes - Universal Music

Music Venue of the Year

O2 Academy Brixton

National Promotions Team of the Year

Atlantic Promotions

National Radio Station of the Year

BBC Radio 2

PR Campaign of the Year

BC from MBC PR for Duffy: The Rise of Little Big Voice

Regional Promotions Team of the Year

Columbia Records

Regional Radio Station of the Year

Radio City 96.7

Distributor of the Year

Proper Music Distribution

Publisher of the Year

EMI Music Publishing

Independent Publisher of the Year


Record Company of the Year


Independent Record Company of the Year


Concert Promoter of the Year

Rob Hallett

The Strat

Rob Partridge

UK Music Executive of the Past 50 Years

Chris Blackwell

The A&R Award

Jim Chancellor

Manager of the Year

Jeanette Lee

Producer of the Year


Special Achievement - 10 Years of AIM

Alison Wenham


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