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Monday 26 January 2015

Dravs and Visconti land Brit Awards

Tony Visconti, producer for Bolan, Bowie and Morrissey, has been honoured for his innovation with the Joe Meek Award
Tony Visconti, producer for Bolan, Bowie and Morrissey, has been honoured for his innovation with the Joe Meek Award

The producer behind Mumford & Sons hit album, who is currently working on Coldplay's next release, has landed an early Brit Award.

Marcus Dravs - who also shaped Arcade Fire album The Suburbs - was named producer of the year ahead of next week's Brit ceremony.

He was presented with his prize by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin at an event in London's Cafe De Paris.

Dravs was nominated for his role on the Mercury-nominated Mumford album Sigh No More, as well as his work with Canadian act Arcade Fire.

Unlike most of the other winners, the best producer prize is announced ahead of the Brits, which take place at the O2 Arena on Tuesday.

Other award winners at tonight's annual Music Producers Guild Awards were Mute Records founder Daniel Miller - who had his own recording career as The Normal - who won the outstanding contribution prize.

And acclaimed American producer Tony Visconti, known for his work with Marc Bolan and T.Rex, David Bowie and Morrissey, was honoured for his innovation with the Joe Meek Award.

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