The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and Metropolis enjoyed a big night at this year’s Brit Awards. Prevalent amongst the winners was ACM Alumnus Ed Sheeran, who picked up awards for both British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year.
The ex-ACM student turned global megastar has made a huge impression on music lovers and industry alike; his two Brits demonstrating how his iconic brand of guitar-led folk and hip hop have gone to dominate the charts at home and abroad. Sheeran’s wins at the Brits also reflected well on Stuart Hawkes, the friend of ACM and Metropolis Mastering engineer who mastered Sheeran’s multiplatinum-selling (and now Brit Award-winning) album X.
Elsewhere, further success was seen for Metropolis and Sam Smith, whose album was mastered at the Studios. Smith’s meteoric rise to fame over the course of 2014 was recognised in highly-deserved Brit awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success. Royal Blood, whose acclaimed self-titled album was mastered by Metropolis Mastering engineer John Davis, came away with the award for Best British Group while Paloma Faith, who has a long association with the Studios in recording and mastering, was awarded with Best British Female Solo Artist.
Also nominated for awards were Metropolis clients such as the exciting and inventive newcomer FKA Twigs in the Best Female Solo Artist and Best British Breakthrough categories, electronic act Clean Bandit for Best British Group and British Single, Lana Del Rey for Best International Act, drum and bass duo Sigma, producer Duke Dumont and singer Ella Henderson for British Single.
The Brit Awards represent the very best in British music and reflect a constantly changing and evolving landscape of creative expression. For the winners, ACM and Metropolis offer their congratulations and are proud to be able to have had a part to play in their journeys to the top.