Following the BRIT Awards 2021 ceremony at the O2, we send huge congratulations to the four winning artists who mastered and recorded here at Metropolis.
Testament to Metropolis Studios’ accessible yet high-spec facilities and top-level engineers, winners include some of the world’s most exciting independent and major label artists.
Pop superstars Little Mix took home Best British Group, the first female group ever to do so. Their #2 album Confetti was recorded in Studio E with Paul Norris engineering. Arlo Parks, meanwhile, picked up the Breakthrough Artist award with her acclaimed debut Collapsed In Sunbeams, mastered by Metropolis’ Matt Colton. Dua Lipa, who wowed audiences with a stunning live performance, was awarded Mastercard Album of the year and Female Solo Artist. ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ from the award-winning Future Nostalgia was mixed in Studio C with Harpaal Sanghera assisting while the celebrated remix album, Club Future Nostalgia, was mastered by Matt Colton. Finally, rapper J Hus was awarded the prestigious Male Solo Artist with his album Big Conspiracy, mastered by Stuart Hawkes.
Also, in a surprise treat for fans watching, superstar Elton John made a special appearance alongside Years & Years’ Oli Alexander as the pair performed a new version of the 1987 #1, ‘It’s A Sin’. The cover also features Petshop Boys’ Neil Tennant, was recorded at Metropolis Studios by engineer Alex Robinson with Harpaal Sanghera assisting, and mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin.
Commenting on last night’s winners, Metropolis Studios CEO Richard Connell said, ‘We are incredibly proud of the 2021 winners who chose to work with us on their amazing releases, and all of this year’s BRIT Awards nominees. What we do at Metropolis through the marriage of our state-of-the-art equipment and our industry leading team is create the environment for any artist – established or a future rising star – to realise the full potential of their creative vision. I am so proud it’s working so well and I believe the quality of this year’s winners shows that.’
Ahead of last night’s ceremony, Metropolis was primed for a strong selection of award-winners with 63% of the domestic nominees having all worked at the cutting-edge studio.
FULL LIST OF METROPOLIS-ASSOCIATED WINNERS
Female solo artist
- Dua Lipa – Club Future Nostalgia, mastered by Matt Colton with single ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ mixed in Studio C
- Little Mix – Confetti, recorded in Studio E with Paul Norris engineering
Male Solo Artist
- J Hus – Big Conspiracy, mastered by Stuart Hawkes
- Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams album, mastered by Matt Colton