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The Pensado Awards recognises achievement in multiple mediums, genres and technologies in audio. The Pensado Awards 3 – Nominees are:



OMG! Mix of the Year - Pro designation for major label releases

· Tom Elmhirst (Adele – Hello)
· Josh Gudwin (Justin Bieber – Sorry)
· Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton - Tennessee Whiskey)
· Delbert Bowers (Lukas Graham – 7 Years)
· Manny Marroquin (Rihanna – Work)

Game Changer of the Year Award - Production with national impact

· Greg Kurstin (Adele – Hello)
· Mike Posner, Martin Terefe, SeeB (Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
· Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey)
· Ninteen85, DJ Maphorisa, Noah "40" Shebib, Wiz Kid (Drake – One Dance)
· Pharrell Williams, Soundwave, Michael Kuhle (Kendrick Lamar – Alright)

Break Thru Songwriter - Song writer designation for impact song

· Paul Barry (James Bay - "Let It Go")
· Greg Kurstin (Adele – "Hello")
· Brody Brown (Lukas Graham – "7 Years")
· Julia Michaels (Fifth Harmony – "Work From Home")
· Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots – "Ride)

Master of Mastering - Mastering engineers award

· Andrew Mendleson – Georgetown Mastering
· Colin Leonard – Sing Mastering
· Joe Laporta – Sterling Sound
· Bob Ludwig – Gateway Choices
· Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernetus – Dub Plates Mastering

Tracking Engineer - Tracking engineers awardeers award

· Mike Plotnikoff
· Steve Genewick
· Ernesto Olvera
· Alvaro Alencar
· Mike "Exit" Goodchild

Best Non-English Song - International Foreign Language award

· Yemi Alade – Johnny (Nigeria)
· Chino & Nacho - Andas En Mi Cabeza (Venezuela)
· JJ Lin – Twilight (Singapore)
· Clara Moreno - Balança Pema (Brazil)
· Fabio Rovazzi – Andiamo A Comandare (Italy)

Outstanding Brand - Brand or entity espousing best audio practices

· Native Instruments
· Slate Digital
· LANDR
· Augspurger Monitors
· Indaba

Break Thru Mixer Award - Award for non-major label mix

· Delbert Bowers (Lukas Graham – 7 Years)
· SeeB (Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix)
· Joe Barresi (Chevelle – Joyride (Omen)
· Mike Dean (Travi$ Scott – Antidote)

Live/FOH - Excellence in live or Front of House sound

· Pete Healy (Luke Bryan)
· Wilberto Madera (Pitbull)
· Demetrious Moore (Drake)
· Dave Bracey (Adele)
· Jim Warren (Radiohead)

Spin Doctor DJ Award - Outstanding DJ award

· Henry Fong
· Dillon Francis
· Flume
· Martin Garrix
· Zedd

AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner)

· Shamir Nicholas - Digital Hood
· Chris Galland – Larrabee Studios
· Max Hurrell – Spitfire Studios

Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Visual Medium Award

· Darryl's House
· The Voice
· Empire
· Jimmy Kimmel
· Straight Outta Compton

Pensado Giant Award - An icon in the industry

· Winner: Chris Lord-Alge

Dave Pensado Educator Award - Excellence in audio education

· Bob Power
· USC
· Greg Wells
· Groove3
· Pro Tools Expert

Herb Trawick Visionary Award - Excellence in audio innovation

· DTS
· Audionamix
· xFer
· Exoskeleton
· WaverlyLabs