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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 / Andrew Wuepper (Justin Bieber - Sorry)
· WINNER: 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)
· WINNER: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey)
· Ninteen85, Noah "40" Shebib, Wiz Kid (Drake – One Dance)
· Pharrell Williams, Sounwave, Michael Kuhle (Kendrick Lamar – Alright)

Break Thru Songwriter - Song writer designation for impact song

· Paul Barry, James Bay (James Bay - "Let It Go")
· Greg Kurstin (Adele – "Hello")
· WINNER: Brody Brown (Lukas Graham – "7 Years")
· Julia Michaels (Justin Bieber – "Sorry")
· Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots – "Ride)

Master of Mastering - Mastering engineers award

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

Tracking Engineer - Tracking engineers awardeers award

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

Best Non-English Song - International Foreign Language award

· Yemi Alade – Johnny (Nigeria)
· Chino & Nacho - Andas En Mi Cabeza (Venezuela)
· WINNER: JJ Lin – Twilight (Taiwan)
· 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
· WINNER: Indaba

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

· WINNER: 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)
· WINNER: Wilberto Madera (Pitbull)
· Demetrious Moore (Drake)
· Dave Bracey (Adele)
· Jim Warren (Radiohead)

Spin Doctor DJ Award - Outstanding DJ award

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

AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner) 3 WINNERS

· WINNER: Shamir Nicholas - Digital Hood
· WINNER: Chris Galland – Larrabee Studios
· WINNER: Wesley Seidman - United Recording Studios

· Tyler Shields - EastWest Studios
· Max Hurrell – Spitfire Studios

Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Visual Medium Award

· Live From Daryl's House
· The Voice
· Empire
· Jimmy Kimmel Live!
· WINNER: 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
· WINNER: Learn from Legends - Recording Connection

Herb Trawick Visionary Award - Excellence in audio innovation

· DTS
· Audionamix
· WINNER: xFer
· Moog
· WaverlyLabs