It’s back! The unofficial ‘loudest show in the industry,’ better known as the AMP Awards for Music & Sound, has announced its return as a live, in-person event in 2022. The show will rock the stage in a triumphant return to Sony Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The announcement was made by Georg Bissen of MetaTechnik, National President of the Association of Music Producers, sponsors of the AMP Awards.
An official AMP Awards Call for Entries, which signals the opening of the online entry portal, will be announced in the new year, as will more news and details about the competition, including naming of the AMP Awards Show Chair for 2022.
“We’re so excited to be returning to a live event and being back on stage in New York for our 2022 celebration,” Bissen says. “Like everyone else, we went virtual in 2020 and 2021, and while it’s been gratifying to recognize outstanding achievements in music and sound – especially during such a challenging time – the prospect of honoring the work with our friends and colleagues around us has everyone excited. We can’t wait to get back!”
The event will be preceded the day before by a special, invitation-only reception celebrating the winners of the AMP Awards in 2020 and 2021. On hand will be members of the AMP National Board, winners, guests, judges and sponsors.
Who Will Enter the AMP Hall of Fame?
AMP will also be announcing its inductee into the AMP Hall of Fame early next year. The honor, in recognition of a marketer’s Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Music and Sound to Define the Brand, was suspended during the virtual events. Past inductees into the AMP Hall of Fame include Apple, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Nike, Chevrolet and Pepsi.
The AMP Awards is the only juried, non-profit advertising contest to focus on the unique contributions made to the industry by creators and producers of music and sound. Judged by agency, label, publishing and music production professionals, the competition will present trophies in 14 unique categories. Its Best in Show honor, named for the late Droga5 Music Supervisor Ryan Barkan, will be selected by its Curatorial Committee from among the top category winners.
Looking Back to Past Years and Aloe Blacc + Melissa Etheridge Special Performances
Last year’s AMP Awards show was chaired by Perry Fair, EVP/ Global Executive Creative Director and Director of Entertainment at McCann. Awards were presented virtually on July 22 of this year, with the Ryan Barkan Best in Show award going to Found Objects Music Productions for its work for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
And even though the AMP Awards went virtual, it continued its tradition of highlighting musical performances. In 2020, multi-platinum singer, songwriter and producer Aloe Blacc performed two songs, while for 2021, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter legend Melissa Etheridge performed.