AWARDS CRITERIA

Album of the Year
Best Album of the Year released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best American Roots/Folk Album
Best American Roots/Folk Album released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Blues Album
Best Blues album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Classical Album
Best Classical album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Country/Americana Album
Best Country/Americana album released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Best Dance/Electronica album of the year released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Rap/Hip-hop Album
Best Rap/Hip-hop album released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Jazz Album
Best Jazz album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Latin Album
Best Latin album of the year released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Live Act
The Independent label artist synonymous with memorable, powerful, and jaw-dropping live concert performances.

Best Metal Album
Best Metal album released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Outlier Album
Best Outlier album of the year consists of any release that does not fit into the traditional Libera Awards categories. It must have been released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best R&B Album
Best R&B album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Re-Issue Album
Best Re-Issue album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Rock Album
Best Rock album released commercially in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Best Sync Usage
The most creative or most impactful use of Independent music in a film/tv/ad campaign.

Best World Album
Best World album of the year released commercially in the United States by an independently owned/controlled label between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Breakthrough Artist
The Independent label artist who has commercially released a music project that has for the first time exceeded a combined total of 8,500,000 premium interactive streams or album/single equivelant (1 Album Sale = 1,500 Streams, 1 Track Sale = 150).

Creative Packaging
Best or most creative packaging, physical or digital including bundled packages, premium offerings or artwork/design packaging.

Independent Champion
The company that has best supported and championed Independent labels and artists this year. The nominee can be a physical or digital retailer, non-commercial digital or physical partner, media outlet, or distributor.

Label of the Year (Big)
6 Full-time employees or more worldwide.

Label of the Year (Small)
5 Full-time employees or fewer worldwide.

Marketing Genius
The most innovative/creative marketing campaign for a project released by an Independent label or artist.

Video of the Year
Most impactful or visually compelling short-form music video released between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Independent Impact
The independent artist with the highest combined sales and streams as measured by BuzzAngle Music across commercial releases in the United States between March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

 

The A2IM Libera Awards are sponsored by SoundExchange in celebration of Merlin's 10 Year Anniversary in partnership with The Orchard, ADA, Spotify, INgrooves, DISCO, and Songtrust