Sizzle Reel: 2018 A2IM Libera Awards Presented by SoundExchange

A2IM Libera Awards
June 21, 2018
Playstation Theater NYC

Thursday, June 21st was a great night for the Indie at A2IM’s 2018 Libera Awards, to honor all of the independent community. Our performers included Aimee Man, Natalie Prass, Raul Midon and Sam Outlaw among others, and a beautiful tribute to Sharon Jones by The Dap-Kings – who won the award for Best R&B Album for Soul of a Woman (Daptone Records).

Other winners included Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness (SuperEgo Records) for Best Roots/Folk Album, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Copland: Symphony No. 3 & 3 Latin American Sketches (Naxos Records), and The National’s Sleep Well Beast (4AD Records) for Best Rock Album.

Also honored were MERLIN as Independent Champion, Brett Gurewitz for Lifetime Achievement and The Funky 4 + 1 with the Independent Icon Award.

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SEE ALL LIBERA AWARD WINNERS BELOW! 
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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, Symphonic DistributionFox Rothschild LLP,  Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and Songtrust

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR | BEST AMERICAN ROOTS & FOLK ALBUM | BEST BLUES ALBUM | BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM | BEST COUNTRY/AMERICANA ALBUM | BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM | BEST HIP-HOP/RAP ALBUM | BEST JAZZ ALBUM | BEST LATIN ALBUM | BEST LIVE ACT | BEST METAL ALBUM | BEST OUTLIER ALBUM | BEST R&B ALBUM | BEST RE-ISSUE | BEST ROCK ALBUM | BEST SYNC USAGE | BEST WORLD ALBUM | BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST | CREATIVE PACKAGING | INDEPENDENT CHAMPION | LABEL OF THE YEAR (BIG) | LABEL OF THE YEAR (SMALL) | MARKETING GENIUS | VIDEO OF THE YEAR | INDEPENDENT IMPACT

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

*WINNER*

Slowdive | Slowdive
Dead Oceans

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Presented By The Orchard

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BEST AMERICAN ROOTS & FOLK ALBUM

*WINNER*

Aimee Mann | Mental Illness
SuperEgo Records

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BEST BLUES ALBUM

*WINNER*

Benjamin Booker | Witness
ATO Records

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BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM

*WINNER*

Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin (conductor) | Copland: Symphony No. 3 & 3 Latin American Sketches
Naxos

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BEST COUNTRY/AMERICANA ALBUM

*WINNER*

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | The Nashville Sound
Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers

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BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM

*WINNER*

Sylvan Esso | What Now
Loma Vista Recordings

Presented by Symphonic Distribution

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BEST HIP-HOP/RAP ALBUM

*WINNER*

Shabazz Palaces | Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Sub Pop Records

Presented by Fox Rothschild LLP

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BEST JAZZ ALBUM

*WINNER*

Kamasi Washington | Harmony of Difference
Young Turks

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BEST LATIN ALBUM

*WINNER*

Chicano Batman | Freedom Is Free
ATO Records

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BEST LIVE ACT


BEST METAL ALBUM

*WINNER*

Converge | The Dusk In Us
Epitaph Records

Presented by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

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BEST OUTLIER ALBUM

*WINNER*

Moses Sumney | Aromanticism
Jagjaguwar

Presented by Songtrust

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BEST R&B ALBUM

*WINNER*

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Soul of a Woman
Daptone Records

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BEST RE-ISSUE

*WINNER*

Elliott Smith | Either/Or: Expanded Edition
Kill Rock Stars

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BEST ROCK ALBUM

*WINNER*

The National | Sleep Well Beast
4AD

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BEST SYNC USAGE

*WINNER*

Cigarettes After Sex | The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu
(Music Supervision: Jessica Dolinger)
Partisan Records / Spanish Prayers

Presented By DISCO

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BEST WORLD ALBUM

*WINNER*

Ibeyi | Ash
XL Recordings

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BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

*WINNER*

Princess Nokia | 1992 Deluxe
Rough Trade Records

Presented By INgrooves

 

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CREATIVE PACKAGING

*WINNER*

Bob’s Burgers | The Bob’s Burgers Music Album
Sub Pop Records

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INDEPENDENT CHAMPION


LABEL OF THE YEAR (BIG)

*WINNER*

Dead Oceans

Presented By ADA

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LABEL OF THE YEAR (SMALL)


MARKETING GENIUS

*WINNER*

Run the Jewels | Call Ticketron! - 646.846.RTJ3 (www.1215.runthejewels.com) 
(Marketing Lead: Amaechi Uzoigwe & Lee Martin)
Run the Jewels, Inc.

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR

*WINNER*

Perfume Genius | Die 4 You
Matador Records

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INDEPENDENT IMPACT

*WINNER*

Taylor Swift  |  Reputation    
Big Machine Label Group

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