Alabama Shakes, M83 and BOY are among the breakout indie artists of 2012 nominated for this year's Libera Awards. A2IM, the American Association for Independent Music, recently announced the full slate of nominees, which include both artists and labels said to represent the best of the independent community.

Nominees are chosen by select members of the independent music industry themselves, with an eligibility period spanning March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013. Last year's winners included Bon Iver for Album of the Year and Daptone Records for Independent Label of the Year (5 employees or less).

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The second annual Libera Awards, or "LIBBYs," will be held at the Highline Ballroom in New York on June 20. See the full list of categories and nominees below.

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Independent Album of the Year (sponsored by Spotify)
•    'Boys & Girls' – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
•    'Allah-Las' – Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure)
•    'Bloom' – Beach House (Sub Pop)
•    'Shields' – Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)
•    'Celebration Rock' – Japandroids (Polyvinyl Records)
•    'The Heist' – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore)
•    'Babel' – Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Records)
•    'RED (Deluxe Edition)' – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
•    'The Lumineers' – The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group)
•    'Coexist' – The xx (XL Recordings/Young Turks)
       
Independent Label of the Year Award - 5 employees or less worldwide (sponsored by The Orchard)
•    Bar/None Records
•    Daptone Records
•    Dualtone Music Group
•    Frenchkiss Records
•    Ghostly International
•    Kill Rock Stars
•    Third Man Records
 
Independent Label of the Year Award - 6 employees or more worldwide (sponsored by ADA)
•    Anti Records
•    ATO Records
•    Big Machine Records
•    Concord Music Group
•    Glassnote Records
•    Hopeless Records
•    Sub Pop
•    XL Recordings
 
Up and Comer Award (sponsored by eMusic) – celebrating the next Independent label superstar artist; to qualify artist must have total career sales not exceeding 5000 full length albums or 25,000 tracks (combined) as of Feb. 17, 2013
•    Air Dubai (Hopeless Records)
•    BOY (Nettwerk)
•    LEOGUN (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
•    Mikal Cronin (Merge Records)
•    MNDR (Ultra Music)
•    The Virginmarys (Wind-up Records)
 
Video of the Year
•    "Hold On" – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
•    "For Baltimore" – All Time Low (Hopeless Records)
•    "Dirty Money" – Antibalas (Daptone Records)
•    "Kill Your Heroes" – AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records)
•    "My Love Is Real" – Divine Fits (Merge Records)
•    "Wait" – M83 (Mute)
•    "Thrift Shop" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore)
 
Best Sync Usage (sponsored by Getty Images Music)– for the most creative or most impactful use of Independent music in a film/TV/ad campaign
•    "Ebb Away" – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Century Media/Superball) in Fox Surf by Tim Scanlin
•    "Always Alright" – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records) in Silver Linings Playbook by Susan Jacobs
•    "Sail" – AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records) in BMW – Feeling Remains campaign (Olympics premiere) by Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
•    "Can't Win 'Em All" – Hanni El Khatib (Innovative Leisure) in Audi (Super Bowl Commercial) by Agoraphone
•    "Outro" – M83 (Mute/Caroline) in Red Bull "Gives You Wings" commercial by Tonya Puerto/EMI & Red Bull
•    "Speaking Japanese" – Shiny Toy Guns (Five Seven Music) in Virgin America 'Game Changer' ad campaign
•    "Ho Hey" – The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group) in Bing by Susan Schwartz
 
Music Supervisor of the Year (sponsored by Silva Screen Music Group) – for the music supervisor/licensing personwho was especially supportive of Independent music labels
•    Alexandra Patsavas (Chop Shop Music)
•    Frankie Pine (Whirly Girl Music)
•    Nora Felder (Picture Tunes)
•    Randall Poster (Search Party Music/Posterboy Inc.)
•    Susan Schwartz (Platinum Rye)
•    Thomas Golubic (SuperMusicVision)
 
Light Bulb Award– celebrating the most innovative/creative marketing campaign by an Independent label or artist
•    Alabama Shakes – album release campaign (ATO Records)
•    Bear in Heaven – slowed-down album stream (Dead Oceans/Hometapes)
•    Mumford & Sons – 'Stopover' tour (Glassnote Records)
•    M83 – sustained album campaign (Mute)
•    Brian Eno – 'LUX' listening events (Warp Records)
•    Yep Roc – Yep Roc 15 Festival (Yep Roc Records)
 
Hardest Working Artist of the Year (sponsored by Believe Digital) – celebrating the Independent label band/artist that worked hardest at their job or was the most instrumental in promoting their music
•    Allen Stone (ATO Records)
•    Bob Mould (Merge Records)
•    Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
•    Grimes (4AD)
•    Jukebox the Ghost (Yep Roc Records)
•    Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
•    The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group)
 
Best Live Act of the Year – celebrating the Independent label band/artist that had the best live act
•    Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
•    AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records)
•    Bloc Party (Frenchkiss Records)
•    Delta Spirit (Rounder)
•    Hatebreed (Razor & Tie)
•    M83 (Mute)
•    Matt and Kim (FADER Label)
•    Ra Ra Riot (Barsuk)
 
Creative Packaging Award (sponsored by A to Z Media) – celebrating the best or most creative packaging – including bundled packages, premium offerings, or artwork/design packaging – from an Independent label or artist in the last 12 months
•    "Charmer" – Aimee Mann (SuperEgo Records) by Gail Marowitz & Aimee Mann
•    "II" – Bad Books (Triple Crown Records) by Brian Manley & Chris Freeman
•    "Until the Quiet Comes" – Flying Lotus (Warp Records) by Stephen Serrato with B+
•    "12 Bit Blues" – Kid Koala (Ninja Tune) by Eric San
•    "The Disintegration Loops" – William Basinski (Temporary Residence Ltd.) by Jeremy deVine
•    "Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection" – Woody Guthrie (Smithsonian Folkways) by Fritz Klaetke
 
21st Century Award – celebrating the service provider or platform that was most beneficial to Independent labels and artists
•    Bandzoogle
•    Pandora
•    PledgeMusic
•    Rdio
•    Spotify
•    YouTube

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