Margo Price, Gallant, Bob Moses Among American Music Prize Finalists for Best Debut: Exclusive

Margo Price
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Margo Price

The finalists for the 2017 American Music Prize for Best Debut Album (“The AMP”) has been revealed and include the following wide-ranging releases: Margo Price's Midwest Farmer's Daughter, Julien Baker's Sprained Ankle, Whitney's Light Upon the Lake, case/lang/veirs' case/lang/veirs, Empress Of's Me, Gallant's ‘Logy, Son Little's‘ Son Little, Margaret Glaspy's Emotions and Math, Bob Moses' Days Gone By, Fantastic Negrito's The Last Days of Oakland, EL VY's Return To The Moon and Big Thief's Masterpiece.

This year’s nominees were selected by a jury of music industry and media professionals who considered some 250 debut albums released between Aug.  2015 and July 2016. These were winnowed down to 55 albums in December. The winner will receive the $25,000 at an event in Los Angeles slated for March.

Last year’s inaugural AMP award went to Kamasi Washington for his acclaimed double jazz recording The Epic.

"This prize is unique as our panel of independent, expert judges only take into account the music they hear – commercial success, genre, live performance are all irrelevant to making this list," said  American Music Prize founder Scott B. Murphy in a statement. "Therefore in this very crowded market, great music can still be discovered and rewarded."