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Phoebe Bridgers, Run the Jewels & Perfume Genius Among Top Nominees For 2021 Libera Awards

Phoebe Bridgers
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Phoebe Bridgers perform on stage during the 33nd Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert & Gala on Feb. 26, 2020 in New York City.

This marks the second year that the Libera Awards will be held as a livestreaming ceremony. The date is June 17.

Phoebe Bridgers, Run the Jewels and Perfume Genius are among the top nominees for the 10th annual A2IM Libera Awards, presented by Merlin.  A2IM is the New York-based trade organization that works to strengthen the independent recorded music sector.

Each of these three artists received nominations for record of the year, video of the year and best live/livestream act. In addition, Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels are nominated for the A2IM Humanitarian Award.

The nominees for record of the year are Bridgers’ Punisher, which is also nominated for best alternative rock record; Run the Jewels’ RTJ4, also nominated for best hip-hop rap record; Perfume Genius’ Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, which is not nominated in a genre album category; Yves Tumor’s Heaven to a Tortured Mind, also nominated for best outlier record; Thundercat’s It Is What It Is, also nominated for best R&B record; and Waxahatchee’s Saint Cloud, also nominated for best country record.

Bridgers received four Grammy nominations this year, including best new artist.

This marks the second year that the Libera Awards will be held as a livestreaming ceremony, open to the public. Produced by The Control Room, the June 17 show will feature performances from nominees as well as the presentation of this year’s Independent Icon Awards. This is the second year that Sweet Relief will serve as A2IM’s official charity partner for the Libera Awards. All proceeds raised during the show will be donated to career musicians and music industry professionals in need.

The Libera Awards are the culmination of Indie Week, the world’s largest independent music conference, taking place from June 14 to 17. Sponsored by SoundExchange, Indie Week features keynotes, panels, networking sessions and more. Indie Week 2021 will mark the second year A2IM will hold the event virtually.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the A2IM Libera Awards, it is extremely satisfying to see the remarkable growth of the independent sector,” said Richard James Burgess, A2IM CEO. “The A2IM Libera Awards is an acknowledgement, celebration and representation of everything independents work so hard to accomplish.”

The 2021 Libera Awards are presented by Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner.

Voting is open to A2IM members until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 5. Follow A2IM on Instagram and Twitter for programming updates. RSVP to the Libera Awards by visiting A2IM’s YouTube page or liberaawards.com.To learn more about Indie Week 2021, visit a2im.org/indieweek.

Here’s a full list of 2021 Libera Award nominees:

Record of the Year
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher (Dead Oceans)
Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (Jewel Runners, Inc.)
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (Matador Records)
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind (Warp Records)
Thundercat - It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud (Merge Records)

Video of the Year
FKA twigs - “Sad Day” (Young Turks)
Perfume Genius - “Describe” (Matador Records)
Phoebe Bridgers - “Savior Complex” (Dead Oceans)
Run the Jewels - "Ooh La La" (Jewel Runners, Inc.)
Christine and the Queens - “La vita nuova” (Because Music)
ford. - “Fruit&Sun” (Foreign Family Collective)

Best Live/Livestream Act
Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, LLC.)
Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)
Fontaines D.C. (Partisan Records)
Perfume Genius (Matador Records)
Arca (XL Recordings)

Breakthrough Artist/Release (Presented by Ingrooves)
Arlo Parks (Transgressive/[PIAS])
Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d)
Overcoats (Loma Vista Recordings)
Arlo McKinley (Oh Boy Records)
Orion Sun (Mom + Pop Music)

A2IM Humanitarian Award
Rev. Moose (Marauder/NIVA)
Killer Mike & El-P of Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc.)
Megan Thee Stallion (300 Entertainment)
Paul Redding (Beggars Group)
Kevin Liles (300 Entertainment)

Best Alternative Rock Record
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher (Dead Oceans)
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory (Loma Vista Recordings)
Car Seat Headrest - Making A Door Less Open (Matador Records)
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia (Anti- Records)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop Records)

Best Americana Record
Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d)
Kevin Morby - Sundowner (Dead Oceans)
Calexico - Seasonal Shift (Anti- Records)
Courtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers (Fat Possum Records)
Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)

Best Blues Record
Bobby Rush - Rawer Than Raw (Deep Rush Records/Thirty Tigers)
Don Bryant - You Make Me Feel (Fat Possum Records)
Robert Cray Band - That's What I Heard (Nozzle Records/Thirty Tigers)
Fantastic Negrito - Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (Cooking Vinyl Ltd.)
Sonny Landreth - Blacktop Run (Provogue Records)

Best Classical Record
Erik Hall - Music for 18 Musicians (Steve Reich) (Western Vinyl)
Paul Moravec - Sanctuary Road (Naxos American Classics)
Echo Collective - The See Within (7K!)
Niklas Paschburg - Svalbard (7K!)
Vitamin String Quartet - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Lana Del Rey (CMH Label Group/Vitamin Records)

Best Country Record
Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started (Loma Vista Recordings)
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud (Merge Records)
Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes And Other Punchy Songs (La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers)
Various Artists - Willie Nelson American Outlaw (Live At Bridgestone Arena/2019) (Blackbird Productions)
Jaime Wyatt - Neon Cross (New West Records)

Best Dance/Electronic Record
Caribou - Suddenly (Merge Records)
Arca - KiCk i (XL Recordings)
Ela Minus - acts of rebellion (Domino Recording Co.)
Yaeji - What We Drew (XL Recordings)
Actress - Karma & Desire (Ninja Tune)

Best Folk/Bluegrass Record
Ben Harper - Winter Is For Lovers (Anti- Records)
Angel Olsen- Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)
Gillian Welch - Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs (Acony Records)
Jason Molina - Eight Gates (Secretly Canadian)
Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter (Partisan Records)

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record (Presented by Virgin Music)
Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (Jewel Runners, Inc.)
clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned (Sub Pop Records)
Little Simz - Drop 6 (AGE101/AWAL)
The Koreatown Oddity - Little Dominiques Nosebleed (Stones Throw Records)
Naeem - Startisha (37d03d)

Best Jazz Record (Presented by Qobuz)
Gil-Scott Heron & Makaya McCraven - We're New Again - A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (XL Recordings)
Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown (International Anthem)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge - Azymuth JID004 (Jazz Is Dead)
Christian McBride - The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons (Mack Avenue Music Group)
John Carroll Kirby - My Garden (Stones Throw Records)
Raul Midon - The Mirror (Artistry Music)
Jyoti - Mama, You Can Bet! (SomeOthaShip/eOne)

Best Latin Record
Bad Bunny - El Último Tour Del Mundo (Rimas Entertainment)
Gabriel Garzón-Montano - Agüita (Jagjaguwar in partnership with Stones Throw Records)
The Mavericks - En Español (Mono Mundo Recordings/Thirty Tigers)
Buscabulla - Regresa (Ribbon Music)
Jungle Fire - Jungle Fire (Nacional Records)

Best Metal Record
Architects - “Animals” (Epitaph Records)
HUM - Inlet (Earth Analog Records)
Ghostemane - Anti-Icon (Blackmage)
Ingested - Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader Records)
Pyrrhon - Abscess Time (Willowtip Records)

Best Outlier Record (Presented by The Orchard)
Khruangbin - Mordechai (Dead Oceans)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Warp Records)
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind (Warp Records)
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Transmissions (Transgressive/[PIAS])
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders (Ghostly International)
Moses Sumney - Græ (Jagjaguwar)

Best Punk Record
IDLES - Ultra Mono (Partisan Records)
Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today (Domino Recording Co.)
METZ - Atlas Vending (Sub Pop Records)
Viagra Boys - Common Sense (YEAR0001/AWAL)
Porridge Radio - Every Bad (Secretly Canadian)

Best R&B Record
Thundercat - It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun (Dead Oceans)
Robert Glasper - “Better Than I Imagined" (feat. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello) (Loma Vista Recordings)
Son Little - aloha (Anti- Records)
Orion Sun - Hold Space For Me (Mom + Pop Music)
Steve Arrington - Down To The Lowest Terms (Stones Throw Records)

Best Rock Record (Presented by Mitchell; Silberberg & Knupp LLP)
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death (Partisan Records)
King Krule - Man Alive! (True Panther Sounds/Matador)
Bartees Strange - Mustang (Single Memory Music)
Bob Mould - Blue Hearts (Merge Records)
Caroline Rose - Superstar (New West Records)

Best Spiritual Record
Sun Ra Arkestra - Swirling (STRUT)
Lecrae - Restoration (Reach Records)
Jon Hopkins - “Singing Bowl (Ascension)” (Domino Recording Co.)
Thad Cockrell - If In Case You Feel The Same (ATO Records)
Wande - EXIT (Reach Records)

Best World Record (Presented by Redeye Worldwide)
Antibalas - Fu Chronicles (Daptone Records)
Bebel Gilberto - Agora ([PIAS])
Altin Gün - “Ordunun Dereleri” (ATO Records)
Songhoy Blues - Optimisme (Fat Possum Records)
Emel - The Tunis Diaries (Partisan Records)

Best Re-Issue
J Dilla - Donuts (Jelly Edition) (Stones Throw Records)
Pylon - Pylon Box (New West Records)
Hiroshi Yoshimura - GREEN (Light In The Attic)
Pixies - Bossanova 30th Anniversary Reissue (4AD)
Motorhead - Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary (Sanctuary Records)
Elliott Smith - Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition (Kill Rock Stars)
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump 20th Anniversary Collection (Dangerbird Records)

Best Sync Usage
Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc.) - "Ooh LA LA" - Season three of Netflix’s Ozark
Black Pumas (ATO Records) "Colors" - Samsung Galaxy S20
Brittany Howard (ATO Records) "You'll Never Walk Alone" - Johnnie Walker’s #KeepWalking Campaign
Blood Orange (Domino Recording Co.) "Tuesday Feeling (Choose to Stay)" - Season four of HBO's Insecure
IDLES (Partisan Records) “Grounds" - Watch Dogs: Legion

Creative Packaging
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory limited edition back to school binder (Loma Vista Recordings)
Black Pumas - Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) - ATO Records
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately vinyl (Matador Records)
Pylon - Pylon Box [CD Box Set](New West Records)
IDLES - Ultra Mono (Partisan Records)

Independent Champion (Presented by Merlin)
Bandcamp
SoundExchange
Secretly Distribution
TuneCore
The Orchard

Marketing Genius
Jewel Runners, LLC - Run the Jewels x Cyberpunk2077 “No Save Point”
Beggars Group - Supporting Indie Retail #loverecordstores Campaign
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher (Dead Oceans)
Light In The Attic - Social Media & Digital Marketing
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately Campaign (Matador Records)

Label of the Year (Big) (Presented by ADA)
Partisan Records
Sub Pop Records
Warp Records
Stones Throw Records
Ninja Tune

Label of the Year (Medium)
Light In The Attic
Sacred Bones Records
Matador Records
Ghostly International
Rough Trade Records

Label of the Year (Small) (Presented by Spotify)
Daptone Records
Innovative Leisure
Fire Talk Records
International Anthem
Hardly Art
Oh Boy Records

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