Performers set for the event include Black Pumas, Lecrae, Arlo Parks and Fantatasic Negrito.
Soul and gospel great Mavis Staples is slated to receive the independent icon award at the 2021 A2IM Awards, which are set for June 17. Staples is the seventh recipient of that award, following Naughty By Nature, Nick Lowe, Funky 4 +1, Alejandro Escovedo, Suzanne Ciani and John Prine.
As lead singer for The Staple Singers, Staples achieved stardom on Stax Records with such classic hits as “Respect Yourself” and "I'll Take You There.” Two of the group’s singles, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In recent years, Staples has recorded critically acclaimed music with Jeff Tweedy, Ben Harper, Run the Jewels, Arcade Fire and Hozier, among others.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) also announced the performers for this year’s event -- Grammy-nominated rock and soul duo Black Pumas, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae, 2021 Brit Award winner Arlo Parks, three-time Grammy-winner Fantastic Negrito, Grammy nominated singer Lido Pimienta, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, and the Memphis-based Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section.