The self-released record of the year underscores “the entrepreneurial and organizational prowess of artists who release music without label support,” the organization notes in a statement. The submission must be fully self-released by an individual artist or group; records co-released with record labels or as a subsidiary of a parent company are not eligible.
In addition, the best dance/electronic record has been split up into best dance record and best electronic record.
Returning categories of note include best outlier award and best reissue record. The best outlier award aims to recognize records that don’t fit into another category, such as spoken word, comedy and psychedelic hyperpop. The best reissue record honors music that was initially released at least five years ago.
Submissions close Dec. 6. To submit picks for consideration and learn more about the categories, see the awards’ official website at liberaawards.com.
See below for the timeline leading up to the 2022 awards.