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Alabama Shakes, Kamasi Washington, ATO Lead Libera Awards Nominations

Alabama Shakes and Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year's 5th Annual Libera Awards.

Alabama Shakes and Kamasi Washington are among the leading nominees for this year’s 5th Annual Libera Awards, a celebration of the independent music scene that caps A2IM’s Indie Week conference held this summer in New York City. The Libera Awards will be held at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in NYC on June 16.

Among labels, ATO leads with eight nominations, including five for Alabama Shakes; Sub Pop and 4AD follow close behind with seven nominations apiece. Brainfeeder has five noms, with four linked to breakthrough artist Washington and his album, The Epic. Sub Pop’s Father John Misty has three nominations, including album of the year for last year’s acclaimed I Love You Honeybear.


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Also announced are sponsorship partnerships with SoundExchange, Kickstarter, Fox Rothschild LLP, AtoZ Media, INgrooves, FUGA, The Orchard, ADA, Caroline and YouTube/ Google Play Music. “The indie sector is vibrant, unique, exciting, and innovative,” said Colleen Theis, COO at The Orchard. “There’s no place we’d rather be than side by side with our labels and artists, delivering on our mission to provide world class sales, marketing and technology so they can achieve their dreams.”

Nominees are chosen and voted on by select members of the independent music industry themselves. See the full list below:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)
Beach House – Depression Cherry (Sub Pop Records)
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)
Jamie xx, In Colour (Young Turks)
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
Kamasi Washington, The Epic (Brainfeeder)

A&R Team of the Year
Matador Records
Mom+ Pop
Sub Pop Records
ATO Records
Captured Tracks

Best Live Act (Sponsored By Kickstarter)
Against Me! (Total Treble)
Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
Future Islands (4AD)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Stax /Concord Music Group)
Run the Jewels (Mass Appeal)
St. Vincent  (Loma Vista)

Groundbreaking Album of the Year (Sponsored by INgrooves)
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO Records)
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Think (Mom + Pop Music)
Deafheaven, New Bermuda (ANTI-)
HEALTH, Death Magic (Loma Vista Recordings)
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission (Mad Decent)
Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (Warp Records)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
Kamasi Washington, The Epic (Brainfeeder)

Best Sync Usage (Sponsored by Silva Screen Music / So Recordings / SBMC Inc.)Alabama Shakes – Apple iPad Pro (Music Supervisor: Jimmy Dickson) (ATO Records)
BADBADNOTGOOD – Apple iPhone (Music Supervisor: Ezra Remer) (Innovative Leisure)
Flying Lotus – Apple Music (Music Supervisor: Peymon Maskan & Josh Marcy) (Warp Records)
Hanni El Khatib – Levi’s 501 CT (Music Supervisor: Ezra Remer) (Innovative Leisure)
The Heavy – Samsung x Marvel viral advert (Music Supervisor: Kelly Ross) (Counter Records)
HOLYCHILD – Apple Watch Commercial (Music Supervisor: Peymon Maskan) (Glassnote Records)
Queen – Suicide Squad trailer (Music Supervisor: Naaman Snell & Lana Bui) (Hollywood Records, Inc.)
Shamir – Android OS Watch: Wear What You Want  (Music Supervisor: Andrew Kahn) (XL Recordings)

Breakthrough Artist (Sponsored by Fox Rothschild LLP)
Julien Baker (6131 Records)
Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop Music)
Hop Along (Saddle Creek Records)
Tobias ?Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds (Beggars)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Stax)
?Shamir (XL Recordings)
Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Creative Packaging (Sponsored by AtoZ Media)
Battles, La Di Da Di (Creative Director: Dave Konopka) (Warp Records)
Brand New, Deja Entendu – Record Store Day Exclusive (Creative Director: Jeffery Ramirez) (Triple Crown Records)
Father John Misty, I Love You Honeybear (Creative Director: Sasha Barr) (Sub Pop Records)
Run The Jewels, Meow The Jewels (Creative Director: Will Scott, Run The Jewels) (Mass Appeal)
?Scharpling & Wurster, The Best of the Best Show (Creative Director: T. A. Breen) (Numero Group)
The Sword, High Country (Creative Director: Eddie Levy) (Razor & Tie)
Various, Ork Records: New York, New York (Creative Director: Numero Group, Ken Shipley & Tim Bre) (Ork Records)

Heritage Album of the Year
Warren Haynes (Concord Records)
?Houndmouth (Rough Trade Records)
Low (Sub Pop Records)
The Staple Singers (Stax)
The Zombies (The End Records)
?Thundercat (Brainfeeder)
Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)
Drive-By Truckers (ATO Records)

Independent Champion (Sponsored by FUGA)
Adult Swim
Record Store Day
Secretly Distribution

Into the Pit Award
All Time Low (Hopeless Records)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Girl Band  (Rough Trade Records)
Lightning Bolt (Thrill Jockey)
Metz (Sub Pop Records)
Savages (Matador Records)
Slayer (Nuclear Blast)
Titus Andronicus (Merge Records)

Label of the Year (<5 employees) (Sponsored by The Orchard)Awesome Tapes From Africa
Daptone Records
Loma Vista Recordings
Paradise of Bachelors
Suicide Squeeze Records
Temporary Residence

Label of the Year (6+ employees) (Sponsored by ADA)4AD
ATO Records
Captured Tracks
Innovative Leisure
Merge Records
Mom + Pop Music
Nuclear Blast
Sub Pop Records

Marketing Genius Award (Sponsored by Caroline)
?Chegg Music 101 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Alternative Distribution Alliance & Chegg)
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (ATO Records)
?Doomtree Pop Quiz (Doomtree Records)
12 Days Of RTJ Mass (Appeal Records LLC)
God Listens To Slayer! (Nuclear Blast / The Orchard)
?Starset Planetarium Shows (Razor & Tie)
Ten Bands One Cause (RED Distribution)
?Torche Vs. Robots (Relapse Records / The Orchard)
Grimes Art Angels (4AD / Beggars Group)

Shifting Beats Award
Caravan Palace (Le Plan Recordings)
Grimes (4AD)
Jamie xx (Young Turks)
?Nosaj Thing (Innovative Leisure)
?ODESZA (Counter Records)
Purity Ring (4AD)
U.S. Girls (4AD)

Video of the Year (Sponsored by YouTube)
Caravan Palace (Le Plan Recordings)
FKA twigs (Young Turks)
Grimes (4AD)
Iron Patriot (Jeff Crabtree)
Lindsey Stirling (Lindseystomp Music)
Peaches (I U She Music)
Run The Jewels (Mass Appeal Records)
?Starset (Razor & Tie)