2019 A2IM Libera Award Nominations Take Flight


The voters have spoken and Run The Jewels, John Prine and Daptone Records have all earned multiple nods on the list of 2019 A2IM Libera Award nominees.

The Libera Awards are hosted each year by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) and take place at the closing of the annual Indie Week conference. The conference will kick off June 17th at the New York Law School and end with the Libera Awards on June 20th at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Many artists and labels distributed by The Orchard were named including two time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito. The Cooking Vinyl performer has earned Best Contemporary Blues Album twice for his modern rock n roll take on the genre and is nominated for a Libera Award for Best Blues Album for Please Don’t Be Dead.

No stranger to the Libera Awards, Daptone Records has landed four nominations; three surrounding the masterful Charles Bradley’s posthumous album Black Velvet and one for themselves as Label of the Year (Small).

It isn’t all that surprising to see the ever-talented and legendary John Prine on the ballot three times. Nominated for Best American Roots/Folk Album, Best Country/Americana Album and Video of the Year, the Oh Boy Records artist continues to take lead and inspire throughout the folk and Americana genres.

Find the full list of nominations on Billboard and those partners of The Orchard below:

Best Live Act
Run the Jewels (RTJ Music, Inc.)

Best American Roots/Folk Album
John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy Records)
Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Best Blues Album
Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead (Cooking Vinyl)
Deva Mahal – Run Deep (Motema Music)
Cedric Burnside – Benton County Relic (Single Lock Records)

Best Country/Americana Album
Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads (In the Black)
John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy Records)

Best Jazz Album
Julian Lage – Modern Lore (Mack Avenue Music Group)
Tia Fuller – Diamond Cut (Mack Avenue Music Group)

Best Latin Album
Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán (Daptone Records)
Bad Bunny – X 100PRE (Rimas Entertainment)
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Best R&B Album
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet (Daptone Records)
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen (Fat Possum)

Best Sync Usage
Run the Jewels – x Black Panther (RTJ Music, Inc.)

Best World Album
Femi Kuti – One People One World (Knitting Factory Records)

Creative Packaging
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet Deluxe Box (Daptone Records)

Label of the Year (Small)
Daptone Records
Oh Boy Records

Video of the Year
John Prine – “Summer’s End” (Oh Boy Records)

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