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The 18th Independent Music Awards Nominations

The 18th Independent Music Awards Nominations

The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) celebrates independent artists and releases from independent record labels every year. The IMAs honor releases in over 100 categories, including best albums, songs, EPs, producers, and videos across all genres. The 18th IMA’s will be honoring over 400 nominees from over 100 nations and ultimately handing out more than 140 awards to all winners. 

Nominees are chosen solely on artistry and authenticity alone, not streams, likes, or marketing success. The judges for the nominations and winners span across the music industry with artists from a variety of genres and professionals from various different companies. Fans also vote for a few of the nominees, such as their favorite Song and Video entries, to determine the IMA Vox Pop nominees and winners. Fan voting for Vox Pop Song and Video Winners ends Thursday, April 23rd at Midnight PST.

The ceremony is set to take place online in place of a live event in New York City like years prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Judge and Fan selected Winners will be announced online on Tuesday, April 28th at 2PM EST.

The Orchard is proud to partner with independent labels worldwide that have achieved over 70 nominations this year! Over 20 labels were nominated across over 40 categories with nods to albums, songs, EPs, and videos, as well as producers and creatives. 

Wicked Cool Records, a Garage Rock label founded by Steven Van Zandt, totaled a whopping 19 nominations! Wicked Cool Records was founded in 2004 and continues to be a great support for new rock bands that are emerging on the scene. Nominations include Best Americana Album for Jesse Malin’s Sunset Kids, Best Indie/Alternative Rock Album for The DollyrotsDaydream Explosion, and Best Rock/Hard Rock Song for Soraia’s “Evergreen.”

Season of Mist also impressed judges, garnering 13 nominations! Season of Mist is an extreme metal independent label out of Marseille, France and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nominees including four of five nominations for Best Metal/Hardcore Album: 1349’s The Infernal Pathway, Abbath’s Outstrider, Misery Index’s Rituals of Power, and Rotting Christ’s The Heretics. Other nominations include Best Rock/Hard Rock Album for Voyager’s Colours in the Sun and Best World Traditional Song for Heilung’s “Norupo.” 

Nathalie Hazim (Malagana Records SRL) achieved three nominations, Best Dance/Electronica Song for “Apaga la Luz (Nueva Versión),” and Best Love Song and Best Pop Producer for “Más de lo que Soñé.”

Wouter Kellerman (Kellerman Music/Next Music) was nominated for six awards including Best Concept Album for In a Different Light, and Best Social Action Short Form Video and Best Social Action Song for “Baroque to the Rescue.”

We are so proud of all the labels and artists who have been recognized for their fantastic work! To view the full list of nominees, head over to IMA’s nominee list or see those distributed by The Orchard below:

Best Americana Album 

Jesse Malin Sunset Kids (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Blues Album

Frank Bey All My Dues Are Paid (Nola Blue Records) 

Sunday Wilde Sunday WIlde & The 1 Eyed Jacks (Sunday Wilde)

Best Concept Album 

S.J. Jananiy Shiva Mahimai, Vol. 2 (JSJ Audio)

Wouter Kellerman In a Different Light (Kellerman Music/Next Music)

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Delaporte Como Anoche (Mad Moon Music/Gran Sol)

Best Debut Album

VLTIMAS Something Wicked Marches In (Season of Mist)

Best Indie/Alternative Rock Album

Palmyra Delran and The Doppel Gang Come Spy With Me (Wicked Cool Records)

Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts This Is the Sound (Wicked Cool Records)

The Dollyrots Daydream Explosion (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Instrumental Album

Foli Griô Orquestra AJO (Tratore)

House of Waters Rising (GroundUP Music)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Ferenc Nemeth Freedom (Dreamers Collective Records)

Best Metal/Hardcore Album

1349 The Infernal Pathway (Season of Mist)

Abbath Outstrider (Season of Mist)

Misery Index Rituals of Power (Season of Mist)

Rotting Christ The Heretics (Season of Mist)

Best Reggae/Ska/Dancehall Album

Taj Weekes & Adowa To All My Relations (Jatta Records)

Best Rock/Hard Rock Album

Moron Police A Boat on the Sea (Mighty Jam Music Group)

Richard And The Young Lions Richard And The Young Lions: Volume 2 (Wicked Cool Records)

Voyager Colours in the Sun (Season of Mist)

Spidergawd V (Crispin Glover Records)

Best Tribute Album

Marius Noss Gundersen Brazilian Guitar Music (Gvito Records)

Best World Beat Album

Foli Griô Orquestra AJO (Tratore)

Best World Traditional Album

Grupo Ofá Obatalá: Uma Homenagem a Mãe Carmen (Deck)

Best Adult Contemporary Song

Nihira Joshi Deshpande “Nirmohiya (feat. Rhythm Shaw)” (Ok Listen Media)

Best Americana Song

Jesse Malin “Room 13 (feat. Lucinda Williams)” (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Blues Song

Cash McCall “One Who’s Got a Lot” (Nola Blue Records)

Best Children’s Music (Song)

Sara Lovell “I Don’t Sleep in a Bed” (Unbreakable Chord Music)

Best Country Song

Mallory Johnson “Drunk Mind, Sober Heart” (MRI Entertainment)

Best Dance/Electronica Song

Nathalie Hazim “Apaga la Luz (Nueva Versión)” (Malagana Records SRL)

Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song

Jonatha Brooke “Fire” (Bad Dog / PRA Records)

Best Holiday Song

Nickie Conley “100 Christmas Kisses” (Aftertouch Music)

Best Indie/Alternative Rock Song

Jesse Malin “Strangers & Thieves (feat. Billie Joe Armstrong)’” (Wicked Cool Records)

Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts “This is the Sound” (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Instrumental Song

Sultans of String “The Grand Bazaar (feat. Béla Fleck & Robi Botos)” (CEN)

Best Love Song

Nathalie Hazim “Más de lo que Soñé” (Malagana Records SRL)

Best Metal/Hardcore Song

Abbath “Harvest Pyre” (Season of Mist)

Misey Index “New Salem” (Season of Mist)

Best Rock/Hard Rock Song

The Dollyrots “Everything” (Wicked Cool Records)

VATTICA “Criminal” (MRI Entertainment)

Wyldlife “Neon Nightmare” (Wicked Cool Records)

Soraia “Evergreen” (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Social Action Song

Wouter Kellerman “Baroque to the Rescue (feat. Konshens The MC & Lady Zamar)” (Kellerman Music/Next Music)

Used in Ad Campaign

NEEDSHES “Unbelievable” (Music Line)

Best World Traditional Song

Heilung “Norupo” (Season of Mist)

Best Eclectic EP

Dub Mentor A Slow Hot Wind (Lior Suliman/EnT-T)

Ruud Houwling The Wind Just Blew a Day Away (Arland Records)

Best Rock EP

The Coolies Uh-Oh! It’s… The Coolies (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Roots/Country EP

Jonatha Brooke Imposter (Bad Dog / PRA Records)

Best Eclectic Producer

Dub Mentor – Dub Mentor 4YX (Lior Suliman/EnT-T)

Best Instrumental Producer

Wouter Kellerman, Wessel van Rensburg, Ralf Schmitt, Andy Innes, Mauritz Lotz, Lonnie Park, Cornielle H. Hutton – Wouter Kellerman In a Different Light (Kellerman Music/Next Music)

Best Pop Producer

Hafid Salaxar Banoy, Nathalie Hazim, Alexandro Seguí – Nathalie Hazim “Más de lo que Soñé” (Malagana Records SRL)

Best Rock Producer

Steven Van Zandt – Richard and The Young Lions Richard and The Young Lions: Volume 2 (Wicked Cool Records)

Kim Shattuck, The Coolies – The Coolies Uh-Oh! It’s…The Coolies (Wicked Cool Records)

John Fields, The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots Daydream Explosion (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Roots/Country Producer

Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby (Producers); Geoff Sanoff, Michael Iurato (Executive Producers) – Jesse Malin Sunset Kids (Wicked Cool Records)

Best World Producer

Christopher Juul – Heilung Futha (Season of Mist)

Chris McKhool, John “Beetle” Bailey – Sultans of String Refuge (CEN)

Best Album Art/Photography

DULK (Antonio Segura Donat) – Moron Police A Boat on the Sea (Might Jam Music Group)

Fred Lammers – Palmyra Delran and the Doppel Gang Come Spy With Me (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Album Packaging

Louis Arzonico – The Coolies Uh-Oh! It’s…The Coolies (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Artist Publicity Photo

Jorn Veberg – Gaahls WYRD Ghosts Invited (Season of Mist)

Søren Bech – Heilung Futha (Season of Mist)

Best Music Promo Poster

Ashleigh Flynn, Kate Flather – Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters “Spare Room Event Poster” (Home Perm Records)

Best Music Website

Ashleigh Flynn, Kate Flather – Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters Website (Home Perm Records)

Best Swag

Ashleigh Flynn, Kate Flather – Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters “B-17 Baseball T-Shirt” (Home Perm Records)

Best Concept/Experimental Short-Form Video

The Jellybricks “Brooklyn” (Wicked Cool Records)

Best Narrative Short Form Video

Árstíðir “Entagled” (Season of Mist)

Best Performance Short Form Video

Wouter Kellerman “Shape of You (feat. Ndlovu Youth Choir)” (Kellerman Music/Next Music)

Best Social Action Short Form Video

Wouter Kellerman “Baroque to the Rescue (feat. Konshens The MC & Lady Zamar)” (Kellerman Music/Next Music) 

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