The 2018 A2IM Libera Award Nominations Are Here


The good people at the American Association of Independent Music, better known as A2IM, announced the nominees for the annual Libera Awards this week. The ceremony takes place on June 21st, celebrating acts and labels of all sizes in indie music. Among the many fantastic nominees are several from The Orchard family.

2018 has been quite a whirlwind of a year already for Run The Jewels. Following their 2017 release RTJ3, the duo took the crown as ambassadors of Record Store Day, released a remix and will be touring with pop sensation Lorde, and now, they’ve earned a spot on the Libera Awards ballot. El-P and Killer Mike earned nominations for both Best Sync Usage for EA’s FIFA ’18 Official trailer starring Cristiano Ronaldo and Marketing Genius for their ‘Call Ticketron!’ campaign.

Triple Crown Records are back-to-back nominees for the Label of the Year (Small) Award. Home to a number of rock and pop-punk favorites such as Foxing, Into It Over It, Tiny Moving Parts and more, Triple Crown is the defending champion of this award after winning it in 2017. We’re rooting for a repeat!

Nacional Records also raked in three nominations including two releases up for Best Latin Album with Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado’s La Síntesis O’Konor and La Vida Boheme’s La Lucha. Forró In The Dark marks the third with Sandcastle, up for Best World Album.

See the full list of nominees on the 2018 Libera Awards site and take a look at The Orchard’s wide variety of nominated labels below. Congratulations to all those nominated, we’ll see you June 21st at the Playstation Theater!

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS & FOLK ALBUM
Aimee Mann — Mental Illness (SuperEgo)

BEST BLUES ALBUM
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band — Front Porch Sessions (Family Owned Records)

BEST COUNTRY/AMERICANA ALBUM
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — The Nashville Sound (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)

BEST LATIN ALBUM
Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado — La Síntesis O’Konor (Nacional Records)
La Vida Boheme — La Lucha (Nacional Records)

BEST METAL ALBUM
Myrkur — Mareridt (Relapse Records)
Powerflo — Powerflo (New Damage Records)

BEST R&B ALBUM
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — Soul of a Woman (Daptone Records)

BEST RE-ISSUE
Alice Coltrane — World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop)

BEST SYNC USAGE
Run the Jewels — EA’s FIFA ’18 Official trailer starring Cristiano Ronaldo [Music Supervision: Raphaella Lima] (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
William Onyeabor — Apple – iPhone 7 Plus – Barbers [Music Supervision: Fine Gold Music] (Luaka Bop)

BEST WORLD ALBUM
Forró In The Dark — Sandcastle (Nacional Records)

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Power Trip — Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)

INDEPENDENT CHAMPION
Thirty Tigers

LABEL OF THE YEAR (SMALL)
Daptone Records
Triple Crown Records

MARKETING GENIUS
Run the Jewels — Call Ticketron! – 646.846.RTJ3 [www.1215.runthejewels.com] [Marketing Lead: Amaechi Uzoigwe & Lee Martin] (Run the Jewels, Inc.)

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