The 2015 Libera Award Nominees…

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A2IM’s Libera Awards nominations were due back in February. This list of nominees has now been released. Beggars Group has received the most nominations.

Winners will be announced at the fourth annual awards on June 25th at the Highline Ballroom in New York.

2015 Libera Award Nominees:

Marketing Genius Award

  • 311 ‘STER3OL1TH1C’ PledgeMusic album release campaign (marketing lead: Rich Lyne) (311 Music)
  • Aphex Twin ‘Syro’ album release campaign (marketing lead: Steven Hill) (Warp)
  • Little Dragon ‘1-800-NABUMA’ campaign (marketing lead: Adam Farrell) (Loma Vista)
  • Run the Jewels ‘Meow the Jewels / Tag the Jewels’ (marketing lead: Run the Jewels) (Mass Appeal)
  • Various Artists ‘Or Thousands of Prizes: Merge 25’ Campaign (marketing lead: Becky Mormino) (Merge)
  • Various Artists ‘Ten Bands One Cause: Pink Vinyl’ (marketing lead: Alex Brody) (RED)
  • William Onyeabor ‘William Onyeabor Box Set’ campaign (marketing lead: Eric Welles Nystrom) (Luaka Bop)

Hardest Working Artist of the Year

  • Andy Grammer (S-Curve)
  • Father John Misty (Sub Pop)
  • Future Islands (4AD)
  • Pop Evil (eOne)
  • Run the Jewels (Mass Appeal)
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Daptone)
  • Steve Earle (New West)

Best Sync Usage

  • Family of the Year “Hero” (usage: ‘Boyhood’) (Nettwerk)
  • FKA Twigs “Video Girl” (usage: Google Glass Commercial) (Young Turks)
  • Hudson Mohawke “Chimes” (usage: Apple MacBook Air Ad: ‘The Notebook People Love’) (Warp)
  • Nick Waterhouse “Times All Gone” (usage: Lexus Commercial) (Innovative Leisure)
  • Passenger “Let Her Go” (usage: Budweiser Puppy Bowl) (Nettwerk)
  • Syl Johnson “I’m Talking About Freedom” (usage: Nike Free SB Commercial) (Numero Group)
  • tUnE-yArDs “Water Foundtain” (usage: Sonos Commercial) (4AD)
  • Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (usage: ‘Sonic Highways’) (Smithsonian Folkways)

Marketplace Ally

Independent Champion

Creative Packaging Award

  • Aphex Twin ‘Syro’ (Warp)
  • As Tall As Lions ‘As Tall As Lions’ (Triple Crown)
  • Belle and Sebastian ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ (Matador)
  • Ibeyi ‘Ibeyi’ (XL)
  • Leadbelly ‘The Smithsonian Folkways Collection’ (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Panda Bear ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’ (Domino)
  • Various Artists ‘Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles’ (Numero Group)

Groundbreaking Album of the Year

  • Azealia Banks ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ (Prospect Park)
  • Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (ATO)
  • Caribou ‘Our Love’ (Merge)
  • FKA Twigs ‘LP1’ (Young Turks)
  • Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’ (Warp)
  • John Luther Adams ‘Become Ocean’ (Cantaloupe Music)
  • Run the Jewels ‘Run the Jewels 2’ (Mass Appeal)

Heritage Album of the Year

  • Dr. John ‘Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch’ (Concord Records)
  • Lucinda Williams ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone’ (Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers)
  • Miles Davis ‘Prestige 10″ LP Collection, V.1’ (Prestige/Fantasy)
  • Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens ‘Cold World’ (Daptone)
  • Nikki Lane ‘All of Nothin’ (New West)
  • Shovels & Rope ‘Swimmin Time’ (Dualtone)
  • Sturgill Simpson ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’ (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

  • Alvvays (Polyvinyl)
  • Chet Faker (Downtown)
  • Kygo (Ultra)
  • Mac Demarco (Captured Tracks)
  • MisterWives (Photo Finish)
  • Sturgill Simpson (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)
  • Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

Video of the Year

  • Die Antwoord “Ugly Boy” (Zef Records/Kobalt Label Services)
  • FKA Twigs “Two Weeks” (Young Turks)
  • Flying Lotus “Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Warp)
  • Jungle “Time” (XL)
  • OK Go “I Won’t Let You Down” (BMG Rights Management)
  • tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” (4AD)

Album of the Year

  • Aphex Twin ‘Syro’ (Warp)
  • Ex Hex ‘Rips’ (Merge)
  • Father John Misty ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ (Sub Pop)
  • FKA Twigs ‘LP1’ (Young Turks)
  • Run the Jewels ‘Run the Jewels 2’ (Mass Appeal)
  • Sleater-Kinney ‘No Cities to Love’ (Sub Pop)
  • Spoon ‘They Want My Soul’ (Loma Vista)
  • Taylor Swift ‘1989’ (Big Machine)
  • Tycho ‘Awake’ (Ghostly International)
  • The War on Drugs ‘Lost In the Dream’ (Secretly Canadian)

Label of the Year (5 or Less Employees)

  • Dangerbird Records
  • Daptone Records
  • Ghostly International
  • Kill Rock Stars
  • Innovative Leisure
  • Lindseystomp Music
  • Loma Vista Recordings
  • Mass Appeal Records

Label of the Year

  • 4AD
  • Big Machine
  • Concord
  • Hopeless Records
  • Partisan Records
  • Secretly Canadian
  • Sub Pop
  • Thirty Tigers