Independent Labels Earn Over Half Of All Grammy Nominations For 5th Straight Year
December 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM (PT)
Independent labels earned over half of all GRAMMY nominastions for the fifth year running, receiving nominations in key Categories, including RECORD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE, BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE, BEST R&B ALBUM and BEST RAP PERFORMANCE. ,
Indie artists earned 219 nominations out of 404 non-producer category nominations (excluding the not-yet-announced ALBUM OF THE YEAR nominations). Independents scored a majority of nominations in 41 of the 81 non-producer categories. For 15 of the categories, including BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM, BEST BLUES ALBUM, BEST FOLK ALBUM and BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM, independents secured 100% of the nominations.
Leading the way for the A2IM Independent community were label members BIG MACHINE, CONCORD MUSIC GROUP, EONE, MOTEMA MUSIC and NAXOS. TAYLOR SWIFT (BIG MACHINE) received three nominations, including RECORD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR and BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE; CHILDISH GAMBINO (GLASSNOTE) received two nominations, including BEST RAP PERFORMANCE and BEST RAP ALBUM; and ARCTIC MONKEYS (DOMINO) received a nomination for BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE.
A2IM President RICH BENGLOFF commented: "This year, the RECORDING ACADEMY has once again recognized the abundance of extraordinary music coming from the Independent sector. We congratulate our members and the independent label community on the well-deserved recognition of their hard work and leadership in providing the world outstanding music from their talented artists for all the world to enjoy. Nominations received by music label brands like COMPASS, DAPTONE, GHOSTLIGHT/SH-K-BOOM, MACK AVENUE, NACIONAL, NUMERO, RED HOUSE, SUNNYSIDE, RUFF GONG, VP, WARP and many others speaks to how these music creators and their artists have become trusted sources to the diverse groups of fans of a wide variety of musical genres. Congratulations to all of the nominees."