Alabama Shakes Dominate At A2IM's Libera Awards
June 17, 2016 at 12:17 PM (PT)
ALABAMA SHAKES, RUN THE JEWELS and jazz star KAMASI WASHINGTON were the big winners at last night's LIBERA AWARDS, sponsored by indie label coalition A2IM and SOUND EXCHANGE.
Hosted by indie-punk icon TED LEO, the event took place at NEW YORK's THE MANHATTAN CENTER and capped a week of activities at the annual indie confab.
Now in their fifth year, the "LIBBYS" honored CURB RECORDS' MIKE CURB with its LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Rap pioneers NAUGHTY BY NATURE were presented with the INDEPENDENT ICON AWARD.
Performers included NOSAJ THING, TORRES, MAC DeMARCO and honorees NAUGHTY BY NATURE, who played the final set.
ALABAMA SHAKES won the lion's share of the awards for Album Of The Year ("Sound & Color"), Best Live Act and Best Sync Usage. winning in the main category over BEACH HOUSE, COURTNEY BARNETT, JAMIE XX, SUFJAN STEVENS, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA and KAMASI WASHINGTON.
Other multiple winners included RUN THE JEWELS, awarded Marketing Genius and Video Of The Year for “Close Your Eyes”; and WASHINGTON, whose three-CD masterpiece, "The Epic," won for Groundbreaking and Heritage Album Of The Year.
COURTNEY BARNETT earned Breakthrough Artist honors for her album, "Sometimes I Sit And Think,And Simetimes I Just Sit."
Other 2016 LIBERA AWARD Winners:
Creative Packaging -- FATHER JOHN MISTY "I Love You Honeybear"
Independent Champion - MERLIN: CHARLES CALDAS, JIM MAHONEY & TOM DEAKIN
Into the Pit-- SAVAGES, "Adore Life"
Young Label Spotlight Award (Presented by IMPALA) -- INNOVATIVE LEISURE, NATE NELSON (Co-Owner)
Shifting Beats -- JAMIE xx "In Colour"
Video Of The Year (Fan Vote) -- GRIMES, "Kill V. Maim" (4AD)
A&R Team of the Year -- ATO Records - JON SALTER (General Manager) & Friends
Label of the Year (<5 employees) -- DAPTONE RECORDS - NEAL SUGARMAN (Co-Owner)
Label of the Year (6+ employees) -- SUB POP RECORDS - JONATHAN PONEMAN (President)