Japanese Breakfast, Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, More to Perform at Indie A2IM Libera Awards 2022 [Watch online free]

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The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced an impressive lineup for this year’s A2IM Libera Awards celebrating independent music and labels.

The largest independent music awards show in the world, this year’s event is both an in-person and paid gala focused on industry and advocacy awards, held at the Webster New York Hall, and a separate free consumer rewards broadcast. and shows

Madlib in the spotlight

The evening, which celebrates the extraordinary talent of the independent music community, will pay tribute to an iconic DJ, producer and rapper madlib with the Independent Icon Award.. Signed to Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw Records, the band would go on to be a defining influence on the label and brand. The trio eventually parted ways to work on solo projects, resulting in landmark collaborations such as Madlib’s 2003 album. sound champ, created with his longtime friend J Dilla, the 2004 album Madvillainy recorded alongside MC MF Doom, and several singles and LPs with rapper Freddie Gibbs released on independent label Madlib Invazion.

The concert


The virtual ceremony will begin streaming at 6:30 p.m. ET exclusively on A2IM’s YouTube channel. The online broadcast will feature performances by artists, including Japanese breakfastsoul singer-songwriter and producer Brittany Howard, Negro Heladowho have just come off an international tour in support of their seventh studio album, far in; songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Careful clayGrammy Award winner Jason isbell and his band The 400 Unit who are up for three awards, including Best American Record and Record of the Year.

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Among the artists who will perform live during the gala, there will be: Sammy Rae and Friends, a funk-infused 7-piece rock n’ roll band fronted by singer-songwriter Samantha Bowers; popular artist Tre Burtwho won the praise of NPRand is on tour in support of his latest album, You, yeah, you; Grammy-winning five-piece brass ensemble Canadian copper (nominated in the Best Classic category at this year’s awards); and Brooklyn-based pop R&B singer-songwriter Adrian Danielwho received critical acclaim from VIBE and NPR, and recently released his latest EP crimson. Other artists will be announced in the coming weeks. madlib will also DJ the Libera Awards afterparty at the Ritz Lounge. The event takes place at Webster Room in New York from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

Special rewards

The in-person gala will feature live award presentations from industry insiders, including Label of the Year (Small, Medium, Large), A2IM Humanitarian, and more. Two new honors focused on A2IM’s advocacy on Capitol Hill will be awarded: The Congressional Independent Music Guardian Award will honor Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA)and the Excellence In Advocacy award will honor the singer and activist Dionne Warwick.

the IMPALA Sustainability Working Group will receive the first Innovation in Sustainability award. To stay in line with A2IM’s sustainability initiatives, the Libera Awards encourage the selection of a plant-based meal, and all winners will receive custom-designed trophies that have been locally made and made with 100 materials. % recycled.

Bruce Houghton is founder and publisher of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and acts as principal advisor to Groupsintown who acquired the two publications in 2019. He is the founder and president of the Skyline Artist Agency and a teacher for Berklee College of Music.