The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City, “the largest Independent music award show in the world.”. The event capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of “IndieWeek”, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event.
The awards celebrates the best music put out by American Independent record labels in the past year.
Among the winners, were a slew of Australians:
Julia Jacklin took home best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible “Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You” as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records) and Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records).
Other winners included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C., IDLES (who won Best Sync Usage and Best Live Act, beating out Courtney Barnett for the latter, who was amongst the winners at the 2019 event) and Big Thief, who won Album of the Year.
For all the details about the awards, and to see the full list of winners, head to liberaawards.com.