Japanese Breakfast, Jason Isbell and Brittany Howard are among the artists performing at the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards, which will be held on June 16 in a hybrid streaming/in-person format.
The virtual ceremony will air at 6:30 p.m. ET exclusively on A2IM’s YouTube channel. The online broadcast will feature performances by Japanese Breakfast, which is the main nominee for this year’s Libera Awards with seven nominations; Howard, who is nominated in two categories at this year’s event; Isbell, up for three awards, including Best American Record and Record of the Year; ambient pop artist Helado Negro, who is coming off an international tour in support of his seventh studio album, far in; and R&B artist Cautious Clay, who released his first full-length studio album, Impassive loveLast year.
Japanese Breakfast, the solo musical project of musician Michelle Zauner, was the musical guest on NBC’s season finale Saturday Night Live during the weekend. She was nominated in two categories at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for Jubilee. Zauner is currently working on the film adaptation of his 2021 memoir, Crying in H Mart.
The biggest independent music awards show, this year’s event has two components: an in-person, ticketed gala focusing on industry and advocacy awards, held at Webster Hall of New York, and a separate, free stream of consumer-facing awards and performances from top artists in the independent space.
The live event will honor DJ, producer and rapper Madlib with the Independent Icon Award. Madlib started his career in the early 90s when he joined Lootpack alongside DJ Romes and Wildchild. The trio eventually parted ways to work on solo projects, which resulted in collaborations such as Madlib’s 2003 album. sound champ, created with J Dilla; the 2004 album Madvillainy, recorded alongside MC MF Doom; and several singles and LPs with rapper Freddie Gibbs. Madlib has also released projects under alter egos such as Quasimoto, Beat Konducta and Yesterdays New Quintet. Earlier this year, it was announced that he would produce No fear of timehip-hop duo Black Star’s reunion album.
Among the artists performing live at the gala: Sammy Rae & The Friends, a funk-infused rock ‘n’ roll band fronted by singer-songwriter Samantha Bowers; folk artist Tré Burt, who toured in support of his latest album, You, yeah, you; and Brooklyn-based pop R&B singer-songwriter Adrian Daniel, who received critical acclaim from Vibe and NPR, and recently released his latest EP crimson.
Madlib will also host the Libera Awards afterparty at the Ritz Lounge. The event takes place at Webster Hall in New York City from 6-11 p.m. ET.
The in-person gala will feature live and industry-initiated awards presentations, 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 legendary singer and activist Dionne Warwick.
IMPALA’s Sustainability Working Group will receive the top Sustainability Innovation Award. 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 produced and made with 100% recycled materials.
The American Association for Independent Music (A2IM) sponsors the Libera Awards. This year’s Libera Awards are presented by Merlin and produced by Marauder.
A2IM is a New York-based nonprofit business organization working to support the independent recorded music industry. Membership includes nearly 700 independent US music labels.
Each year, the Libera Awards are the culmination of A2IM’s Indie Week, an international conference that brings together leaders from the independent music world for four days of keynotes, workshops and panels. This year’s Indie Week will take place from June 13-16. To learn more, visit https://a2im.org/indieweek.
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