Independent music reigned at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking home 50 percent of the evening’s honors, the highest percentage of wins since A2IM began tracking the awards in 2006. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home awards in four categories, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, for their independently released album, The Heist. Accepting one of his Grammys, Macklemore said, “we made it independently and appreciate all the support.” A2IM voting members had honored Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with a “Video of the Year” award at the organization’s 2013 Libera Awards.
Leading all independent labels, Concord Music Group artists took home six Grammy Awards including Best Blues Album, Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best American Roots Song. Concord President Glen Barros expressed his honor and appreciation, “To all our Grammy winning artists and nominees, I’m so glad that Grammy Love Has Come For You. It’s time to Get Up! Spread your Wings and celebrate! Congratulations to all. It’s a great honor to work with such amazing talent.”
XL Recording’s Kris Chen said of Vampire Weekend’s win for Best Alternative Album, “XL Recordings is so proud of Vampire Weekend for their Grammy win. They created the best album of their career so far, and certainly the best album released last year.”
Said Naxos USA CEO Jeff Van Driel, who counted two label Grammys and two more for projects distributed by Naxos: “It no longer seems to be a question of whether independent labels will fare well at the Grammy Awards. To that point, the Naxos of America distribution family includes hundreds of independent classical, world, and jazz labels that continue to get the attention of the Academy voters and this year is no exception. We are proud of all of our nominees and winners and look forward to more years of Grammy success.
A2IM Vice President Jim Mahoney remarked of Independent music’s strong showing at the 56th annual Grammys: “Independents take the risks, start every music trend, every new genre but sometimes its easy to forget that independents also bring the hits. From Macklemore to Vampire Weekend to all of the important genre category winners who make music listening so much more rich and interesting, A2IM thanks the GRAMMY voters for providing the ultimate level playing field recognizing the independent contribution with 50% of the Awards presented tonight.”
Quotes from other independent GRAMMY Award winning A2IM members include:
Tuff Gong Worldwide label head Orly Marley celebrated a Best Reggae Album GRAMMY saying, “We are proud and thrilled as an independent label to be recognized by The Recording Academy. Ziggy Marley’s latest offering is a true testament that good music live or studio is timeless and should be celebrated.” Tuff Gong Worldwide owner and GRAMMY Award winner Ziggy Marley added, “We are honored and humbled by this award. I’d like to thank the Grammys and all the people out there who support us. Thank you.”
Mike Carden president of operations Eagle Rock Entertainment, winner of 2 GRAMMYs for Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses expressed his gratitude, “I would like to thank all independent A2IM Grammy voters for their continued support of Eagle Rock’s great music films.”
Dualtone Music Group CEO Scott Robinson celebrating the well deserved recognition for Guy Clark said, ”Dualtone is deeply honored to have Guy Clark as part of our Dualtone family. Troubadours like Guy come around rarely…a storyteller, a songwriter, a poet, a guitar builder, and a painter. After seven nominations, Guy finally gets the Grammy recognition that he long deserves. Congrats Guy Clark!”
This year marked the sixth consecutive year that independent labels and artists led the industry with 50% of all nominations, earning 199 of 398 non-producer nominations.
Additional Grammy Press:
Independent Music Wins 50% Of 2014 Grammys
Independents Claim 50% Share of Grammy Wins, Largest Share in A2IM History
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