On Dec 6th, the final nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced and once again independents were clearly celebrated by the voting members of The Recording Academy scoring 210 of the 393 non-producer category nominations.
Independents have nominations in 68 of the 79 counted categories including Record of the Year (Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records), Album of the Year (Mumford & Sons “Babel”, Glassnote) and 2 of the Best New Artist nominees (Alabama Shakes, ATO Records and The Lumineers, Dualtone Music Group). Demonstrating the contribution that independents make to all music genres, categories such as Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, Best Americana Album, Best Bluegrass Album, Best Folk Album, Best Blues Album and nearly all of the Classical Album categories were dominated by independent nominations.
For a full list of A2IM member nominees, click HERE. If you are an A2IM member, who had an artist who was nominated that is not listed here, please let us know.
This morning A2IM’s PR firm Shore Fire Media issued the below press release celebrating our community’s success. Congratulations and good luck to all of our members and their artists and we look forward to celebrating a great night in February.
Read the Press Here From FMQB
Independents Log Half of All GRAMMY Noms For 3rd Consecutive Year
A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, congratulates this year’s Grammy Award nominees, in particular recognizing the independent music labels and artists that earned 210 nominations out of 393 non‐producer category nominations ‐ half of all nominees for the third consecutive year. Independents were led by huge nights for Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Ultra Music, Smithsonian Folkways, Naxos of America, and Concord Music Group, the independent label leader in total GRAMMY nominations with 26 total nods.
Jim Mahoney, A2IM Vice President, says, “What an exciting night for so many independent labels and artists… from independent leaders Concord Music Group, Glassnote, Ultra Records and ATO to the outstanding people at Sunnyside Records,Mack Avenue, Nacional, and Compass Records…outstanding!”
Of the multiple nominations for Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel,’ Glassnote CEO Daniel Glass said “‘Babel’ continues to prove itself and touch people. We are elated, inspired, and proud of Mumford & Sons and their very talented producer Markus Dravs.”
Echoed ATO Records GM Jon Salter, “We’re so proud to be working with the Alabama Shakes. The band’s talent and passion brings an energy to the music that’s touching listeners across the country. Congratulations to the Shakes and all the devoted fans.” Nicole Blonder, Sr. Director of Marketing and Sales for Mute Records continued, “We’re so proud of M83 and the entire team! Everyone’s worked incredibly hard to have this masterpiece of an album be recognized by the industry. It’s been an amazing year!” Dualtone Music’s Marketing Director Paul Roper expressed similar sentiments, “We are honored to have The Lumineers included in the list of Grammy nominees for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album. It’s incredibly gratifying and humbling for the label and the band that their music is being received so well on this scale. It’s an incredible time to be an indie and it’s wonderful to see the community so well represented in both these categories.”
“On behalf of everyone who pours their hearts and souls into the great artists on independent labels,” continued Mahoney, “A2IM couldn’t be prouder or more pleased for the recognition that the voting members of The Recording Academy showered upon this community tonight. Congrats to all of the nominees and we look forward to a big independent celebration in February.”