Independent Labels Account for over 40% of Wins at 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards

January 29, 2018

New York, NY: It was a great year for the independent community, taking 36 out of 84 GRAMMY categories! A2IM would like to congratulates its member labels for their wins – (in alphabetical order): 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO Records, Big Machine Label Group, Concord Music Group, Compass Records, eOne, Mack Avenue Records, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop Records and Thirty Tigers.

“Independent artists swept more than forty percent of last night’s wins at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City,” said A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess. “A2IM is gratified that our peers, The Recording Academy voting members, so powerfully endorsed the diverse musical values and relevance of our independent community.”

Some of the main categories were won by indies: ATO Records’ Alabama Shakes took home the Best American Roots Performance. The National (4AD) won Best Alternative Music Album and Compass Records’ The Infamous Stringdusters were awarded Best Bluegrass Album. Best Contemporary Blues Album was taken by Concord Records with Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, ‘TajMo’ and Aimee Mann’s ‘Mental Illness’ won Best Folk Album for SuperEgo Records.

Thirty Tigers took home a grand total of four awards! Two Grammys go to Jason Isbell for Best Americana Album for ‘The Nashville Sound’ and Best American Roots Song for ‘If We Were Vampires’! Thirty Tigers also claims another two wins with CeCe Winans for Best Gospel Performance/Song and Best Gospel Album.

Mack Avenue Records also hit it big by winning in three Jazz categories! Billy Childs taking the Grammy in Best Jazz Instrumental Album for ‘Rebirth’, Christian McBride Big Band received Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for ‘Bringin’ It’, and Best Jazz Vocal Album for Cécile McLorin Salvant’s ‘Dreams and Daggers’.

Naxos cleaned up with three awards in the Classic Album category with Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for ‘Death & The Maiden’ by Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Best Classical Compendium for ‘Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto’ by Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Tim Handley, producer (James Button, Roberto Díaz & Nashville Symphony), and ‘Viola Concerto’ by Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony) for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

List of all Independent Label Winners:

In alphabetical order by category

Best Alternative Music Album

The National, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (4AD)

Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Thirty Tigers)

Best Americana Album

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, ‘The Nashville Sound’ (Thirty Tigers)

Best American Roots Performance

Alabama Shakes, ‘Killer Diller Blues’ (ATO Records)

Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) (Thirty Tigers)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella

John Williams, arranger (John Williams), ‘Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can’ (Ropeadope LLC Waterbaby Music Inc/Ropeadope LLC)

Best Bluegrass Album

The Infamous Stringdusters, ‘Laws of Gravity’ (Compass Records)

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage, ‘All The Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]’ (Upper Management )

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists), ‘The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition’ (Ozma Records)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, ‘Death & The Maiden’ (Naxos)

Best Children’s Album

Lisa Loeb, ‘Feel What U Feel’ (Furious Rose Productions)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra), ‘Crazy Girl Crazy’ (Alpha)

Best Classical Compendium

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Tim Handley, producer (James Button, Roberto Díaz & Nashville Symphony), ‘Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto’ (Naxos)

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, ‘TajMo’ (Self Release (Concord))

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony), ‘Viola Concerto’ (Naxos)

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Jeff Lorber Fusion, ‘Prototype’ (eOne)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio’ (Reference Recordings)

Best Folk Album

Aimee Mann, ‘Mental Illness’ (Aimee Mann/SuperEgo Records)

Best Gospel Performance/Song

CeCe Winans, ‘Never Have to Be Alone’ (PureSprings Gospel)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

John McLaughlin, ‘Miles Beyond’ (Abstract Logix)

Best Instrumental Composition

Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés), ‘Three Revolutions’(Self Release/Motema)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cécile McLorin Salvant, ‘Dreams and Daggers’ (Mack Avenue Records)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Billy Childs, ‘Rebirth’ (Mack Avenue Records)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Christian McBride Big Band, ‘Bringin’ It’ (Mack Avenue Records)

Best Latin Jazz Album

Pablo Ziegler Trio, ‘Jazz Tango’ (Zoho Music)

Best Music Film

Various Artists, ‘The Defiant Ones’ (HBO)

Best New Age Album

Peter Kater, ‘Dancing on Water’ (Point of Light)

Best Orchestral Performance

Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio’ (Reference Recordings)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Aida Cuevas, ‘Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas’ (Self-Release/Cuevas)

Best Recording Package

Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty), ‘Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)’ (Sub Pop)

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Lost Bayou Ramblers, ‘Kalenda’ (Lost Bayou Ramblers)

Best Roots Gospel Album

Reba McEntire, ‘Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope’ (Rockin’ R Records/Big Machine)

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), ‘How Far I’ll Go’ (Disney)

Best Surround Sound Album

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom), ‘Early Americans’ (Outline Records)

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Childish Gambino, ‘Redbone’ (Glassnote Records)

Best Tropical Latin Album

Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, ‘Salsa Big Band’ (Self-Release)

Best World Music Album

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, ‘Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration’ (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

 

About A2IM

A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 500 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

The organization’s board of directors consists of the following: ATO Vice President Stephanie Alexa, President of Concord Music Group Glen Barros, Redeye Co-Owner Glenn Dicker, INgrooves EVP & General Manager Amy Dietz, Co-President of Mom+Pop Music Thaddeus Rudd, Big Machine COO Andrew Kautz, Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin, Secretly Label Group Co-Owner Darius Van Arman and Razor & Tie President Vic Zaraya.


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