2021 Winners

A2IM HUMANITARIAN AWARD

☆ Killer Mike & EL-P of Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc)

 

BEST AMERICANA RECORD

☆ Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d)

 

BEST CLASSICAL RECORD

☆  Erik Hall – Music for 18 Musicians (Steve Reich) (Western Vinyl)

 

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC RECORD

☆ Caribou – Suddenly (Merge Records)

 

BEST HIP-HOP/RAP RECORD

Presented by Virgin Music

☆ Run the Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners, Inc.)

 

BEST LATIN RECORD

☆ Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Agüita (Jagjaguwar in partnership with Stones Throw Records)

 

BEST METAL RECORD

☆ Architects – “Animals” (Epitaph Records)

 

BEST PUNK RECORD

☆ IDLES – Ultra Mono (Partisan Records)

 

BEST RE-ISSUE RECORD

☆ J Dilla – Donuts (Jelly Edition) (Stones Throw Records)

 

BEST SPIRITUAL RECORD

☆ Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling (STRUT)

 

BEST WORLD RECORD

Presented by Redeye Worldwide

☆ Altin Gün – Ordunun Dereleri (ATO Records)

☆ Songhoy Blues – Optimisme (Fat Possum Records)

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Presented by YouTube Music

☆ FKA twigs – “Sad Day” (Young)

 

CREATIVE PACKAGING

☆ Soccer Mommy – Color Theory limited edition back to school binder (Loma Vista Recordings)

 

INDEPENDENT CHAMPION

Presented by Merlin

☆ Bandcamp

 

LABEL OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM)

☆ Light in the Attic Records

BEST ALTERNATIVE ROCK RECORD

☆ Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans)

 

BEST BLUES RECORD

☆ Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (Cooking Vinyl Ltd.)

 

BEST COUNTRY RECORD

☆ Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (Merge Records)

 

BEST FOLK/BLUEGRASS RECORD

☆ Angel Olsen- Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)

 

BEST JAZZ RECORD

Presented by Qobuz

☆ Gil-Scott Heron & Makaya McCraven – We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (XL Recordings)

 

BEST LIVE/LIVESTREAM ACT

☆ Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)

 

BEST OUTLIER RECORD

Presented by The Orchard

☆ Khruangbin – Mordechai (Dead Oceans)

 

BEST R&B RECORD

☆ Thundercat – It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)

 

BEST ROCK RECORD

Presented by MSK (Mitchell; Silberberg & Knupp, LLP)

☆ Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records)

 

BEST SYNC USAGE

☆ Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc.) – “Ooh LA LA” – Season three of Netflix’s Ozark

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Presented by Amazon Music

☆ Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans)

 

MARKETING GENIUS

☆ Beggars Group – Supporting Indie Retail #loverecordstores Campaign

 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST/RELEASE

Presented by Ingrooves

☆ Arlo Parks (Transgressive Records)

 

LABEL OF THE YEAR (BIG)

Presented by ADA

☆ Sub Pop Records

 

LABEL OF THE YEAR (SMALL)

Presented by Spotify

☆ Daptone Records