Merlin congratulates the independent music community at large, and the nominees and winners of the 2021 Libera Awards! If you missed the event, you can catch highlights on A2IM’s YouTube channel. We’re proud to recognize the 19 Merlin members who were crowned winners this year. Here are the 2021 Libera Award winners from Merlin’s membership:
Best R&B Record: Thundercat – It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune)
Best Outlier Record: Khruangbin – Mordechai (Dead Oceans/Secretly Group)
Best Jazz Record: Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (XL Recordings)
Best Latin Record: Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Agüita (Jagjaguwar in partnership with Stones Throw Records)
Best Metal Record: Architects – Animals (from For Those That Wish to Exist, Epitaph Records)
Best Re-Issue Record: J Dilla – Donuts (Jelly Edition) (Stones Throw Records)
Best Folk/Bluegrass Record: Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)
Best Country Record: Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (Merge Records)
Best Live/Livestream Act: Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans, Secretly Group)
Marketing Genius: Beggars Group
Lifetime Achievement Award: Stax Records
Best Alternative Rock Record: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans/Secretly Group)
Best World Record: TIE Altin Gün – “Ordunun Dereleri” (ATO Records), Songhoy Blues – Optimisme (Fat Possum Records)
Best Spiritual Album: Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling (STRUT, via !K7)
Best Dance/Electronic Record: Caribou – Suddenly (Merge Records)
Breakthrough Artist: Arlo Parks (Transgressive/[PIAS])
Label of The year (Small): Daptone Records (Redeye Distribution)
Label of The Year (Large): Sub Pop
Video Of The Year: FKA twigs – Sad Day (Young Turks) – Beggars Group
Record of The Year: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans/Secretly)
Merlin provides independents the means to own their future. Merlin is a member led, music focused organization providing digital music licensing for the leading independents across the globe. Members benefit from Merlin’s premium deals, but work directly with key digital partners. Our membership consists of independent labels, distributors, and other rights-holders, representing tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists from every country in the world. Merlin works collaboratively with our digital partners, delivers value back to those digital partners, and seeks to drive other incremental benefits to our members.
Merlin’s approach has enabled our membership to grow to represent 15% of the global market share. Merlin’s membership includes independents such as Armada Music, Beggars Group, Better Noise, Cinq Music Group, Dim Mak, Entertainment One, Foundation Media, Kontor, Mad Decent, Mom & Pop, Mushroom Music, Ninja Tune, [PIAS], Republic of Music, Secret City, Secretly, state51, Stone Throw, Sub Pop, Symphonic Distribution, Tommy Boy, Warp, and hundreds more.
Merlin now has deals with over 30 digital services, including Apple, AWA, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook/Instagram, JioSaavn, JOOX, KKBox, Pandora, Snap, SoundCloud, Spotify, Tencent, TikTok, Triller, Yandex, and YouTube Music, and is in conversations with dozens more.
Merlin has offices in London, New York, and Tokyo.
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