Merlin Members Crowned Winners At The 2021 Libera Awards

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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)


マーリンは無所属に彼らの未来を所有する手段を提供します。 Merlinは、メンバー主導の音楽中心の組織であり、世界中の主要な独立系企業にデジタル音楽ライセンスを提供しています。メンバーはマーリンのプレミアムディールの恩恵を受けますが、主要なデジタルパートナーと直接連携します。私たちのメンバーシップは、独立したレーベル、ディストリビューター、その他の権利所有者で構成されており、世界中のあらゆる国の数万のレーベルと数十万のアーティストを代表しています。 Merlinは、デジタルパートナーと協力して作業し、それらのデジタルパートナーに価値を還元し、メンバーに他の段階的なメリットをもたらすことを目指しています。

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, and YouTube Music, and is in conversations with dozens more.


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