Merlin Congratulates Member Labels and Distributors Nominated for 2024 Libera Awards - Merlin

Merlin Congratulates Member Labels and Distributors Nominated for 2024 Libera Awards

Congratulations to all of the Merlin Members nominated for 2024 Libera Awards, presented by Merlin. More than 35 Merlin label and distributor members have nominations with 166 total nominations, making up 76% of total nominations. The following is a list of Merlin Member nominees.

Independent Champion

Downtown Music Holdings

Peanut Butter Wolf – Stones Throw Records

Jorge Brea – Symphonic

Distributor of the Year



Secretly Distribution


Label of the Year (5 or Fewer Employees)

Bastard Jazz Recordings (Redeye)

Bayonet (Secretly Distribution)

Topshelf Records (Redeye)

Innovative Leisure (Redeye)

Label of the Year (6-14 Employees)

Captured Tracks (Secretly Distribution)

City Slang (IDOL)

Lex Records

Saddle Creek

Label of the Year (15 or More Employees)

Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Domino Recording Co.

Hopeless Records

Matador Records (Beggars)

Merge Records

Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Sub Pop Records

Third Man Records

Record of the Year

Mitski – The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Wednesday – Rat Saw God – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Breakthrough Artist

Bambii – Innovative Leisure (Redeye)

Bar Italia – Matador Records (Beggars)

Blondshell – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Slow Pulp – ANTI (Epitaph)

Wednesday – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Indigo De Souza – Saddle Creek Records

Say She She – Colemine Records (Secretly Distribution)

Best Alternative Rock Record

Courtney Barnett – End of the Day – Mom & Pop Music

Geese – 3D Country – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Hotline TNT – Cartwheel – Third Man Records

Mitski – The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Wednesday – Rat Saw God – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Best American Roots Record

Madi Diaz – Don’t Do Me Good feat. Casey Musgraves – ANTI (Epitaph)

MJ Lenderman – Rudolph – ANTI (Epitaph)

Hiss Golden Messenger – Jump for Joy – Merge Records

Esther Rose – Safe to Run – New West Records (Redeye)

Best Blues Record

The Count Basie Orchestra – Basie Swings the Blues – Candid Records (Exceleration Music)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London – Alligator Records (Exceleration Music)

Nick Waterhouse – The Fooler – Innovative Leisure (Redeye)

Best Classical

Chick Corea & Orchestra Da Camera Della Sardegna – Sardinia – Candid Records (Exceleration Music)

Doeke – Bewondering – Nettwerk Music Group

Hauschka – Philanthropy – City Slang (IDOL)

Kelly Moran – Vesela – Warp Records

Chick Corea & Orchestra Da Camera Della Sardegna – Mozart Concerto No. 24 C Minor. K. 491: II Larghetto – Candid Records (Exceleration Music)

Erik Hall – Canto Ostinato – Western Vinyl (Secretly Distribution)

Will Liverman – The Dunbar/Moore Sessions: Vol. I – Lexicon Classics (Symphonic)

Best Country Record

Mya Bryne – Rhinestone Tomboy – Kill Rock Stars (Exceleration Music)

Colbie Caillat – Along the Way – Blue Jean Baby Records (Downtown Artist & Label Services)

Best Dance Record

Aluna – Mycelium – Mad Decent

Braxe + Falcon – Step by Step (Remixes) – Smugglers Way (Domino Recording Company)

Jayda G – Guy – Ninja Tune

LP Giobbi – Light Places – Counter Records (Ninja Tune)

Peggy Gou – [It Goes Like] Nanana – XL Recordings (Beggars)

Hudson Mohawke & Nikki Nair – Set the Roof – Warp Records

Romy – Mid Air – YOUNG (Beggars)

Best Electronic Record

Floating Points – Birth4000 – Ninja Tune

Sofia Kourtesis – Madres – Ninja Tune

Little Dragon – Slugs of Love – Ninja Tune

ODESZA, Yellow House – Flaws in Our Design – Foreign Family Collective (Ninja Tune)

Overmono – Good Lies – XL Recordings (Beggars)

Yaeji – With a Hammer – XL Recordings (Beggars)

Best Folk Record

Julie Byrne – The Greater Wings – Ghostly International (Secretly)

Laura Jane Grace – Dysphoria Hoodie – Polyvinyl Records

Aoife O’Donovan – Age of Apathy Solo Sessions – Yep Roc Records (Redeye)

Andy Shauf – Norm – ANTI (Epitaph)

Sufjan Stevens – Javelin – Asthmatic Kitty Records (Secretly Distribution)

Sunny War – Anarchist Gospel – New West Records (Redeye)

Best Global Record

Altin Gün – Ask – ATO Records

Asake – Work of Art – YBNL Nation (EMPIRE)

Bombino – Sahel – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Pachyman – Switched-On – ATO Records

Best Heavy Record

Beartooth – The Surface – Red Bull Records

The Callous Daoboys – God Smiles Upon the Callous Daoboys – MNRK Music Group

Fucked Up – One Day – Merge

Soul Glo – If I Speak (Shut the Fuck Up) – Epitaph

From Ashes to New – Blackout – Better Noise Music

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record

Danny Brown – Quaranta – Warp Records

Conway the Machine – Won’t He Do It – Drumwork Music Group LLC (EMPIRE)

McKinley Dixon – Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? – City Slang (IDOL)

Kari Faux – Real B*tches Don’t Die! – Drink Sum Wtr (Secretly Distribution)

Aesop Rock – Integrated Tech Solutions – Rhymesayers Entertainment (Secretly Distribution)

Atmosphere – So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously – Rhymesayers Entertainment (Secretly Distribution)

Best Jazz Record

Louis Cole – Some Unused Songs – Brainfeeder (Ninja Tune)

John Carroll Kirby – Blowout – Stones Throw Records

Best Latin Record

Bebel Gilberto – João – [PIAS]

Helado Negro – LFO (Lupe Finds Oliveros) – 4AD (Beggars)

El Búho – Strata – Wonderwheel Recordings (Redeye)

Tagua Tagua – Tanto – Wonderwheel Recordings (Redeye)

Best Outlier Record

Anjimile – The King – 4AD (Beggars)

Anohni – My Back Was a Bridge For You to Cross – Secretly Canadian (Secretly)

Khruangbin – Live at Sydney Opera House – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Tirzah – Trip9love…??? – Domino Recording Co.

Yeule – softscarws – Ninja Tune

Best Pop Record

Belle and Sebastian – Late Developers – Matador Records (Beggars)

Chai – Chai – Sub Pop Records

Becca Mancari – Left Hand – Captured Tracks (Secretly Distribution)

Suki Waterhouse – To Love – Sub Pop Records

Best Punk Record

Civic – Taken by Force – ATO Records

Mannequin Pussy – I Got Heaven – Epitaph

Neck Deep – Take Me With You – Hopeless Records

Snõõper – Super Snõõper – Third Man Records

Soul Glo – If I Speak (Shut the Fuck Up) – Epitaph

Best R&B Record

Emily King – Special Occasion – ATO Records

Sampha – Lahai – YOUNG (Beggars)

Emeli Sandé – How Were We to Know – Chrysalis Records (Reservoir)

Jamila Woods – Water Made Us – Jagjaguwar (Secretly)

Jorja Smith – Falling or Flying – FAMM Limited (Because)

Best Record from Games and Interactive Media

Matt Creamer, Retroware, Professor Shyguy ft. Nur-D – Prison City Original Soundtrack – Screenwave Media

Best Reissue

Cymande – Cymande – Partisan Records [PIAS]

De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising – AOI Records (Reservoir)

The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic (Expanded and Remastered) – Third Man Records

Neutral Milk Hotel – The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel – Merge

Best Remix

Sudan Archives, ODESZA – Selfish Soul (ODESZA Remix) – Stones Throw Records

Christine and the Queens – Christine and the Queens To Be Honest (SG Lewis Remix) – Because

Best Rock Record

Be Your Own Pet – Mommy – Third Man Records

Blondshell – Blondshell – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

The National – First Two Pages of Frankenstein – 4AD (Beggars)

Queens of the Stone Age – In Times New Roman… – Matador Records (Beggars)

Ratboys – The Window – Topshelf Records (Redeye)

Best Short Form Video

Blondshell – “Kiss City” Reel – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

De La Soul – Tribute to Dave – AOI Records (Reservoir)

IDLES – “Grace” Teaser – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

John Carroll Kirby – Oropendola – Stones Throw Records

Mitski – The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Best Singer-Songwriter Record

Indigo De Souza – All of This Will End – Saddle Creek Records

Madi Diaz – Same Risk – ANTI (Epitaph)

Angel Olsen – Forever Means – Jagjaguwar (Secretly)

Jenny Owens Youngs – Avalanche – Yep Roc Records (Redeye)

Best Soul/Funk Record

Black Pumas – Chronicles of a Diamond – ATO Records

Neal Francis – Francis Comes Alive – ATO Records

Say She She – Silver – Colemine Records (Secretly Distribution)

Best Spiritual Record

Blind Boys of Alabama – Blind Boys of Alabama – Single Lock Records (Secretly Distribution)

Lecrae, Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Your Power – Reach Records

J Rocc – Beatitudes – Stones Throw Records

Lori Vambe – Space-Time Dreamtime – Strut (!K7)

Best Sync Usage

Cat Power – Cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” in A24’s Past Lives Trailer – Domino Recording Co.

Brittany Howard ft. Childish Gambino – “Stay High” in You People – ATO Records

Refused – “New Noise” in The Bear (Season 2) – Epitaph

Sharon Van Etten – “Anything” in Priscilla Trailer – Jagjaguwar (Secretly)

Nilüfer Yanya – “Midnight Sun” in The Boogeyman – ATO Records

Creative Packaging

Aphex Twin – Black Box Life Recorder 21F / In A Room7 F760 – Warp Records

De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising – AOI Records (Reservoir)

Neutral Milk Hotel – The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel – Merge

Various Artists – Sub Pop Club Vol. 8 – Sub Pop Records

Marketing Genius

Blondshell – Blondshell – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Partisan Records – De La Soul Catalog Release – AOI Records (Reservoir)

Peggy Gou – (It Goes Like) Nanana – XL Recordings (Beggars)

Mitski – The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We – Dead Oceans (Secretly)

Music Video of the Year

Black Pumas – More Than a Love Song – ATO Records

Blondshell – Salad – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Indigo De Souza – Younger & Dumber – Saddle Creek Records

Geese – Cowboy Nudes – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

IDLES – Dancer – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Arlo Parks – Blades – Partisan Records ([PIAS])

Shygirl – Heaven (feat. Tinashe) – Because

Publisher of the Year

Domino Publishing Company (Domino Recording Co.)

Reservoir Media

Secretly Publishing (Secretly)

Sub Pop Publishing (Sub Pop Records)

Warp Publishing (Warp Records)

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