2023 A2IM Libera Awards: Win Big on Wet Leg, Run the Jewels and More

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wet leg their self-titled debut studio album took home record of the year at this year’s Liberas Awards, and also video of the year (with “Ur Mum”), best alternative rock record, best remix (“Too Late Now – the Soulwax Remix”) and marketing genius award. offered by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music), the ceremony took place on June 15 at City Hall in downtown New York City.

Past record winners of the year include Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, War on Drugs, Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers and 2022 winner Japanese Breakfast. Wet Leg’s sweep follows several major nominations and wins for the duo’s first ever Brit awards and their first record to win a double Grammy as well.

They also won in the breakthrough artist category last year. Free RewardsThe 2023 crown went to the Sudan Archives (Stones Throw Records). The self-taught violinist also holds the best R&B record for the wonderful “Natural Brown Prom Queen”.

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was honored with a humanitarian award, and Bandcamp was celebrated as this year’s standalone champion. See below for the full list of winners.

The show was hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress, who doubled as presenter and musical guest. Elsewhere, the nighttime event featured performances from a diverse cast of Grammy-nominated artists Margo Price and Shemekia Copeland, Latin Grammy-nominated artists Gaby Moreno, plus Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn, Sudan Archives, Seratones, Tamtam, Marshall Allen. and Sun Ra Arkestra with Martha Reeves.

Presenter and music artist Hannibal Buress at the 2023 A2IM Libera Awards. (Courtesy of Nick Karp)

The 2023 Libera Awards are the grand finale of Indie Week, A2IM’s three-day music conference and networking summit focused on maximizing indie music’s global impact. The convention consisted of thought-provoking leadership panels and keynotes; Topics of conversation included the music streaming ecosystem, the globalization of non-English genres, artificial intelligence in music, and much more.

A2IM is an organization that aims to strengthen the independent recorded music industry with the support of a broad coalition of nearly 700 independently owned American music labels.

2023 Libera Awards Winners:

Record of the Year
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

Label of the Year (5 employees or less)
innovative entertainment

Label of the Year by BeatBread (6-14 employees)
Captured Pieces

Label of the Year by Merlin (15 or more employees)
Partisan Records

A2IM Humanitarian Award
killer mike

Indie Champion
group camp

Video of the Year by YouTube Music
Wet Leg – “Ur Mum” (Domino Recording Co.)

Groundbreaking Artist/Broadcast
Sudan Archives (Stone Throwing Records)

Best Alternative Rock Recording by NME
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

Best American Roots Record
Angel Olsen – Big Time (Jagjaguwar)

Best Blues Recording
Shemekia Copeland – Too Much Has Come (Crocodile Records)

Best Classic Recording
Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn – Pigments (Combine Records)

Best Country Record
Plains – I Walked a Path with You (ANTI-)

Best Dance Recording
Biceps – Water (Ninja Melody)

b.Best Electronic Recording by Ingrooves
ODESZA – The Last Goodbye (Ninja Tune/Foreign Family Collective)

Best Folk Recording presented by Folk Alliance International
Grand Thief – Dragon New Hot Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)

Best Global Record presented by Redeye Worldwide
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Strange Fish/Arpeggi (ATO Records)

Best Heavyweight Record
black midi – Hellfire (Rough Trade Records)

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Recording by Virgin Music
Kenny Beats – LOUIE (XL Records)
Run the Jewels – RTJ CU4TRO (BMG)

Best Jazz Recording
Kamasi Washington – Garden Path (Young)

Best Latin Recording
Black Ice Cream – I’m Not Here Anymore (4AD)

Best Live/Live Broadcast Scene
Low – Live (Sub Pop Records)

Best Outlier Record
NNAMDÏ – Please Sit Down (Secretly Canada / Sooper Records)

Best Pop Recording
MUNA – MUNA (The Saddest Factory Records)

Best Punk Recording
Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Book)

Best R&B Recording by Tunecore
Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Beat Records)

Best Reissue
Fela Kuti – Fela with Ginger Baker Live! (Partisan Records)

Best Remix
Wet Leg – “Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix)” (Domino Recording Co.)

Best Rock Recording
Fontaines DC – Skinty Fia (Partisan Records)

Best Short Form Video
Bull and Moi – MAHAL TikTok series (Dead Oceans)

Best Singer-Songwriter Recording
Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Sub Pop Records)

Best Soul/Funk Recording
Lee Fields – Emotionally Stupid (Daptone Records)

Best Spiritual Record
Montell Fish – JAMIE (Lord’s Child)

Self-Published Record of the Year
Sarah Davachi – Two Sisters (Late Music)

Best Use of Sync
Stereolab – “A Flower Called Nowhere” in Atlanta (Warp Records)

creative packaging
Black Country, New Road – Ants From There, Deluxe (Ninja Tune)

Marketing Genius
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

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