A2IM, the not-for-profit trade organisation representing a diverse group of over 400 Independently owned American record labels, has honoured songwriter, performer and producer Nick Lowe and the artist, label owner, and activist Ani DiFranco at its 6th Annual Libera Awards gala on Thursday, June 8 in New York. The event capped off the trade organisation’s 12th annual Indie Week (June 5-8).
Lowe’s award was presented by Michael Huppe of SoundExchnage, who noted that Lowe had released 14 albums, 23 singles, six compilations, three EPs and one live recording in addition to running seminal punk indie Stiff Records as well as producing the Damned‘s first album and eight Elvis Costello albums among others.
Lowe modestly described himself as just “another aging gent from across the sea” who “along the way managed to make one or two good records and hundreds of terrible records that no one remembers—which is why I’m here today.” He performed a short set of songs including ‘Cruel To Be Kind.’
This year’s other winners included Angel Olsen whose album My Woman (Jagjaguar) won Album of the Year; Radiohead (XL Recordings) who won for Best Live Act and Video of the Year (Fan Vote) for ‘Daydreaming;’ and the Jagjaguar which won Label of the Year (More Than Five Employees). Bandcamp won the Independent Champion Award; Triple Crown Records received best label with less than five employees, and the late-Sharon Jones (Daptone Records) who won Best Sync Usage for a Lincoln MKZ spot. Best Country/Americana/Folk Album went to Margo Price for Midwest Farmers Daughter (Third Man Records) and Best Classical/World Album was won by Tinariwen for Elwan (Anti-), while the Best Blues/Jazz/R&B Album award went to Charles Bradley for Changes (Daptone Records).