2021 Winners

A2IM Humanitarian Award

☆ Killer Mike & EL-P of Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc)

Best Alternative Rock Record

☆ Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans)

Best Americana Record

☆ Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d)

Best Blues Record

 Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (Cooking Vinyl Ltd.)

Best Classical Record

  Erik Hall – Music for 18 Musicians (Steve Reich) (Western Vinyl)

Best Country Record

☆ Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (Merge Records)

Best Dance/Eelectric Record

 Caribou – Suddenly (Merge Records)

Best Folk/Bluegrass Record

 Angel Olsen- Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)

Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record

Presented by Virgin Music

 Run the Jewels – RTJ4 (Jewel Runners, Inc.)

Best Jazz Record

Presented by Qobuz

 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 Live/Livestream Act

 Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)

Best Metal Record

 Architects – “Animals” (Epitaph Records)

Best Outlier Record

Presented by The Orchard

 Khruangbin – Mordechai (Dead Oceans)

Best Punk Record

 IDLES – Ultra Mono (Partisan Records)

Best R&B Record

 Thundercat – It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)

Best Re-Issue Record

 J Dilla – Donuts (Jelly Edition) (Stones Throw Records)

Best Rock Record

Presented by MSK (Mitchell; Silberberg & Knupp, LLP)

 Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records)

Best Spiritual Record

 Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling (STRUT)

Best Sync Usage

 Run the Jewels (Jewel Runners, Inc.) – “Ooh LA LA” – Season three of Netflix’s Ozark

Best World Record

Presented by Redeye Worldwide

 Altin Gün – Ordunun Dereleri (ATO Records)

Songhoy Blues – Optimisme (Fat Possum Records)

Record of the Year

Presented by Amazon Music

 Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (Dead Oceans)

Video of the Year

Presented by YouTube Music

 FKA twigs – “Sad Day” (Young)

Marketing Genius

 Beggars Group – Supporting Indie Retail #loverecordstores Campaign

Creative Packaging

 Soccer Mommy – Color Theory limited edition back to school binder (Loma Vista Recordings)

Breakthrough Artist/Release

Presented by Ingrooves

 ☆ Arlo Parks (Transgressive Records)

Independent Champion

Presented by Merlin


Label of the Year (Big)

Presented by ADA

 Sub Pop Records

Label of the Year (Medium)

 Light in the Attic Records

Label of the Year (Small)

Presented by Spotify

 Daptone Records