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Independent Labels Have Big Night At The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Independent Labels Have Big Night At The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) A2IM congratulates member labels Big Machine Label Group, Concord Label Group, Domino Recording, eOne Music, Mom+Pop Music, Motema Music, Naxos, and XL Recordings on their GRAMMY wins.

XL Recordings said "Hello" to five GRAMMY awards for Adele, including Album of the Year for "25" and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Hello." The label and Adele also won Best Pop Vocal Performance for "Hello" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "25."

Concord Music Group had a great night as its labels Rounder, Sugar Hill and Stax combined for six awards. Rounder's O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor won Best Bluegrass Album for "Coming Home," Bobby Rush's Porcupine Meat won Best Traditional Blues Album, and Vince Gill's Time Jumpers song "Kid Sister" was named Best American Roots Song. Sugar Hill's Sarah Jarosz won both Best Folk Album for "Undercurrent" and Best American Roots Performance for "House of Mercy." And Stax's William Bell picked up the Best Americana Album trophy for "This Is Where I Live."

Naxos won three categories on the strength of the Nashville Symphony's recording of "Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon a Castle": Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Classical Compendium, and Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Motema Music claimed a pair of awards: Best Instrumental Composition (Ted Nash's "Spoken at Midnight") and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (Ted Nash Big Band's "Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom).

Also taking two: eOne Music, for Best R&B Album (Lalah Hathaway's "Lalah Hathaway Live") and for Best Traditional R&B Performance (Lalah Hathaway's "Angel").

Mom+Pop Music won Best Dance/Electronic Album (Flume's "Skin").
Big Machine Label Group took home Best Country Song (Lori McKenna's "Humble and Kind").
Domino Recording earned a win for Best Remixed Recording (André Allen Anjos' "Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)."

A2IM CEO Richard James said: "A2IM is proud of all of all of the Independent winners! The Indies are stronger than ever, our community continues to grow, and we're honored for it to be showcased tonight at the Grammys."

A2IM Member Grammy Wins:
Album of the Year: Adele, 25 (XL Recordings under exclusive license to Columbia Records)
Record of the Year: Adele, Hello (XL Recordings under exclusive license to Columbia Records)

Song of the Year: Adele, Hello (XL Recordings under exclusive license to Columbia Records)
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele, 25 (XL Recordings under exclusive license to Columbia Records)

Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, Hello (XL Recordings under exclusive license to Columbia Records)

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Flume, Skin (Mom+Pop Music/Future Classic)
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, Angel (eOne Music)
Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live (eOne Music)
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Ted Nash Big Band, Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom (Motema Music)

Best Country Song: Lori McKenna, "Humble and Kind" (Big Machine Label Group)
Best American Roots Performance: Sarah Jarosz, House of Mercy (Sugar Hill Records)
Best American Roots Song: Vince Gill, Kid Sister (Rounder Records)
Best Americana Album: William Bell, This Is Where I Live (Concord Music Group)
Best Bluegrass Album: O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor, Coming Home (Rounder Records)
Best Traditional Blues Album: Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat (Rounder Records)
Best Folk Album: Sarah Jarosz, Undercurrent (Sugar Hill Records)
Best Instrumental Composition: Ted Nash, Spoken at Midnight (Motema Music)
Best Remixed Recording: André Allen Anjos, "Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)" (Domino Recording)
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero, Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway (Naxos)

Best Classical Compendium: Giancarlo Guerrero, Tim Handley, Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon A Castle (Naxos)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Michael Daugherty, Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway (Naxos)

Independent music labels and artists claimed all four of the GRAMMYs' general categories, with Adele's three wins and Chance the Rapper taking Best New Artist. In addition, independents accounted for 283 out of 420 non-producer category nominations for the 59th GRAMMY Awards, scoring the majority of nominations in 38 of the 84 non-producer categories. For the seventh consecutive year, independent labels earned more than half the overall GRAMMY nominations.

About A2IM
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City representing a broad coalition of over 400 Independently-owned American music labels. The organization represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so it supports a key segment of America's creative class that represents America's diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine, using Nielsen SoundScan data, identified the Independent music label sector as 34.4 percent of the music industry's U.S. recorded music sales market in 2015 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry segment.

The organization's board of directors consists of the following: ATO Vice President Stephanie Alexa, Razor & Tie COO Craig Balsam, Red Eye Worldwide Co-Owner Glenn Dicker, INgrooves EVP & General Manager Amy Dietz, Epitaph/Anti General Manager Dave Hansen, Big Machine COO Andrew Kautz, Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, Dualtone CEO/Co-Founder Scott Robinson, Tommy Boy Owner & CEO Thomas Silverman, and Secretly Label Group Co-Owner Darius Van Arman.

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