Indie breakout star Phoebe Bridgers has been added to the lineup of performers at the 2021 A2IM Libera Awards. The awards will air Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on A2IM’s YouTube channel. Fans will have to catch Bridgers’ performance when it airs live; the show won’t be available to replay.
Other performers on this year’s show are Grammy-nominated rock and soul duo Black Pumas, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae, 2021 Brit Award winner Arlo Parks, three-time Grammy-winner Fantastic Negrito, Grammy-nominated singer Lido Pimienta, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, and the Memphis-based Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section.
Bridgers is nominated in five categories at the A2IM Libera Awards, which honor independent artists. She’s up for record of the year and best alternative rock record for Punisher, video of the year for “Savior Complex,” best live/livestream act and marketing genius.
Bridgers also scored big in in the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. She was up for best new artist, best alternative music album for Punisher, and best rock song and best rock performance for “Kyoto.”
Soul and gospel great Mavis Staples is slated to receive the independent icon award at the A2IM Libera Awards. The awards are presented by the American Association of Independent Music, the New York-based trade organization that works to strengthen the independent recorded music sector.
This marks the second year that the Libera Awards will be held as a livestream ceremony, open to the public. This is also the second year that Sweet Relief will serve as A2IM’s official charity partner for the Libera Awards. All proceeds raised during the show will be donated to career musicians and music industry professionals in need.
The 2021 Libera Awards are presented by Merlin, the independent digital music licensing partner.
The Libera Awards are the culmination of Indie Week, the world’s largest independent music conference, which runs from June 14 to 17. Indie Week, which is being held virtually for the second year in a row, is sponsored by SoundExchange.