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2019 nominees

Album of the Year 
Dead OceansMitski – Be The Cowboy
Partisan RecordsIDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance.
Secretly Canadianserpentwithfeet – soil
Warp RecordsYves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love
Young TurksKamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

Best American Roots/

  Folk Album

 
ANTI RecordsCalexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
New West RecordsRichard Thompson – 13 Rivers
Oh Boy RecordsJohn Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
Rounder RecordsI’m With Her – See You Around
Smithsonian Folkways RecordingsDom Flemons – Black Cowboys
Best Blues Album 
Alligator RecordsShemekia Copeland – America’s Child
Concord Records / ConcordBoz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues
Cooking VinylFantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead
Motema MusicDeva Mahal – Run Deep
Single Lock RecordsCedric Burnside – Benton County Relic
Best Classical Album 
7k!Niklas Paschburg – Oceanic
7k!Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest – Scripted Orkestra
Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.Jean-michel Blais – Dans ma main
Naxos American ClassicsLondon Symphony Orchestra – Fuchs: Piano Concerto “Spiritualist”
RVNG Intl.Oliver Coates – John Luther Adams Canticles of the Sky

Best Country/

Americana Album

 
Dead OceansPhosphorescent – C’est La Vie
In the Black / CD BabyMary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads
Oh Boy RecordsJohn Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
Yep Roc RecordsJim Lauderdale – Time Flies
Yep Roc RecordsAlejandro Escovedo – The Crossing
Best Dance/Electronic Album 
Ninja TuneLeon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still
Domino Recording Co. Ltd.Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Future ClassicSOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
Warp RecordsOneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
Warp RecordsYves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love

Best Hip-Hop/

Rap Album

 
August GreeneAugust Greene – August Greene
Awkwafina Records / AWALAwkwafina – In Fina We Trust
EYRST / CD BabyMyke Bogan – Joe Fontana
Fifth Amendment, Inc / Entertainment OneBlueface – Famous Cryp
JunglepussyJunglepussy – JP3
Best Jazz Album 
Big Dada / Ninja TuneOnyx Collective – Lower East Suite Part Three
Concord Records / ConcordEsperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells
Mack Avenue Music GroupJulian Lage – Modern Lore
Mack Avenue Music GroupTia Fuller – Diamond Cut
Young TurksKamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
Best Latin Album 
Cuco / AWALCuco – Chiquito
Daptone RecordsOrquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán
El Jefe Records / CD BabyEl Alfa – El Hombre
Rimas EntertainmentBad Bunny – X 100PRE
Smithsonian Folkways RecordingsMariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Best Live Act 
ATO RecordsKing Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Dead OceansMitski
Innovative LeisureBADBADNOTGOOD
RTJ Music, Inc.Run the Jewels
Warp RecordsKelela
Best Outlier Album 
Dead OceansKhruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Polyvinyl Record Co.Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place
Secretly Canadianserpentwithfeet – soil
Warp RecordsYves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love
Warp RecordsOneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
Best R&B Album 
Daptone RecordsCharles Bradley – Black Velvet
Dead OceansDurand Jones & The Indications – Durand Jones & The Indications
Domino Recording Co. Ltd.Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Fat PossumKadhja Bonet – Childqueen
Secretly Canadianserpentwithfeet – soil
Best Re-Issue 
4ADPixies – Come On Pilgrim…It’s Surfer Rosa
ANTI RecordsTom Waits – Small Change
Leaving Records/Stones Throw RecordsBauhaus – The Bela Session
Matador RecordsLiz Phair – Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset
Merge RecordsHiss Golden Messenger – Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children
Best Rock Album 
Dead OceansMitski – Be The Cowboy
Dead OceansShame – Songs of Praise
Matador RecordsSnail Mail – Lush
Mom+PopCourtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Partisan RecordsIDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance.
Best Sync Usage 
Acony RecordsGillian Welch “The Way It Will Be” in THIS IS US
Ghostly InternationalShigeto – Ann Arbor Pt 1 “Lady Misaki” : Japan’s Decorated Trucks — Shot on iPhone — Apple
Matador RecordsPerfume Genius – Eighth Grade Trailer
Mom+PopAlice Merton – No Roots (Mini Cooper Sync)
RTJ Music, Inc.Run the Jewels x Black Panther
Best World Album 
Gege ProduçõesGilberto Gil – OK OK OK
Knitting Factory RecordsFemi Kuti – One People One World
KravenworksAngelique Kidjo – Remain in Light
Partisan RecordsBombino – Deran
STRUTSeun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times
Breakthrough Artist/Release 
Matador RecordsSnail Mail – Lush
Matador RecordsLucy Dacus – Historian
Mom+PopSunflower Bean – Come For Me
New West RecordsCaroline Rose – Loner
Partisan RecordsIDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance.
Creative Packaging 
BrainfeederVarious Artists – Brainfeeder X
Daptone RecordsCharles Bradley – Black Velvet Deluxe Box
Dead OceansMitski – Be The Cowboy
Ribbon MusicJohn Maus – Vinyl Box Set
Young TurksKamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

Independent

Champion

 
Caroline 
CD Baby 
NPR 
Redeye 
SoundExchange 
Label of the Year (Big) 
Dead Oceans 
Domino Recording Co. Ltd. 
Polyvinyl Record Co. 
Rough Trade Records 
Warp Records 
Label of the Year (Medium) 
Bloodshot Records 
Mom+Pop 
Partisan Records 
Saddle Creek 
Yep Roc Records 
Label of the Year (Small) 
Brainfeeder 
Daptone Records 
Hardly Art 
Innovative Leisure 
Oh Boy Records 
Marketing Genius 
ATO RecordsKing Gizzard Reissues Campaign
Dead OceansKhruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Partisan RecordsIDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance.
Studio OneReggae Month – Studio One
Warp RecordsAphex Twin – Collapse EP
Video of the Year 
Dead OceansMitski – Nobody
JagjaguwarMoses Sumney – Quarrel
Oh Boy RecordsJohn Prine – Summer’s End
Warp RecordsAphex Twin – T69 Collapse
Young TurksKamasi Washington – Heaven & Earth