Mavis Staples to Be Honored, Arlo Parks and Black Pumas to Perform at A2IM Libera Awards

Mavis Staples
Myriam Santos

Mavis Stapes will receive the Icon Award and Black Pumas, Arlo Parks and Fantastic Negrito are among the performers at the 10th Anniversary A2IM Libera Awards, presented by Merlin and streaming exclusively on  A2IM’s official YouTube channel on June 17, beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Rapper Lecrae, singer-songwriter Yuna and Canadian-Colombian singer Lido Pimienta will also perform.

“We are grateful to have such a stunning and diverse array of artists perform at this year’s A2IM Libera Awards,” said A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess. “A2IM strives to always put the voice of independents at the forefront, and we are proud to use this platform to showcase and honor some of the brightest lights in the independent music world.”

Sweet Relief returns this year as A2IM’s official charity partner for the Libera Awards, donating 100% of proceeds raised during the show to career musicians and music industry professionals in need. Fans can donate directly to Sweet Relief now on the Libera Awards watch page via the YouTube Giving donate button.

“Every year, the A2IM Libera Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the immense talent that flows from independent artists — and this year is no exception,” said Jeremy Sirota, CEO, Merlin. “We are pleased to celebrate the outstanding nominees from Merlin’s membership and across the entire independent community.”

This marks the second year the Libera Awards will be held via a live-streaming global ceremony in partnership with YouTube, as well as the second year that the public will have the opportunity to attend what was previously a private gala event.

The Libera Awards are sponsored by Merlin; ADA; Spotify; YouTube Music; Amazon Music; Ingrooves; The Orchard; Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP; Qobuz; Redeye Worldwide; and Virgin Music.

The Libera Awards are the culmination of Indie Week, the largest independent music conference in the world, taking place from June 14 to 17. Presented by SoundExchange, Indie Week is the international conference and networking event that features keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more. Indie Week 2021 will mark the second year A2IM will hold the event in a virtual environment.

RSVP to the Libera Awards by visiting A2IM’s YouTube page or by visiting liberaawards.com. Follow A2IM on Instagram and Twitter for upcoming programming updates.

To learn more about A2IM Indie Week 2021 presented by Soundexchange, visit a2im.org/indieweek.