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Plug Independent Music Awards

Plug Independent Music Awards Go Down in NYC

The Plug Awards - the Grammys of integrity, the People's Choice Award of the indie and underground world, went down last week in NYC and proclaimed Sufjan Stevens the biggest winner (3 awards), Bright Eyes close to that (2 awards), and Animal Collective, Sleater-Kinney, Bloc Party showed they're not a bunch of slouches with awards for the best album the year in their own respective genres.

The Plug Awards seeks to create an awards show that escapes all of the evils of other awards shows that focus on sales, media saturation, etc (i.e. buying influence) to reward novel concepts like artistic integrity, and umm, good music. Sound like a foreign concept? It shouldn't, and that's why the Plug awards are trying to create a venue that isn't so industry-centric.

"It’s not in the spirit of what PLUG’s about to make nominators/voters feel like PLUG is looking over your shoulder with a rulebook in hand," says Plug's nomination guidelines. Bands must be on an indie label to qualify, so the show has been at odds to explain what actually qualifies as indie these days... a tough task in any times. The show tries to put indie music on the map while avoiding elitism or taking itself too seriously.

The awards are voted on by the publicthrough the Internets, and had a voter turnout in the tens of thousands on a world-wide scale. There was also an advisory board who helped shaped the event, that included names like Brooklyn Vegan, Mark Willett of Music For Robots, and Sam Cannon of 3Hive.

The show was held in Webster Hall on February 2nd, and included sessions on how to get your indie on with Indie Night School, live performances, and of course the awards.

Plug Inedpendent Music Awards: The Winners
Album Of The Year
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)

Artist Of The Year
Bright Eyes

New Artist Of The Year
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Song Of The Year
Bright Eyes - When The President Talks To God (Saddle Creek)

Female Artist Of The Year

Male Artist Of The Year
Sufjan Stevens

Hip-Hop Album Of The Year
Dangerdoom - The Mouse And The Mask (Adult Swim/Epitaph)

Punk Album Of The Year
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop)

Metal Album Of The Year
Fantômas - Suspended Animation (Ipecac)

Electronic/Dance Album Of The Year
M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us (Mute)

Americana Album Of The Year
Iron & Wine/Calexico - In The Reins (Overcoat)

Indie Rock Album Of The Year
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Vice)

DJ Album Of The Year
DJ Shadow - One Night In Bangkok (No Shoes)

Avant Album Of The Year
Animal Collective - Feels (FatCat)

Record Label Of The Year
Sub Pop

Live Act Of The Year
Arcade Fire

Music Festival Of The Year

Record Producer of the Year
Danger Mouse

Music Video Of The Year
The Decemberists - "16 Military Wives" (Kill Rock Stars)

Album Art/Packaging of the Year
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)

Music Website Of The Year

Magazine Of The Year

Zine Of The Year
Wax Poetics

College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year
KEXP, Seattle, WA

Specialty Show Of The Year (Commercial Radio)
WXPN, Philadelphia, PA, World Café with David Dye

Internet Radio Station of the Year

Record Store of the Year
Amoeba Music, Berkeley, CA

Best Music DVD of the Year
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks (Shout! Factory)

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