trophy watch: independent music awards
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010

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Today the 9th Annual IMA's were announced. The winners include All That Remains, Gemma Ray, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Spinnerette, Illa J and State Radio. The awards beg the question: why do we even have awards anymore? Between the bloated nonsense of the Grammy's (an all star Michael Jackson tribute IN 3D!!1!1!!)* and the drunken mess at the Golden Globes, you'd think independent artists would rather sit alone in their pretentious caves and chew their own arms than accept an award subjectively delivered by some sort of organization that pays people to give out awards. I'm looking at you, NARAS.

But there is a catch here. While NARAS is archaic and overwrought with frilly Black Eyed Peas loving fogeys, the IMA's actually have a panel of well-respected musicians deciding the winners here: 80 influential artists and industry pros including Tom Waits, The Black Keys, Ricky Skaggs, Aimee Mann, The Apples in Stereo, David Garrett, Suzanne Vega, Bettye LaVette, Judy Collins, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Also on that list were Pete Wentz and Mark Hoppus, so maybe not all respected. But the nominees/winners are vastly more diverse, and probably because they pull from self-released and indie label artists from more than 70 countries on six continents. You won't see Ke$ha getting one of these suckers.

The IMA's have been helping indie artists gain more exposure for over ten years. Go help the cause by voting in their Peoples Voice award category over at their website. -joe

*actually a real thing.

IMA 9 Winners


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