The 2nd American Music Prize - albums under consideration

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The list of albums under consideration for the 2017 American Music Prize for Best Debut Album (“The AMP”) has been revealed. This year’s nominees were selected by a grand jury of music industry and media professionals and the winner will receive the $25,000 cash prize upon announcement at an event in Los Angeles in March 2017. Last year’s inaugural award went to Kamasi Washington for Epic.


Judges for The AMP have listened to over 250 debut albums released between August 2015 and July 2016, and we can now reveal that 55 albums have made the list of ‘albums under consideration’.


The 2nd American Music Prize – albums under consideration:

Adia Victoria - ‘Beyond The Bloodhounds’

Archy Marshall - ‘A New Place 2 Drown’

The Arcs - ‘Yours, Dreamily’

Beach Slang - ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’

Big Thief - ‘Masterpiece’

The Black Queen - ‘Fever Daydream’

Bob Moses - ‘Days Gone By’

BØRNS - ‘Dopamine’

Brothers Osborne - ‘Pawn Shop’

case/lang/veirs - ‘case/lang/veirs’

Chantae Cann - ‘Journey To Golden’

Chris Janson - ‘Buy Me A Boat’

The Claypool Lennon Delirium - ‘Monolith Of Phobos’

Colvin & Earle - ‘Colvin & Earle’

Cool Uncle (Bobby Caldwell, Jack Splash) - ‘Cool Uncle’ 

Crywolf - ‘Cataclasm’

Dori Freeman - ‘Dori Freeman’

Dreezy - ‘No Hard Feelings’

EL VY - ‘Return To The Moon’

Empress Of - ‘Me’

Fantastic Negrito - ‘The Last Days of Oakland’

Fetty Wap - ‘Fetty Wap’

Flatbush Zombies - ‘3001: A Laced Odyssey’

Gallant - ‘Ology’

Grace Potter - ‘Midnight’

Halsey - ‘BADLANDS’ 

Heron Oblivion - ‘Heron Oblivion’

jennylee - ‘right on!’

Jon Bellion - ‘The Human Condition’

Judith Hill - ‘Back in Time’

Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle’

Kali Uchis - ‘Por Vida’

Khruangbin - ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’

Kristin Kontrol - ‘X-Communicate’

Liz Vice - ‘There's a Light’

Luke Bell - ‘Luke Bell’

Maren Morris - ‘HERO’

Margaret Glaspy - ‘Emotions and Math’

Margo Price - ‘Midwest Farmer's Daughter’

Martin Courtney - ‘Many Moons’

MED, Blu & Madlib - ‘Bad Neighbor’

Mestís - ‘Polysemy’ 

Michael Nau - ‘Mowing’

Mothers - ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - 'Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’

Raury - ‘All We Need’ 

RY X - ‘Dawn’

Seratones - ‘Get Gone’

The Shelters - ‘The Shelters’

Son Little - ‘Son Little’

The Suffers - ‘The Suffers’

Sunflower Bean - ‘Human Ceremony’

Thunderbitch - ‘Thunderbitch’

Ty Dolla $ign - 'Free TC’

Whitney - ‘Light Upon the Lake’


The judges will now use the next six weeks to decide upon a Shortlist – the 9 finalist albums, to be announced in February.


AMP founder Scott B. Murphy, who founded The Australian Music Prize in 2005 where it is considered one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, said “This prize is unique as our panel of independent, expert judges only take into account the music they hear – commercial success, genre, live performance are all irrelevant to making this list. Therefore in this very crowded market, great music can still be discovered and rewarded.”


Last year’s AMP US winner, Kamsai Washington said “The celebration of music, art, and creativity is so important and to be recognized as such a central part of that celebration is very humbling.”


The winner of Australia’s 2016 AMP was Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, who won for her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.


The AMP judging panel:  Andy Langer  (freelance journalist and TV booker, Austin), Ariana Morgenstern  (KCRW, Los Angeles) , Ben Lee (recording artist, Los Angeles), Britt Julious                 (freelance journalist, Chicago), Craig Shelburne (freelance journalist, Nashville), Daniel Kohn (Music Critic, Los Angeles, David Fricke (Rolling Stone, New York CIty), Dennis Herring  (Producer, Oxford, Mississippi),Dan Plunkett (End Of An Ear, Austin), Jewly Hight (Music Critic, Nashville), Josh Madell (Other Music, New York City), Jody Rosen (New York Times, New York City), Kristin Kurtis (KGSR, Austin), Melissa Locker (Music Critic, New York City), Matt Nathanson (recording artist, San Francisco), Pat McGuire (Flood Magazine, Los Angeles)                            Rebecca Haithcoat (freelance journalist, Los Angeles) Steve Lillywhite (Producer, Los Angeles)


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