Official Judges' Selections

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After reviewing approximately 300 eligible albums (debut albums by USA artists released between August 1st, 2014 and July 31st, 2015 which sold 1,000 or more copies as measured by Nielsen), the judges have selected the following 61 albums for consideration to win the $25,000 cash prize money:

Alex G - ‘Alex G’

Azealia Banks - 'Broke With Expensive Taste’

Banks - 'Goddess'

Benjamin Booker - 'Benjamin Booker'

Big Quis - 'My Turn'

Brandy Clark - ’12 Stories'

Bully - ‘Feels Like’

Caroline Rose - 'I Will Not Be Afraid'

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra - ‘Imaginary Cities’

Chris Stapleton - ’Traveller’

Cloakroom - 'Further Out’

Dem Atlas - ‘DWNR'

The Deslondes - ‘The Deslondes’

Doug Seegrs - 'Going Down To The River’

Elijah Blake - ‘Shadows & Diamonds’

Elle King - ‘Love Stuff'

Ex Hex - 'Rips'


Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'

Haerts - 'Haerts'

Heems - ‘Eat Pray Thug’

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus - 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Kamasi Washington - ’The Epic’

Kehlani -‘You Should Be Here’

Kelsea Ballerini - ‘The First Time’

Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - ‘The Art Of Conversation’

Kiesza - 'Sound Of A Woman'

Larkin Poe - 'Kin'

Leon Bridges - ‘Coming Home’

Les Sins - ‘Michael’

Luke James - ‘Luke James’

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear - ‘Skeleton Crew’

Mapei 'Hey Hey'

Mary Lambert - 'Heart On My Sleeve’

Meghan Trainor - ’Title'

Mick Jenkins - 'The Water(s)'

Mikki Ekko - ’Time’

MisterWives - 'Our Own House’

Natalie Prass - ‘Natalie Prass’

NehruvianDOOM - 'NehruvianDOOM'

The New Basement Tapes - ‘Lost On The River’

Odessa - ‘Odessa’

Otis Brown III - 'The Thought Of You'

Rae Sremmurd - 'SremmLife'

Roadkill Ghost Choir - 'In Tongues’

Sam Hunt - ‘Montevallo’

Saun & Starr - ‘Look Closer’

Shamir - ‘Ratchet’

Skrillex & Diplo - ‘Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü’

Stacy Barthe - ‘BEcoming’

Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil - ‘Goliath’

tētēma - ‘Geocidal’

Tuxedo - ‘’Tuxedo’

Tweedy - 'Sukierae'

Twin Danger - ‘Twin Danger’

Twin Peaks - 'Wild Onions'

Visigoth - ‘Revenant King’

Wand - 'Ganglion Reef’

Wavves x Cloud Nothings - ‘No Life For Me’

The Wind And The Wave - 'From The Wreckage'

Your Old Droog - ‘Your Old Droog’