Julio Enriquez

For its second annual award, American Music Prize (The AMP) has put $25,000 on the table for this year’s winner. The prolific list of hopefuls for the best debut album has been announced as well as the panel of judges who will be making the decisions.

Now that the nominees have been announced, the judges will have six weeks to whittle the list down to nine finalists which will be announced in February. Last year’s AMP US winner was Kamasi Washington for Epic, and the second US winner will be announced at an event in Los Angeles in March 2017.

Keep it on AXS for The AMP results and news. See the full list of nominees and judges below.


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’

Photo Julio Enriquez


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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