A recent release by American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) recognized and congratulated the noteworthy talent coming from the independent music sector. For five years in a row, independent music labels and artists have received over 50% of all GRAMMY nominations - earning 219 nominations out of 404 non-producer category nominations (excluding the not-yet-announced Album of the Year nominations) for 2014. Independents earned nominations in key categories, including but not limited to Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best R&B Album, Best Rap Performance. A2IM said "Independents showed both their diversity...

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