PLANTATION, Fla., Dec. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: AENT) (“Alliance Entertainment”, “Company”), a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, toys and collectibles, today announced a momentous year for its independent music distribution arm, AMPED Distribution, a leading force in Independent Music distribution with an exceptional roster of artists and labels. In its 10th year of operation, AMPED has achieved a record-breaking 24 Grammy nominations for 19 artists, highlighting the company’s commitment to championing independent music and empowering artists to succeed.

“We are incredibly proud of our artists and their nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards,” said Jeff Walker, CEO and CFO of Alliance Entertainment. “This is a testament to their hard work, talent, and dedication, as well as the support of our team at AMPED. The AMPED roster boasts exceptional talent across diverse genres, reflected in the wide range of Grammy categories in which they received nominations. We are especially excited to see Big Loud artist HARDY nominated for Songwriter of the Year and Fred again.. nominated for Best New Artist, and to have three artists nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category.”

Dean Tabaac, Head of AMPED, added, “This milestone year also marks a decade of AMPED’s commitment to supporting independent music and artists. The array of label partners we have persists in crafting music that not only garners accolades but also shapes and characterizes the musical landscape across a wide spectrum of musical categories. This year these categories included those with historical and cultural American traditions such as Americana, Roots Gospel, Folk, Bluegrass, American Roots, Jazz and Traditional R&B. International nominees included Global, African, Latin and Tropical Music. We would like to express our ongoing gratitude to our label partners and musicians for allowing us the privilege of participating in their successes over the last ten years. We look forward to continuing to play our part in extending the global reach of their incredible and award-winning music.”


For the complete list of AMPED Grammy Nominees, see below.

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical
HARDY – screen

Best New Artist
Fred again..

Best Alternative Music Performance
Alvvays – Belinda Says

Best Americana Performance
Blind Boys Of Alabama – Friendship

Best African Music Performance
ASAKE & Olamide – Amapiano

Best Jazz Performance
Adam Blackstone Featuring The Baylor Project & Russell Ferranté – Vulnerable (Live)  

Best Roots Gospel Album
Blind Boys Of Alabama – Echoes Of The South  

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Nicole Zuraitis – How Love Begins  

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Adam Blackston – Legacy: The Instrumental Jawn

Kenny Barron – The Source  

Best Folk Album
Dom Flemons – Traveling Wildfire  

Best Global Music Album
Bokanté – History Shakti – This Moment  

Best Latin Jazz Album
Luciana Souza & Trio Corrente – Cometa  

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Lawrence Brownlee, soloist; Kevin J. Miller – Rising  

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Bob James – Jazz Hands  

Best Gospel Album  

Jonathan McReynolds – My Truth

Best Album Notes
Jeff Place & John Troutman – Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings From The Collection Of Mack McCormick, 1958–1971
Best Tropical Latin Album
Rubén Blades, Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Siembra: 45º Aniversario
Best Bluegrass Album
Michael Cleveland – Lovin’ Of The Game

Mighty Poplar – Mighty Poplar

Sam Bush – Radio John: Songs of John Hartford
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Bokanté – History
Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition

Neutral Milk Hotel – The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel

Best American Roots Performance
Blind Boys Of Alabama – Heaven Help Us All
Best Traditional R&B Performance
PJ Morton Featuring Susan Carol – Good Morning
Best Historical Album
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition

Jeff Place & John Troutman – Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings From The Collection Of Mack McCormick, 1958–1971
Best Spoken Word Poetry Album
Aja Monet – When The Poems Do What They Do


About AMPED Distribution 

AMPED is one of the fastest growing, top-tier independent distributors committed to developing and growing independent artists and labels worldwide. A part of Alliance Entertainment, AMPED gives the indie community access to a global distribution system with the largest sales force, a seasoned and skilled staff that provides a suite of services and data second to none. AMPED’s customer base is the largest in the industry directly servicing brick and click retailers large and small along with (DTC) direct consumers. AMPED’s growing roster of labels include labels such as Believe Digital, Better Noise, Big Loud, By Norse, Cleopatra Records, Compass Records, Compound Interest, Earache, Empire, Epitaph Records, Firebird Records, Flatiron, Fuga, GoodToGo, Herp Alpert Presents, Hopeless Records, Iconic Artist Group, IDLA, Integral (PIAS, Harmonia Mundi), Kai Media, Kartel, Lex Records, Mascot, Merge Records, MNRK (eOne, Dualtone), Nettwerk Music Group, Nuclear Blast, Polyvinyl, Proper Music Group, Rebel Records, Reservoir Media (Chrysalis, Tommy Boy), Ruf Records, Secretly Music Group, Shanachie, Smithsonian Folkways, Sub Pop, Vydia, Warner Classics and more. For more information, visit


About Alliance Entertainment

Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT) is a premier distributor of music, movies, toys, collectibles, and consumer electronics. We offer over 375,000 unique in stock SKU’s, including over 57,300 exclusive compact discs, vinyl LP records, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. Complementing our vast media catalog, we also stock a full array of related accessories, toys and collectibles. With more than thirty-five years of distribution experience, Alliance Entertainment serves customers of every size, providing a robust suite of services to resellers and retailers worldwide. Our efficient processing and essential seller tools noticeably reduce the costs associated with administrating multiple vendor relationships, while helping omni-channel retailers expand their product selection and fulfillment goals. For more information, visit


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