On Thursday, March 6, 2008, the annual Plug Awards will be given out in New York City to artists nominated in 30 categories across such genres such as hip-hop, ‘cool’ indie rock, Americana, electronica and metal, and even categories such as Best Festival and Venue. Some right competition is in store for Battles and Of Montreal who boast seven nominations each; Justice and Arcade Fire have six, Band of Horses and The National have five with EL-P and Spoon were given four noms each. Make sure to place your vote by visiting http://www.plugawards.com by February 8, 2008.

Sentimentalist was even nominated in the Media Obsessive/Best Zine category. Make sure to vote for your dear Sentimentals — we love a good party!

After the jump, more on the 2008 Plug Awards!

PLUG INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2008 NOMINEES

BATTLES, OF MONTREAL, JUSTICE, ARCADE FIRE, THE NATIONAL, SPOON, BAND
OF HORSES, EL-P AND MORE RECEIVE MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

PLUG BALLOT LIVE ONLINE FOR FAN VOTING THROUGH FEBRUARY 8

The PLUG INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS–founded to highlight outstanding
accomplishments within the independent music community–are pleased to
announce the nominees for the 2008 Awards. Voting is now open to fans
everywhere online at www.plugawards.com and will continue until
February 8, 2008. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony
and concert Thursday, March 6, 2008 in New York City.

This year’s selections throughout the 30 categories–ranging from ‘Best
Female Artist’ to ‘Album Of The Year’ for indie rock, electronic,
Americana, metal, hip-hop and avant releases, along with label, live
music venue, festival and more–were chosen by the PLUG Advisory Board
(a/k/a “PLUG Cartel”). The Cartel consists of key tastemakers
recognized by the music community as those who fight most to raise the
voice of independent artists and releases in every medium (complete
list of 2008 PLUG Cartel members here:

http://plugawards.com/cartel.php).

2007 marks a significant year as independent music accelerates its rise
from the underground into greater mainstream consciousness. Many of
this year’s nominees have been profiled in major national publications
including Rolling Stone, Spin and Blender, received airplay on
commercial radio and appeared on late night shows including the famed
stage of Saturday Night Live. They include New York City’s Battles and
Athens, Georgia’s Of Montreal–who lead the pack with seven
nominations—Justice and Arcade Fire with six nominations, Band of
Horses and The National each raked in five with EL-P and Spoon getting
four nods each.

Other notable artists who received multiple nominations include
Radiohead, with their groundbreaking and much publicized release In
Rainbows, Beirut, Panda Bear, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Bat For
Lashes, Liars, Jose Gonzalez and Devendra Banhart. Music legends
tapped for a potential PLUG Award include Nick Cave’s Grinderman, late
country music great Porter Wagoner, ex-Swans’ Michael Gira and his
Angels of Light and Steve Albini’s Shellac. Emerging talent who
received their first ever PLUG nomination include Annie Clark, Dan
Deacon, Gogol Bordello, HEALTH, Menomena, No Age and comedian Patton
Oswalt.

A sampling of the 2008 PLUG Independent Music Award nominees are:

Album Of The Year:
† (Downtown/Vice/Ed Banger) – Justice
100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Boxer (Beggars Banquet) – The National
Cease To Begin (Sub Pop) – Band Of Horses
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) – Spoon
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl) – Of Montreal
I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Definitive Jux) – El-P
In Rainbows (self-released) – Radiohead
Mirrored (Warp) – Battles
Neon Bible (Merge) – Arcade Fire
Person Pitch (Paw Tracks) – Panda Bear
The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing) – Beirut

Artist Of The Year:
Animal Collective
Arcade Fire
Band Of Horses
Battles
El-P
Justice
Of Montreal
Okkervil River
Panda Bear
Radiohead
Spoon
The National

New Artist Of The Year:
Bat For Lashes
Battles
Dan Deacon
Deerhunter
Justice
Los Campesinos!
No Age
Sea Wolf
St. Vincent
Vampire Weekend
White Rabbits
Yeasayer

Female Artist Of The Year:
Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
Bettye LaVette
Emily Haines
Emma Pollock
Katrina Ford (of Celebration)
Marissa Nadler
Marnie Stern
Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes)
Nina Nastasia
Sally Shapiro
Scout Niblett
Sharon Jones

Male Artist Of The Year:
Andrew Bird
Dan Deacon
Devendra Banhart
El-P
Jens Lenkman
John Vanderslice
José González
Kevin Barnes (of Of Montreal)
Nick Cave
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Sam Beam (Iron & Wine)
Zach Condon (Beirut)

Song Of The Year:
“Atlas” – Battles
“Beautiful Life” – Gui Boratto
“Bros” – Panda Bear
“D.A.N.C.E.” – Justice
“Fake Empire” – The National
“Four Winds” – Bright Eyes
“Keep The Car Running” – Arcade Fire
“No Pussy Blues” – Grinderman
“Suffer For Fashion” – Of Montreal
“The Underdog” – Spoon
“Wet And Rusting” – Menomena
“You’re A Wolf” – Sea Wolf

Other categories include:
Indie Rock Album Of The Year
Americana Album Of The Year
Metal Album Of The Year
Hip-Hop Album Of The Year
Punk Album Of The Year
Electronic/Dance Album Of The Year
DJ Album Of The Year
Avant Album Of The Year
Live Act Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Album Art/Packaging Of The Year
Label Of The Year
Live Music Venue Of The Year
Music Festival Of The Year
Music Website Of The Year
Music Blog Of The Year
Magazine Of The Year
Online Radio Station Of The Year
Record Store Of The Year
Zine Of The Year
Online Record Store Of The Year
College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year
Specialty Show Of The Year (Commercial Radio)

For the complete list of nominees, log on to: www.plugawards.com