Monday, October 1

Reception begins at 6PM
(food, beer & wine)

Ceremony begins at 7PM


Westin Cadillac Detroit
Venetian Ballroom


Craig Braun
Grammy-winning LP
packaging legend
and actor


with Making Vinyl
conference registration


Nicholas & Deyo


Craig Braun
Craig Braun, circa early 1970s, with Motown legend Diana Ross.


is a music packaging legend, executing such iconic Grammy-nominated album covers as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. Craig was responsible for the design and production of best-selling albums including Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & EnglishmenCheech and Chong’s Big Bambu, Barry White’s Stone Gon’Grand Funk Railroad’s E Pluribis Funk and Carpenters! In 1974 Craig and his then business partner Tom Wilkes won a Grammy Award for packaging for the London Symphony Orchestra’s version of The Who’s Tommy: The Rock Opera. In 2003 music channel VH1 declared Sticky Fingers the “No. 1 Greatest Album Cover of All Time.”

Craig has been a professional actor since taking early retirement in 2001 from the Warner Music Group, where he was a Creative and Marketing Director.

His New York stage credits Other Desert Cities, Macbeth, ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore, Deathtrap and Merchant of Venice. In Los Angeles he appeared in the world premieres of Damages, The Million Bells of Ocean, Proof, Vivien, and Our Lady of 121st Street. Among his many TV guest-star roles are Cold Case, ER, The Practice, Third Watch and Law & Order, as well as the lead role in the acclaimed ZDF miniseries, Ums Paradies Betrogen (Betrayal in Paradise). Film work includes Swordfish, Great Expectations, Flawless, The Associate, to mention a few. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.



An R&B vocalist and producer, Nicholas has more than 700,000 streams on a handful of songs released on SoundCloud and over 1 million on Spotify. Some tracks were produced alongside his brother, Deyo and the electronic-pop duo Phantoms. Nicholas aims to complete his debut album by the end of the year. In addition to a career in music, Nicholas works as an actor and can be seen as Cousin Greg in the HBO series, Succession, which just completed its first season run and was renewed for a second season to air in 2019.

Deyo Braun


Deyo’s first instrument was a set of turntables and a crate of vinyl records at age 7, mixing 1990s hip-hop and early techno music. At 9, he migrated to the guitar, practicing daily behind closed doors for over a decade before being recruited to play lead guitar on a stage. A few years and a few bands later, he formed the group Hibbity Dibbity, a funk-rock band, touring across the US and playing major music festivals. Between tours, while bartending in a dark and dingy jazz club, he learned to play the keyboards. Deyo went on to build Tropical Hideout Sound Studio in San Francisco, CA taking on the roles of producer, engineer and session musician. In 2018, he finished work on his debut solo record with co-producer, Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine, AWEFEKT, Geographer, Langhorne Slim). This year he also composed, produced, engineered and mixed Hibbity Dibbity’s third album. Alongside his brother Nicholas, Deyo also writes and produces electronic R&B music under the name BRAUN.



Best 45-rpm Single

  • Second Wind – Sock-Tight
  • An Ambulance” b/w “Never Know” – Mike Krol
  • Libraries Rock! – Kishi Bashi / Blacknerdninja
  • Doe Paora – Ring the Alarm/ White Iris Release – Doe Paora – American Singer Songwriter
  • What a Time to Be Alive (Acoustic)” b/w “Erasure (Acoustic)” – Superchunk


Best CD Box Set (at least 3 CDs)

  • The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955 – Glenn Gould
  • Listen Without Prejudice – George Michael
  • Blistered Bags Of Fodder Swaying: Works 1980 – Controlled Bleeding
  • Radio Cineola: Trilogy – a Broadcast by THE THE – THE THE
  • Manchester North Of England: A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993 – Various Artists


Best Record Art (LP size)

  • August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem – Ryan Clark
  • Wax Mage – “Double Trouble” – Gmucs
  • Waffles, Triangles & Jesus – White
  • The Desaturating Seven – Primus
  • Deche – ‘Luxure en Vain’ – Gmucs


Best Vinyl Album Cover (Illustrated)

  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • The Worms Heart – The Shins
  • Every Country’s Sun – Mogwai
  • 2064: Read Only Memories Vinyl Soundtrack – 2 Mello
  • Babelsberg – Gruff Rhys


Best Vinyl Album Cover (Photograph)

  • Cocoa Sugar – Young Fathers
  • Sleep Well Beast – The National
  • Heaven And Earth – Kamasi Washington
  • Milano – Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts
  • Children of Paradise – Willie Nile


Best Vinyl Album Reissue

  • Eulogy for Evolution 2017 – Ólafur Arnalds
  • Isaac Hayes – Black Moses – Joseph McCarthy
  • What Another Man Spills – Lambchop
  • The Final Tour Bootleg Series – Miles Davis & John Coltrane
  • Devotion – Beach House


Best Vinyl Box Set (at least 3 records)

  • Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic – Weird Al” Yankovic
  • I’ll Be Your Girl– The Decemberists
  • 1 + 1 = X – Erased Tapes Records Artists
  • Steven Universe Complete Volume 1 Soundtrack – Sugar
  • Cuphead 4xLP Deluxe Vinyl Soundtrack – Maddigan


Best Vinyl Gatefold

  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • Kaiho – Kauan
  • A Moment Apart – ODESZA
  • Smash Hit / PinOut 2xLP Vinyl Soundtracks – Holmquist
  • Loversity – Sam Lewis


Best Vinyl Picture Disc

  • She Taught Me How To Fly – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Goodbye Road EP – JOHNNYSWIM and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
  • 140 Vinyl Soundtrack – Schmid
  • Cheech Y Chong Up In Smoke 40th Anniversary – Cheech Y Chong
  • Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra) – The Cure


Record Store Day – Vinyl

  • Stay Gold Collectors Jewel Box – Run The Jewels
  • Feast of Panthers – Ensign Broderick
  • Boxer Live In Brussels – The National
  • Anywhere II – Anywhere
  • Exotica – Sun Ra


The Alex Steinweiss Award (Best in Show)

  • I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists
  • Sleep Well Beast – The National
  • Sad Clown Bad Year (#9-#12 Collection) – Atmosphere
  • Too Many Bad Habits – Johnny Nicholas
  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen


They Said It Couldn’t Be Done – Vinyl

  • I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists
  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • Portal (Soundtrack) – Apeture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory
  • Plunge – Fever Ray
  • Steven Universe Complete Volume 1 Soundtrack – Sugar