16.09.16

AIM Awards 2016 – Nominees revealed

Announced at an exclusive launch at House of Vans London, by  Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker and Absolute Radio’s Danielle Perry, the Association of Independent Music is pleased to reveal the nominees for the 6th annual AIM Independent Music Awards. Once again the list highlights the diversity and creative talent of independent music in 2016.

The health of the current independent music scene is writ large with a total of 47 artists in the running for 9 artist awards. Leading the pack with two nominations each are Christine and The Queens, Field Music, Flume, Radiohead, Roots Manuva, Skepta and Wolf Alice.

The coveted Independent Label Of The Year award will be contested by Because Music, Bella Union, Epitaph/ANTI, Moshi Moshi and Ninja Tune. Following in their footsteps, Beatnik Creative, Earth Recordings, Holy Roar, Local Action and Numbers will battle it out for the Best Small Label award.

Once again, the nominations honour the full spectrum of independent music in 2016, as nominees for Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album including Daughter, Fat White Family, Melt Yourself Down, Money and Savages stand side-by-side with those nominated for the Independent Breakthrough of The Year, Christine and The Queens, Father John Misty, Flume, Neck Deep, PVRIS and Stormzy.

The hotly contested Independent Album of The Year award sees ten artists in the running – ARCA, Brian Eno, Field Music, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Lapsley, Little Simz, Press To Meco, Radiohead, Roots Manuva and Skepta. Representing the huge diversity of the independent music industry, in terms of genre, gender and ethnicity, AIM continues to make headway as the most diverse music industry award show around.

Alison Wenham, CEO of AIM commented: ‘Where else other than the AIM Awards would you find grime acts going head to head with hardcore punk bands and electronic producers? The shortlisted nominees represent a huge diversity of artist and genres, and highlight the fact that the best place to be in the music industry right now is the independent sector.’

The full list of nominees is below, with the winners revealed at the ceremony hosted by Radio X’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s MistaJam at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on 6th September.

Tickets are sold out, but a limited number of afterparty tickets are available now from: http://www.musicindie.com/aimawardsafterparty2016
The full list of nominees is:

BEST SMALL LABEL (in association with Proper Music Distribution)

Beatnik Creative
Earth Recordings
Holy Roar
Local Action
Numbers

BEST DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM (in association with Radio X)

Daughter – Not To Disappear
Fat White Family – Songs For Our Mothers
Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings On Earth
Money – Suicide Songs
Savages – Adore Life

SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR (In association with MODO)

British Sea Power – The Complete Illustrated British Sea Power (Vol. 1)
Mikael Tariverdiev – Film Music
Slade – When Slade Rocked The World
Various Artists – Ork Records: New York, New York
Various Artists – Leaf 20 Box Set

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST

Darren Hayman
Kamasi Washington
Martyn Joseph
Run The Jewels
Shaodow

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL In association with AIF, voted for via DIYmag.com)

Barn On The Farm
Beat Herder
Brainchild Festival
Pete The Monkey
Strawberries & Creem Festival

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR (in association with YouTube)

Christine And The Queens
Father John Misty
Flume
Neck Deep
PVRIS
Stormzy

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD (in association with CI)

Chris Bye  – Arts Council England / Liverpool Sound City
Jen Long – DICE
Jess Partridge – London In Stereo
Jon Tolley – Banquet Records
Mary Anne Hobbs – BBC 6Music

INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR (in association with Vevo)

Darwin Deez – The Mess She Made
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Oscar – Sometimes
Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

BEST LIVE ACT (voted for by visitors to Songkick)

Babymetal
Caravan Palace
Courteeners
Sunset Sons
Wolf Alice

INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR (in association with MCPS)

Adele – Hello
Christine And The Queens – Tilted
Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over
Flume – Never Be Like You
Ghetts x Rude Kid – One Take
Major Lazer ft Nyla & Fuse ODG – Light It Up [remix]
Protoje Ft Chronixx – Who Knows
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Skepta – Man
Roots Manuva – Don’t Breathe Out

PPL AWARD FOR MOST PLAYED NEW INDEPENDENT ACT

KDA
Sigala
Wolf Alice
Tchami

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR (In association with The Orchard)

ARCA – Mutant
Brian Eno – The Ship
Field Music – Commontime
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom
Lapsley – Long Way Home
Little Simz – A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons
Press To Meco – Good Intent
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Roots Manuva – Bleeds
Skepta – Konnichiwa

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR (In association with Believe Digital)

Because Music
Bella Union
Epitaph/ANTI
Moshi Moshi
Ninja Tune

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC (in association with Amazon Music)

Roisin Murphy

PIONEER AWARD

Richard Russell, XL Recordings

INNOVATOR AWARD (in association with FUGA)

TBA