AIM last night celebrated another triumphant year for independent music as it unveiled the winners at the fourth annual AIM Independent Music Awards.
On a star studded night, the darlings of the independent music scene London Grammar continued their triumphant rise with 2 awards, Arctic Monkeys picked up the coveted Independent Album Of The Year Award (sponsored by MixRadio), while their label Domino Records collected Independent Label of The Year (sponsored by Believe Digital) and dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip won VEVO’s Independent Video Of The Year Award for ‘You Will See Me’.
Hosted by Xfm’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy and Alice Levine, one of Radio 1’s newest voices, the AIM Awards is now established as the premiere event in the independent sector’s diary. The event opened with a live performance by Twin Atlantic, winners of Independent Track of The Year (sponsored by Spotify), and was closed with spellbinding grace by Daughter, performing in honour of this year’s Pioneer Award winner Martin Mills, founder and chairman of The Beggars Group. Martin received his award from industry legends Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) and Seymour Stein (Sire Records).
A worthy winner with over four decades of visionary work to his name, Martin Mills used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to surprise AIM Chairman and CEO Alison Wenham with the presentation of a Special Recognition Award, celebrating 15 years of AIM.
Twin Atlantic collected the Independent Track of The Year Award (sponsored by Spotify) for their smash ‘Heart and Soul’, and London Grammar – having led the way with four nominations -picked up two awards on the night, Independent Breakthrough of The Year (sponsored by 7digital) and the PPL Award For The Most Played New Independent Act.
The only other double award win of the evening went to renowned label Hyperdub Records, picking up Best Small Label (sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services) and the new Innovator Award (sponsored by The Orchard), presented to label head and founder Steve Goodman aka Kode9 for his boundary pushing, risk-taking approach to independent music. A fitting accolade, as Hyperdub celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year. Special Catalogue Release of The Year (in association with Amazon Music), went to Numero Group for their compilation Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound.
With over 20 years of independent success to their name, the coveted Independent Label of The Year Award (sponsored by Believe Digital) went to Domino. Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with Xfm) went to Ben Watt for ‘Hendra’, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor won the popular vote on the website Songkick to claim the Best Live Act award.
Long-serving music journalist and The Quietus Editor John Doran took home a well-deserved Indie Champion (sponsored by CI) prize, whilst the tireless drive of rapper Ghetts was recognised with the Hardest Working Band or Artist Award (in association with Jack Daniel’s). The much loved festival Barn on the Farm received the Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (in association with AIF and DIY).
As previously announced DJ, producer, record label owner and revered pioneer of electronic music Richie Hawtin was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award (sponsored by eMusic). The founder of techno imprints Plus 8 and Minus, and forever associated with placing the Detroit techno scene firmly on the global map, Richie was rightly celebrated for an independent career spanning over 20 years.
AIM Independent Music Awards winners:
- Best Live Act (in association with Songkick): Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- Independent Breakthrough of The Year (sponsored by 7digital): London Grammar
- Hardest Working Band or Artist (in association with Jack Daniel’s): Ghetts
- Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with Xfm): Ben Watt – Hendra
- Independent Album of The Year (sponsored by MixRadio): Arctic Monkeys – AM
- Best Small Label (sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services): Hyperdub
- PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act: London Grammar
- Special Catalogue Release of The Year (in association with Amazon Music): Various – Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
- Independent Label of The Year (sponsored by Believe Digital): Domino
- Independent Track of The Year (sponsored by Spotify): Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul
- Independent Video of The Year (sponsored by VEVO): Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me
- Indie Champion Award (sponsored by CI): John Doran, The Quietus
- Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (in association with AIF and DIY): Barn on the Farm
- Special Recognition Award: Alison Wenham, AIM Chairman and CEO
- Outstanding Contribution to Music (sponsored by eMusic): Richie Hawtin
- Pioneer Award: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
- Innovator Award (sponsored by The Orchard): Steve Goodman aka Kode9 of Hyperdub Records