AIM Independent Music Awards 2018 nominations announced

The AIM Independent Music Awards are delighted to today announce the list of nominees for this year’s awards ceremony. The diverse range of artists nominated represent the leading lights of the independent music sector, as well as some of the most exciting and innovative breakthrough acts of the past few years. Spanning the full spectrum of genres, the final list of names were revealed last night at the nominations announcement party at London’s House of Vans.


Leading the 2018 nominees are IDLES with four nominations, then Let’s Eat Grandma, Phoebe Bridgers and Jorja Smith who are shortlisted for three awards each, followed by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shame, SOPHIE, and Moses Sumney who have each scored two nominations.


Now in its eighth year, the AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates innovation and legacy within the independent sector, rewarding both recent and career-spanning achievements, uniquely recognising both artists and those working behind the scenes. From grassroots artists to household names, the 16 award categories honour the pioneering figures who elevate and strengthen independent music globally.


A public vote was held to decide the shortlist for this year’s Best Live Act – in association with Songkick. From the 44 acts in the longlist, the artists with the most votes and the nominations for this years award are Cassia, DMA’s, Erasure, IDLES, Steps.


Each year The Indie Champion award – in association with [PIAS] celebrates a modern day visionary whose outstanding contributions behind the scenes have improved the face of independent music. This year’s award will go to Femi Adeyemi, who founded London’s trailblazing NTS Radio. Since launching in 2011, the independent live radio and music platform, has dedicated itself to championing new music and unearthing lost gems, with over 200 regular shows and guest presenters including Jamie xx, Four Tet, Kelela, Gilles Peterson, Skepta, Thurston Moore, M.I.A, Frankie Knuckles and more.


The Innovator Award (in association with Fuga), Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with Merlin), and the Pioneer Award will be announced in the lead up to this year’s awards ceremony.


The AIM Independent Music Awards 2018 ceremony takes place on 4th September at The Brewery, Clerkenwell. This year’s celebration will be presented by BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam and TV personality and presenter of the hugely popular live quiz show app HQ Sharon Carpenter.


The AIM Independent Music Awards 2018 nominees are as follows:


Independent Album of the Year – in association with Ingrooves

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (Because Music)

Jorja Smith – Lost & Found (FAMM)

Kamaal Williams – The Return (Warp Records)

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (XL Recordings)

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (1965 Records/[PIAS])

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)

Shame – Songs Of Praise (Dead Oceans)

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)


Independent Track of the Year – in association with Spotify

Bicep – Glue (Ninja Tune)

Christine and the Queens – Girlfriend (Because Music)

Dave – Question Time (Dave)

Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Ninja Tune)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine (Because Music)

Ghostpoet – Immigrant Boogie (Play It Again Sam)

Let’s Eat Grandma – Falling Into Me (Transgressive)

Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness (Dead Oceans)

Shame – One Rizla (Dead Oceans)

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses (Dirty Hit)


Best Sophomore Release – in association with Radio X

Fever Ray – Plunge (Rabid Records)

Gwenno – Le Kov (Heavenly Recordings)

King Krule – The OOZ (XL Recordings)

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)

Nines – Crop Circle (XL Recordings)


UK Breakthrough of the Year – in association with YouTube

AJ Tracey (self-released)

Goat Girl (Rough Trade Records)

IDLES (Partisan Records)

Jorja Smith (FAMM)

SOPHIE (Transgressive)


International Breakthrough of the Year – in association with Deezer

Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan Records)

Confidence Man (Heavenly Recordings)

Moses Sumney (Jagjaguar)

Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)

Zeal & Ardor MVKA)


Best Live Act – in association with Songkick

Cassia (Distiller Records)
DMA’s (Infectious Music)
Erasure (Mute Records)
IDLES (Partisan Records)
Steps (Absolute Label Services)


Hardest Working Group or Artist

DAWN (Dawn Richard) (Our Dawn Entertainment)

IDLES (Partisan Records)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Heavenly Recordings)

Mogwai (Rock Action Records)

Tom Misch (Beyond The Groove)


Best Creative Packaging – in association with MCPS

Black Sabbath – The Ten Year War (BMG)

Fela Kuti – Box Set #4 Curated By Erykah Badu (Partisan Records)

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)

Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of (Warp Records)

Wishbone Ash – The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (Snapper Music)


Independent Label of the Year – in association with Believe

Brownswood Recordings

Ninja Tune


Dirty Hit

Deads Oceans


Best Small Label – in association with Awesome Merchandise

Black Acre Records

Rocket Recordings

Rock Action Records

On the Corner Records



Indie Champion Award – in association with [PIAS]

Femi Adeyemi – Founder of NTS Radio


PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act

Camelphat & Elderbook (Defected)

Dave (Dave)

Hardy Caprio (A2!)

Jorja Smith (FAMM)

Yxng Bane (Disturbing London)


Independent Video of the Year – in association with Vevo

IDLES – Colossus (Partisan Records) / Directed by Will Hooper

Leon Vynehall – Movements (Chapter III) (Ninja Tune) / Directed by Young Replicant

Moses Sumney – Doomed (Jagjaguar) / Directed by Allie Avital

Novo Amor – Birthplace (AllPoints) / Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy

Superorganism – Everybody Want to Be Famous (Domino Records) / Directed by Robert Strangers


AIM have also announced they will be raising money for Young Urban Arts Foundation as the charity sponsor for this years awards. Kerry O’Brien, CEO / Founder of YUAF said: “We are absolutely delighted to be this year’s charity partner for the AIM Awards. The Young Urban Arts Foundation’s ethos heavily focuses on improving mental health and empowering young people to become independent, especially those wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries – so it is a perfect fit for us to raise awareness of our charity and Skip To The Beat programme. We’re honoured to have this opportunity and looking forward to the night, to generate as much funding possible for our Skip To The Beat programme and help young people go places“.


AIM’s 800+ members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK. They range from the largest and most respected independent music companies in the world, to small start ups and self-releasing bands. The AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates the diverse, wide-ranging work and achievements of the UK music industry, and champions those who continue to push the boundaries of independent music.


Tickets for this years ceremony are now on sale and are available from just £115. Tickets include three course dinner, drinks receptions, live performances and access to the after party. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.musicindie.com/info/