Full nominees shortlist announced for 2014 AIM Independent Music Awards

Announced at an exclusive launch at Red Bull Studios London, the Association of Independent Music is pleased to reveal the nominees for the 4th annual AIM Independent Music Awards. Revealed by Xfm’s Danielle Perry and Radio 1’s DJ Target, the list highlights the diversity and creative talent of independent music in 2014.

The health of the current independent music scene is writ large with a total of 37 artists in the running for 8 artist awards. London Grammar lead the way with an impressive 4 nominations including ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Independent Breakthrough of The Year’ while Arctic Monkeys, Bonobo, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, FKA Twigs, Future Islands and tUnE-yArDs all receive 2 nods. A unique not-for-profit creative space, Red Bull Studios London is known for its work supporting the music industry, and proved a perfect backdrop for this year’s nominees launch.

The coveted Independent Label Of The Year award will be contested by Because Music, Domino, Fearless Records, Hospital Records, Ninja Tune and Secretly Group. Following in their footsteps, Hyperdub, Kissability, Marshall Teller Records, National Anthem and Sonic Cathedral will battle it out for the Best Small Label award.

Once again, the nominations honour the full spectrum of independent music in 2014, as nominees for Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album including Anna Calvi, Ben Watt, Blood Orange, The Pretty Reckless and Withered Hand stand side-by-side with those nominated for the Independent Breakthrough of The Year, Courtney Barnett, Future Islands, London Grammar, Sohn and Young Fathers.

The full list of nominees is:

Best Small Label – Sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services

  • Hyperdub
  • Kissability
  • Marshall Teller Records
  • National Anthem
  • Sonic Cathedral

Best Live Act – in association with Songkick

  • Bonobo
  • Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • London Grammar
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album – in association with XFM

  • Anna Calvi – One Breath
  • Ben Watt – Hendra
  • Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  • The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
  • Withered Hand – New Gods

Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival – in association with AIF and DIY

  • ArcTanGent
  • Barn on the Farm
  • Greenbelt
  • In The Woods
  • LeeFest

Hardest Working Band or Artist – in association with Jack Daniel’s

  • Bonobo
  • Femme
  • Gabby Young
  • Ghetts
  • PINS

Independent Breakthrough of the Year – sponsored by 7digital

  • Courtney Barnett
  • Future Islands
  • London Grammar
  • Sohn
  • Young Fathers

Independent Track of the Year – sponsored by Spotify

  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  • FKA Twigs – Water Me
  • Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
  • London Grammar – Strong
  • Sampha – Too Much
  • Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul

Independent Video of the Year – sponsored by Vevo

  • Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me
  • FKA Twigs – Water Me
  • James – Moving On
  • Liars – Mess On A Mission
  • Royal Canoe – Birthday

Indie Champion Award – sponsored by CI

  • Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
  • Camilla Pia, BBC 6Music
  • Charles Caldas, Merlin
  • John Doran, The Quietus
  • Tim Palmer & Clemence Godard, Bird on the Wire

Special Catalogue Release of the Year – in association with Amazon Music

  • Cabaret Voltaire – Collected Works 1983 – 1985
  • Nightmares on Wax – N.O.W.Is The Time
  • Small Faces – Here Come The Nice – Immediate Years Box Set 1967 – 1969
  • The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Expanded Edition)
  • Various – Purple Snow – Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound

Independent ALbum of the Year – sponsored by MixRadio

  • Actress – Ghettoville
  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  • Fred V & Grafix – Recognise
  • Gruff Rhys – American Interior
  • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  • London Grammar – If You Wait
  • Mogwai – Rave Tapes
  • Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
  • Within Temptation – Hydra

Independent Label of the Year – sponsored by Believe Digital

  • Because Music
  • Domino
  • Fearless Records
  • Hospital Records
  • Ninja Tune
  • Secretly Group

Innovator Award – sponsored by The Orchard

  • Steve Goodman, Hyperdub Records

Pioneer Award

  • Martin Mills, Beggars Group

Outstanding Contribution to Music – sponsored by eMusic

  • Recipient TBA soon

The PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act will be revealed on the night.

Winners will be revealed at the ceremony hosted by XFM’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy and Alice Levine, one of Radio 1‘s newest voices, at London’s The Brewery, Clerkenwell on 2nd September.

A limited number of afterparty tickets are now available here.