The Association of Independent Music (AIM) held their sixth awards show on 6th September at The Brewery in London last night. While it had already been revealed that Irish producer and singer Roisin Murphy was winning this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, the rest of the winners were selected based on over 15,000 public votes and the decision of a judging panel.
French art-pop act Christine and the Queens won Independent Breakthrough of the Year, while indie trio Daughter won Best “Difficult” Second Album for their sophomore effort Not to Disappear. The public voted metal and J-Pop hybrid Babymetal as the Best Live Act, while London singer-songwriter Oscar received a gong for his effervescent video for ‘Sometimes.’ MC Little Simz won Independent Album of the Year for A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons and grime maestro Stormzy received this year’s Innovator Award. There were also gongs for labels, with Numbers winning Best Small Label and Epitaph/ANTI- receiving the award for Independent Label of the Year.
See the full list of winners below.
Best Small Label – Numbers
Best “Difficult” Second Album – Daughter, Not to Disappear
Special Catalogue Release of the Year – Slade, ‘When Slade Rocked the World 1971-1975’
Hardest Working Band or Artist – Darren Hayman
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival – Brainchild Festival
Independent Breakthrough of the Year – Christine and the Queens
Indie Champion Award – Jon Tolley, Banquet Records
Independent Video of the Year – Oscar, ‘Sometimes’
Best Live Act – Babymetal
Independent Track of the Year – Adele, ‘Hello’
Independent Album of the Year – Little Simz, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
Independent Label of the Year – Epitaph/ANTI-
PPL Awards for Most Played New Independent Act – Sigala
Innovator Award – Stormzy
Pioneer Award – Richard Russell, XL Recordings
Outstanding Contribution to Music Award – Roisin Murphy