Jorja Smith, SOPHIE, Idles and more crowned winners at AIM Independent Music Awards 2018
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Image credit: Callum BakerThe awards, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam and HQ Trivia’s Sharon Carpenter, aim to showcase the best of the UK’s independent musical talent, with the likes of SOPHIE, Jorja Smith and IDLES amongst this year's winners.
Jorja Smith scooped the UK Breakthrough of the Year Award for her debut album Lost & Found, which has received countless praise since its release in June. Meanwhile, up-and-coming punk rock band, IDLES, bagged the Hardest Working Group Or Artist Award for their acclaimed album, Joy As An Act of Resistance.
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The prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music prize was this year awarded to Tracey Thorn to honour and celebrate her musical career as an independent icon. While on stage to accept her award, Thorn remarked that it “couldn’t get more independent” than her, where she then went on to thank the AIM awards.
Nadine Shah lit up the stage with a live performance on the night as well as claiming the award for Best Album for Holiday Destination - her third studio album. In her acceptance speech, she stayed true to the political themes in her album by condemning the rise of nationalism in the last few years, thanking her label who encouraged her to “be louder, to say more”.
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SOPHIE, the cutting-edge figure of electronic music, was awarded The Innovator Award. She released her full-length debut album OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES earlier this year, and collected her award onstage by saying that "independent artists and thinkers are innovators in themselves".
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Independent Album of the Year - in association with Ingrooves
Nadine Shah - Holiday Destination (1965 Records/[PIAS])
Independent Track of the Year - in association with Spotify
Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Ninja Tune)
Best Sophomore Release - in association with Radio X
Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears (Transgressive)
UK Breakthrough of the Year - in association with YouTube
Jorja Smith (FAMM)
International Breakthrough of the Year - in association with Deezer
Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)
Best Live Act - in association with Songkick
Erasure (Mute Records)
Hardest Working Group or Artist
IDLES (Partisan Records)
Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with Merlin)
Innovator Award (in association with Fuga)
Best Creative Packaging - in association with MCPS
Black Sabbath - The Ten Year War (BMG)
Independent Label of the Year - in association with Believe
Ninja TuneBest Small Label - in association with Awesome Merchandise
Black Acre Records
Indie Champion Award - in association with [PIAS]
Femi Adeyemi - Founder of NTS Radio
PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act
Independent Video of the Year - in association with Vevo
Novo Amor - Birthplace (AllPoints) / Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy