Shortlist Announced: AIM Independent Music Awards 2014

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.

DJ Target

(Warming up the crowd at the AIM nominations party; Xfm’s Danielle Perry and Radio 1’s DJ Target)

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 & Other Animals

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 Comes 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 – Steve Goodman, Hyperdub Records.

PIONEER AWARD - sponsored by The Orchard: 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.  Award ceremony tickets are SOLD OUT.

A limited number of afterparty tickets are now available from www.musicindie.com/awards.

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