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.
(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
Marshall Teller Records
BEST LIVE ACT - in association with Songkick
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Five Finger Death Punch
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
Barn on the Farm
In The Woods
HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST - in association with Jack Daniel's
Gabby Young & Other Animals
INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR - sponsored by 7digital
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
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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