The winners for this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards were announced last night at a London ceremony.
Taking place at the Roundhouse, both Dave and IDLES celebrated two wins each, with Jade Bird, Freya Ridings, Gerry Cinnamon, and Georgia taking home prizes too.
The Kinks’ Ray Davies also presented Debbie Harry with her Outstanding Contribution award, while The Smiths’ Johnny Marr received the Pioneer Award.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico comments: “The list of winners tonight reflects the boldness of the independent community – artists and labels who are unafraid to push the boundaries and take risks to produce some of the UK’s most cutting-edge cultural output. As we celebrate AIM’s twentieth year championing independence, it’s amazing to see that creative spirit celebrated in this way at a venue like the Roundhouse.”
An abbreviated list of winners reads:
Best Live Act (in association with Songkick)
Gerry Cinnamon WINNER
Best Small Label (in association with Proper Music Group)
Scruff of the Neck WINNER
UK Independent Breakthrough (in association with YouTube Music)
Best Independent Album (in association with Spotify)
Dave, “Psychodrama” WINNER
Best [Difficult] Second Album (in association with Key Production)
IDLES, “Joy as an Act of Resistance.” WINNER
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist
Freya Ridings WINNER
International Breakthrough (in association with Creative Industries Federation)
Jade Bird WINNER
Best Independent Video (in association with Vevo)
Hot Chip, “Hungry Child” WINNER
Best Independent Track (in association with Facebook)
Dave, “Funky Friday (ft. Fredo)” WINNER
One To Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing)