Let’s Eat Grandma, Idles, SOPHIE, Phoebe Bridgers + more win big at the AIM Awards 2018

Oh what a night, what a night for independent music.

If you didn’t see last night, the AIM Awards returned for a bumper 2018 edition – with the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma, Idles, SOPHIE, Nadine Shah and more all picking up gongs in celebration of the past 12 months of independent music.

Hosted by Sharon Carpenter (of HQ fame) and Mistajam, there were awards flying all over the shop on a packed night in London. Former cover stars Let’s Eat Grandma scored Best Sophomore Release for their amazing latest album ‘I’m All Ears’, IDLES picked up the Hardest Working Group Or Artist Award (summed up by the fact they weren’t able to pick up the award as they were still signing records at Rough Trade), Nadine Shah picked up Independent Album Of The Year after a storming live performance earlier in the night, Phoebe Bridgers went home with International Breakthrough and SOPHIE took home a very special Innovator award too. 

With further wins for Jorja Smith, Peggy Gou, Goldie and Erasue – with label nods for Ninja Tune and an afterparty that lasted late into the night (which featured performances from Goat Girl, Boy Azooga, Peggy Gou and Goldie amongst others), it was a bloody good time.

Check out the full list of winners below. We’re just going to be over here with a coffee and a glass of water…

Independent Album of the Year

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

Best Sophomore Release

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

UK Breakthrough of the Year

Jorja Smith

International Breakthrough of the Year

Phoebe Bridgers

Independent Track of the Year

Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)

Hardest Working Group or Artist


Best Live Act


Innovator Award


Outstanding Contribution to Music

Tracey Thorn

Pioneer Award


Best Creative Packaging

Black Sabbath – The Ten Year War

Independent Label of the Year

Ninja Tune

Best Small Label

Black Acre Records

Indie Champion Award

Femi Adeyemi – Founder of NTS Radio

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act


Independent Video of the Year

Novo Amor – Birthplace

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