Skepta and FKA twigs hit the jackpot at AIM awards

Ninja Tune, Young Fathers and Flying Lotus also had reason to pop the bubbly too.


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Skepta, FKA Twigs, Jungle, Flying Lotus and Young Fathers were just some of the winners of last night's AIM awards. Set up in 2010 to recognise the achievements of independent labels and artists, the ceremony has become renowned for its 'tell it like it is' awards including Best Difficult Second Album and Hardest Working Band or Artist. AIM are keepin' it real…

Grime heavyweight Skepta received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in rightful recognition of his decade long career. The scene had considerable representation at the awards show, with rising talent Stormzy closing the ceremony, a response no doubt to the  formidable resurgence of Grime across UK music culture.    

Jungle came face-to-face with Noel Gallagher who presented them with their PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act. Edinburgh group Young Fathers picked up the Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album Award for ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ and Independent Track of The Year was awarded to Dummy favourite FKA twigs for Two Weeks.  Acclaimed London based label Ninja Tune collected the Innovator Award, presented to them by Roots Manuva.  The label have been cited as 'one of the most credible independent labels in the world' and across the past 25 years they have worked with a diverse range of acts including Toddla T, Saul Williams, Kelis and Machinedrum.

Best Small Label (in association with Disc Manufacturing Services): Erased Tape Records
Best Difficult Second Album (in association with XFM): Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
Special Catalogue Release of the Year (in association with Amazon Music): Cities of Darkscorch Boardgame
Hardest Working Band or Artist: Swans
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (in association with AIF, voted for by readers of DIY): Brainchild Festival
Independent Breakthrough of the Year: Wolf Alice
Indie Champion (in association with CI): Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
Independent Video of the Year (in association with Vevo): Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Best Live Act (in association with Jack Daniel’s, voted for by visitors to Songkick): All Time Low
Independent Track of the Year (in association with Spotify): FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act: Jungle
Independent Album of the Year (in association with dotFans): Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep'
Independent Label of the Year (in association with Believe Digital): Transgressive Record
Pioneer Award (in association with The Orchard): Digby Pearson, Earache Record
Innovator Award (in association with Promostream) Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune
Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with Merlin) Skepta