Throat surgery may have temporarily taken her out of the live market, but Adele continues to dominate the awards season.
The U.K. singer won two prizes at the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards, held in central London last night (Nov. 10). The artist, who recently underwent throat surgery in Boston (Billboard.com, Nov. 7), was the recipient of the PPL award for most played independent artist and won the best difficult second album category will her all-conquering sophomore set "21" (XL Recordings).
British alt.folk artist Frank Turner also won two awards at the event, which is designed to recognise and promote the United Kingdom's independent sector. Turner, who is signed to Xtra Mile Recordings and also performed live at the ceremony, took home the title of best live act and hardest working artist.
XL Recordings artist SBTRKT walked away with the prize for independent breakthrough of the year, while London-based Stolen Recordings - whose roster includes Bo Ningen and Nashville rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood - was announced as the best small label.
The title of independent entrepreneur of the year went to Rob Da Bank, founder of the annual Bestival festival and director of the Sunday Best Recordings label, which recently released the debut studio album from U.S. film director David Lynch.
Hosted by BBC radio DJs Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, the inaugural event featured live performances from Scottish singer-songwriter James Yorkston and British beatbox artist/MC Beardyman.
As previously announced, Bjork was awarded with the outstanding contribution to music prize, while Domino Records founder Laurence Bell won the pioneer award, awarded in recognition of a visionary independent label founder.
Award winners were decided by an independent judging panel and public voting, with over 15,000 registering their votes, according to AIM.
The full list of winners
Independent Entrepreneur of the Year
Rob da Bank (Sunday Best Recordings / Bestival / Camp Bestival / AIF / Radio 1)
Best Difficult Second Album
21 - Adele (XL)
Catalogue Release of the Year
Matador at 21 - Various Artists (Matador Records)
Best Small Label
Hardest Working Artist
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Innovative Marketing Campaign of the Year
Ninja Tune - 'Ninja Tune XX' campaign
Independent Breakthrough of the Year
John Robb, Louder Than War
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival
PPL Award for Most Played Independent Artist
Best Live Act
Laurence Bell (Domino)
Outstanding Contribution to Music
Bjork (One Little Indian)