Adele, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver Among U.K.'s Independent Music Award Nominees
Adele, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver Among U.K.'s Independent Music Award Nominees

Adele, Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver are among the acts vying for the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards.

British guitar bands The xx, Friendly Fires and The Horrors - all of whom are signed to London-based XL Recordings, label home to Adele - have also been nominated ahead of the November 10 prize-giving ceremony, which will be held in central London.

AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, first announced that it was to establish its own awards earlier this summer. According to a statement released by AIM, "The AIM Independent Music Awards is about recognising the success of all levels of act, genre and label and commending the real heroes of a music sector that continues to challenge the main stream, nurture talent and thrive."

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As previously announced, Icelandic singer Bjork will receive the outstanding contribution to music award in recognition of her continual "embracing and exploring new technology, supporting and mentoring new talent and a dedication to realising artistic visions without compromise or concession."

Laurence Bell, the founder of London-based independent Domino Records - which counts Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks among its roster - is to be the inaugural recipient of the Pioneer Award.

Leading the individual nominations, which were announced today (Oct. 13), is Adele, who's "21" (XL Recordings) is nominated in the Best Difficult Second Album category alongside Bon Iver's "Bon Iver" (4AD), Fleet Foxes' "Helplessness Blues" (Bella Union), Friendly Fires' "Pala" (XL) and Toddla T's "Watch Me Dance" (Ninja Tune). Adele also received a nod in the PPL Award For Most Played Independent Act. Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and The xx were the other nominees.

XL Recordings acts SBTRKT and The Horrors compete with Bring Me The Horizon (Visible Noise) and Caro Emerald (Dramatico) for the Independent Breakthrough of the Year award. Frank Turner (Xtra Mile), Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality) and Warpaint (Rough Trade) are among the acts up for the Best Live Act title. According to AIM, nominations were decided by an independent judging panel and public voting, with over 14,000 registering their votes. BBC 6 Music radio DJ Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens will co-host the awards.

FULL NOMINEES LIST:

BEST SMALL LABEL
Ambiguous Records
Naim Edge Records
Smalltown America
Stolen Recordings
In association with Sound Performance

BEST 'DIFFICULT' SECOND ALBUM

Adele - 21 (XL Recordings)
Bon Iver - Bon Iver (4AD)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Bella Union)
Friendly Fires - Pala (XL Recordings)
Toddla T - Watch Me Dance (Ninja Tune)

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST

Beardyman (Sunday Best)
Bring Me The Horizon (Visible Noise)
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Randomhand (Bomber Music)
In association with Live Nation

CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR

Coals to Newcastle - Orange Juice (Domino)
The Wonderful And Frightening World of The Fall / This Nation's Saving Grace
(Omnibus Edition)
The Fall (Beggars Group)
Matador at 21 - Various Artists (Matador)
Ninja Tune XX - Various Artists (Ninja Tune)
In association with Rovi Europe

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL

Bearded Theory
Belladrum
End of the Road Festival
Y Not
In association with AIF, voted for by readers of Virtual Festivals

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
Bring Me The Horizon (Visible Noise)
Caro Emerald (Dramatico / Grandmono)
The Horrors (XL Recordings)
SBTRKT (XL Recordings)

INNOVATIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
Ninja Tune campaign for Amon Tobin 'Isam'
Ninja Tune for campaign for 'Ninja Tune XX'
Radar Maker campaign for Frankie & The Heartstrings 'Hunger'
Warp campaign for Flying Lotus 'Cosmogramma, Pattern+Grid World, Cosmogramma Alt Takes'

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD
Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
Nathan Clark, Brudenell Social Club
John Robb, Louder Than War
John Doran & Luke Turner, The Quietus

INDEPENDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Julie Weir (Visible Noise / Wiseblood Management)
Martin Goldschidt (Cooking Vinyl)
Rob da Bank (Bestival / Camp Bestival / AIF / Radio 1 / Sunday Best)
Ruth Daniel (Fat Northener / unConvention)
In association with The Orchard

BEST LIVE ACT
Bring Me The Horizon (Visible Noise)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)
Warpaint (Rough Trade)
In association with Sailor Jerry, voted for by readers of The Fly

PPL AWARD FOR MOST PLAYED INDEPENDENT ACT
Adele (XL Recordings)
Arctic Monkeys (Domino Recording Company)
Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings)
The xx (XL Recordings)
In association with PPL

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC 2011:
WINNER - BJÖRK

PIONEER AWARD 2011:
WINNER - LAURENCE BELL, THE DOMINO RECORDING COMPANY