Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2.
London Grammar's nominations include for best live act, independent breakthrough of the year and independent album of the year, for "If You Wait." Arctic Monkeys, Bonobo, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, FKA Twigs, Future Islands and Tune Yards all received two nods apiece.
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And because this isn't the Grammys, the AIM Awards boasts a couple semi-unconventional categories: hardest working band and best difficult second album, which will pit sophomore efforts by Anna Calvi, Ben Watt, Blood Orange, The Pretty Reckless and Withered Hand.
The industry awards include independent label of the year, which will be contested by Because Music, Domino, Fearless Records, Hospital Records, Ninja Tune and Secretly Group. Hyperdub, Kissability, Marshall Teller Records, National Anthem and Sonic Cathedral will compete for the best small label nod.
Special honorees include Martin Mills of Beggars Group, who'll receive the Pioneer Award, and Hyperdub's Steve Goodman, this year's Innovator Award winner.
AIM, the independent music trade body in the U.K., will present the winners at a ceremony hosted by XFM's John Kennedy and Radio 1's Alice Levine at London's The Brewery on Sept. 2.
The full list of nominees:
BEST SMALL LABEL
Marshall Teller Records
BEST LIVE ACT
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Five Finger Death Punch
BEST ‘DIFFICULT’ SECOND ALBUM
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Ben Watt – Hendra
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Withered Hand – New Gods
GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL
Barn on the Farm
In The Woods
HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST
Gabby Young & Other Animals
INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
FKA Twigs – Water Me
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
London Grammar – Strong
Sampha – Too Much
Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me
FKA Twigs – Water Me
James – Moving On
Liars – Mess On A Mission
Royal Canoe – Birthday
INDIE CHAMPION AWARD
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Camilla Pia, BBC 6Music
Charles Caldas, Merlin
John Doran, The Quietus
Tim Palmer & Clemence Godard, Bird on the Wire
SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Cabaret Voltaire – Collected Works 1983 – 1985
Nightmares on Wax - N.O.W.Is The Time
Small Faces – Here Comes The Nice – Immediate Years Box Set 1967 – 1969
The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Expanded Edition)
Various – Purple Snow – Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Actress – Ghettoville
Arctic Monkeys – AM
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
Fred V & Grafix – Recognise
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
London Grammar – If You Wait
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
Within Temptation – Hydra
INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR
INNOVATOR AWARD: Steve Goodman, Hyperdub Records.
PIONEER AWARD: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC: Recipient TBA soon.