British grime rapper, songwriter and producer Skepta will be taking home the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards. It’s been a big year for the Tottenham MC, who has collaborated with Drake and Earl Sweatshirt, and performed at the BRIT Awards with Kanye West. In 2014, he released the song “That’s Not Me” off the forthcoming album Konnichiwa.
"Since Grime was born out of the ashes of UK Garage, Skepta has been a pioneer of the sound, of the DIY business model and the culture," said AIM Awards judge MistaJam. "DJ, Producer, Writer, MC, record label boss and performer - there's no denying Skepta has put in the blood sweat and tears for the last 10 whole years and now, as he stands on the cusp of true international acclaim, it feels right to award Skepta for his immense contribution so far to British Music."
Skepta will receive the award at the 5th annual AIM Awards, taking place at London’s The Brewery on Sept. 8. A total of 43 artists are in the running for awards this year, with Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, FKA Twigs and Alt-J leading the pack with three nods apiece. Other special honorees include Digby Pearson of Earache Records, who'll receive the Pioneer Award, and Ninja Tune's Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More, this year's Innovator Award recipients.