IDLES Lead AIM Independent Music Awards Nominees, Charles Caldas & Allen Kovac to Receive Industry Honors

Courtesy of AIM


Other notable 2019 honorees include Johnny Marr and Debbie Harry.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced Wednesday (Aug. 14) numerous honorees for its annual awards ceremony, highlighted by Merlin CEO Charles Caldas and Eleven Seven CEO Allen Kovac.

Set for Sept. 3 in London, the 2019 AIM Independent Music Awards will present Caldas with its indie champion award, acknowledging a record year for Merlin's negotiations with streaming services on behalf of indie labels. 

Kovac will take home AIM's Innovator Award. For the veteran manager and label boss, a standout 2019 included the success of his longtime clients Mötley Crüe with their Netflix biopic The Dirt, alongside his advisory work for the music analytics firm BuzzAngle Music. 

Previous indie champion winners include Warp co-founder Steve Beckett, XL Recordings’ Richard Russell and NTS founder Femi Adeyemi. Previous innovator winners include avant pop artist SOPHIE and grime label Boy Better Know.

Other notable 2019 honorees include Johnny Marr receiving AIM's pioneer award and Debbie Harry receiving AIM's outstanding contribution to music title. 

Across the AIM Awards' numerous other fields, British punk band IDLES has made history by being nominated for five awards -- a single-year record. Find a complete list of the nominees below.

UK Independent Breakthrough (in association with YouTube Music)

Black Midi
Ezra Collective
Gerry Cinnamon
Jade Bird
International Breakthrough

Afro B
Jade Bird
Maribou State
Nilüfer Yanya
Best Independent Track (in association with Facebook)

Dave, “Funky Friday (ft. Fredo)”
FKA Twigs, “Cellophane”
Fontaines D.C., “Boys In The Better Land”
Georgia, “About Work The Dancefloor”
JARV IS, “Must I Evolve”
Jai Paul, “Do You Love Her Now”
Holly Herndon, “Eternal”
Little Simz, “Selfish (ft. Celo Sol)”
Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”
Four Tet, “Teenage Birdsong”
Best Independent Album (in association with Spotify)

Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center
Christine And The Queens, Chris
Dave, Psychodrama
Fontaines D.C., Dogrel
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, End of Suffering
Jade Bird, Jade Bird
Jordan Rakei, Origin
Little Simz, GREY Area
Snapped Ankles, Stunning Luxury
Swindle, No More Normal

Best [Difficult] Second Album

Erland Cooper, Sule Skerry
IDLES, Joy as an Act of Resistance
Julia Jacklin, Crushing
Maribou State, Kingdoms In Colour
SOAK, Grim Town

One To Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing)

Arlo Parks
Barney Artist
Best Small Label

Fuzz Club Records
Killing Moon
Local Action
Scruff of the Neck
Speedy Wunderground
Best Creative Packaging (in association with MCPS)

[Hand-picked and curated in collaboration with The Rolling Stones, Confessin’ The Blues compilation]
Murlo, Dolos
IDLES, Joy as an Act of Resistance
Various Artists, Sick Music 2019 compilation
Keith Richards, Talk Is Cheap
Best Independent Video (in association with Vevo)

Christine and the Queens, “5 Dollars”
Hot Chip, “Hungry Child”
John Grant, “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips”
Caleb Steph, “Black Boy”
FKA Twigs, “Cellophane”
Best Independent Label (in association with [PIAS])

Brownswood Recordings
Nuclear Blast
Partisan Records
Rough Trade

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Artist

AJ Tracey
Cosmo Sheldrake
Freya Ridings
Guru Randhawa
Jorja Smith
Best Live Act (in association with Songkick)

AJ Tracey
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Gerry Cinnamon


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