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Nominations for the 5th annual AIM Independent Awards have been announced, with Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, FKA Twigs and Alt-J sharing bragging rights with three nods apiece. The list of indie music's top artists, labels, festivals and advocates was revealed at House of Vans London by Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker and Absolute Radio’s Danielle Perry, with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 8.

A total of 43 artists are in the running for awards this year, with Bjork, Jme, Wolf Alice and Ghostpoet all receiving two nods. The diverse slate of categories includes indie breakthrough (Run the Jewels is in the mix), hardest working band (Swans, Little Comets and others) and an award for best difficult second album (Alabama Shakes, Holly Herndon, etc.).

The industry-specific awards include independent label of the year, which will be contested by Epitaph, Erased Tapes, Heavenly, Planet Mu and Transgressive. The coveted Golden Welly Award for best independent festival will pit ArcTangent, Barn on the Farm, Brainchild Festival, Pete the Monkey and Truck Festival.

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. 

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. 8.

The full list of nominees:

Best Small Label
Basick Records
Erased Tapes Records 
High Focus Records
Planet Mu Records
Rocket Girl

Best Difficult Second Album
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color 
Holly Herndon – Platform 
Nadine Shah – Fast Food 
The 2 Bears – The Night is Young 
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

Special Catalogue Release of the Year
Cities of Darkscorch Boardgame 
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Inside the Pleasuredome 
Bjork – Coloured Vinyl Catalogue Reissue
The Pretty Things – Bouquets From a Cloudy Sky 
Imogen Heap – Sparks (Deluxe Boxset) 
Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Reissue 

Hardest Working Band or Artist 
Courtney Barnett 
Jme
Little Comets 
Swans 
Young Fathers 

Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival
ArcTanGent
Barn On The Farm
Brainchild Festival
Pete The Monkey
Truck Festival

Independent Breakthrough of the Year
Courtney Barnett 
FKA twigs 
Run The Jewels 
Songhoy Blues 
Wolf Alice 

Indie Champion
Camilla Pia, BBC 6Music
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
Peter Guy, Getintothis
Rupert Morrison, The Drift Record Shop
Tim Burgess, Songwriter & O Genesis Music Ltd

Independent Video of the Year
Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine 
Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Ghostpoet – Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me 
Ibeyi – River 
Son Lux – Change Is Everything 

Best Live Act
All Time Low 
Alt-J 
Erasure 
Thunder 
To Kill a King 
Twin Atlantic 

Independent Track of the Year
Alt-J – Every Other Freckle 
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best 
FKA twigs – Two Weeks 
Jamie XX – Loud Places
LA Priest – Oino 
Major Lazer – Lean On 
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcists 
Neck Deep – Can’t Kick Up The Roots 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love 
Wiley – On A Level 

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act
FKA twigs 
Ghetts 
Jungle 
Ward Thomas

Independent Album of the Year
Bjork – Vulnicura
Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep 
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear 
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin 
Jme – Integrity> 
The Bug – Angels & Devils 
The Charlatans – Modern Nature 
The Xcerts – There Is Only You 
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool 
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too 

Independent Label of the Year
Epitaph Records
Erased Tapes Records
Heavenly Recordings
Planet Mu Records
Transgressive Records

Pioneer Award
Digby Pearson, Earache Records

Innovator Award
Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune

Outstanding Contribution to Music
TBA