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AIM Independent Music Awards: IDLES, Let’s Eat Grandma & Partisan Records Score Nominations

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced the full list of nominees for this year's AIM Independent Music Awards ceremony, which will be hosted by British DJ MistaJam and HQ Trivia…

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced the full list of nominees for this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards ceremony, which will be hosted by British DJ MistaJam and HQ Trivia broadcaster Sharon Carpenter.

The award show, which is now in its eighth year, strives to celebrate artists and executives who are innovating within the independent sector. AIM is made up of over 800 members, spanning across all genres and all areas of the U.K.

The charity sponsor of this year’s award show is the Young Urban Arts Foundation (YUAF), which aims to help disadvantaged and struggling youth by teaching them about art and music. Kerry O’Brien, CEO and founder, YUAF said, “We are absolutely delighted to be this year’s charity partner for the AIM Awards. The Young Urban Arts Foundation’s ethos heavily focuses on improving mental health and empowering young people to become independent, especially those wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries — so it is a perfect fit for us to raise awareness of our charity and Skip To The Beat program. We’re honored to have this opportunity and looking forward to the night, to generate as much funding possible for our Skip To The Beat program and help young people go places.”

IDLES leads the list of nominees, with four nominations. Phoebe Bridgers, Let’s Eat Grandma and Jorja Smith are second in line, with three nominations each. Right behind them are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shame, SOPHIE and Moses Sumney with two nominations each.

The Indie Champion Award, which celebrates a modern visionary who has improved independent music, will be awarded to the founder of NTS Radio, Femi Adeyemi.

The AIM Independent Music Awards will be held at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, London on September 4.

See the full list of nominees below.

Independent Album of the Year — in association with Ingrooves

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (Because Music)
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found (FAMM)
Kamaal Williams – The Return (Warp Records)
Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (XL Recordings)
Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (1965 Records/[PIAS])
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)
Shame – Songs Of Praise (Dead Oceans)
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

Independent Track of the Year — in association with Spotify

Bicep – “Glue” (Ninja Tune)
Christine and the Queens – “Girlfriend” (Because Music)
Dave – “Question Time” (Dave)    
Peggy Gou – “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)” (Ninja Tune)
Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Deadly Valentine” (Because Music)    
Ghostpoet – “Immigrant Boogie” (Play It Again Sam)
Let’s Eat Grandma – “Falling Into Me” (Transgressive)
Phoebe Bridgers – “Motion Sickness” (Dead Oceans)
Shame – “One Rizla” (Dead Oceans)
Wolf Alice – “Don’t Delete The Kisses” (Dirty Hit)

Best Sophomore Release — in association with Radio X

Fever Ray – Plunge (Rabid Records)
Gwenno – Le Kov (Heavenly Recordings)
King Krule – The OOZ (XL Recordings)
Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)
Nines – Crop Circle (XL Recordings)

UK Breakthrough of the Year — in association with YouTube

AJ Tracey (self-released)
Goat Girl (Rough Trade Records)
IDLES (Partisan Records)
Jorja Smith (FAMM)
SOPHIE (Transgressive)

International Breakthrough of the Year — in association with Deezer

Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan Records)
Confidence Man (Heavenly Recordings)
Moses Sumney (Jagjaguar)
Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)
Zeal & Ardor MVKA)

Best Live Act — in association with Songkick

Cassia (Distiller Records)
DMA’s (Infectious Music)
Erasure (Mute Records)
IDLES (Partisan Records)
Steps (Absolute Label Services)

Hardest Working Group or Artist

DAWN (Dawn Richard) (Our Dawn Entertainment)
IDLES (Partisan Records)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Heavenly Recordings)
Mogwai (Rock Action Records)
Tom Misch (Beyond The Groove)

Best Creative Packaging — in association with MCPS

Black Sabbath – The Ten Year War (BMG)
Fela Kuti – Box Set #4 Curated By Erykah Badu (Partisan Records)
Hüskur Dü – Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of (Warp Records)
Wishbone Ash – The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (Snapper Music)

Independent Label of the Year — in association with Believe

Brownswood Recordings
Ninja Tune
Dirty Hit
Dead Oceans

Best Small Label — in association with Awesome Merchandise

Black Acre Records
Rocket Recordings
Rock Action Records
On the Corner Records

Indie Champion Award — in association with [PIAS]

Femi Adeyemi – Founder of NTS Radio

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act

Camelphat & Elderbook (Defected)
Dave (Dave)
Hardy Caprio (A2!)
Jorja Smith (FAMM)
Yxng Bane (Disturbing London)

Independent Video of the Year — in association with Vevo

IDLES – “Colossus” (Partisan Records) / Directed by Will Hooper
Leon Vynehall – “Movements (Chapter III)” (Ninja Tune) / Directed by Young Replicant
Moses Sumney – “Doomed” (Jagjaguar) / Directed by Allie Avital
Novo Amor – “Birthplace” (AllPoints) / Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy
Superorganism – “Everybody Want to Be Famous” (Domino Records) / Directed by Robert Strangers