“The AIM Awards” are getting nearer! Last month, it was announced that punk legend Billy Bragg would be receiving the esteemed “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award. Now, AIM has announced the nominees for the other awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony that will be held on the 3rd of September at The Brewery in East London.
The nominees were announced at an event hosted by XFM’s John Kennedy the Gibson Guitar Studio in London last week. The decision was made after compiling the public votes of over 10,000 participants, as well as the deliberation of a judging panel, which includes experts from across the music industry. Some of the big names that are in with a chance of winning include Nick Cave, who has been nominated to be in with a chance of winning the “Independent Album of the Year” award, for his album with The Bad Seeds, “Push The Sky Away”. Macklemore has also been nominated for the “PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act”, which is most likely to be off the back of his infectious/annoying runaway hit, “Thrift Shop”. In terms of British acts, Enter Shikari seem to show the most promise, being nominated in both the “Best Live Act” and “Hardest Working Band or Artist” categories.
Perhaps one of the most watched categories will be the “Golden Welly” award, which will be awarded to the best independent festival of the year, as voted for by users of thisisfakediy.co.uk. Some of the festivals in the running for the award this year include the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Leefest. Another big award is the “Independent Label of the Year” award, which sees The Prodigy’s co-conspirators Cooking Vinyl go head to head with other incredible indie names such as Matador and PIAS Recordings.
2 winners have already been confirmed to win at the award ceremony. The first is the aforementioned Billy Bragg, who is being awarded the “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award for his fiercely independent 30 year career. When asked about receiving the award Bragg claimed "I was inspired by punk rock, not just by the music but by the DIY ethos that drove the scene. Over the years I've held onto that spirit by working with labels whose commitment to independence has offered me greater control of my output. Therefore, to be recognised by AIM as an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to music is a great honour”. Geoff Travis has also been announced to win the “Pioneer Award”, for creating “Rough Trade Records” and the “Rough Trade” record shops, which were integral to the post-punk movement in the UK. Being given an AIM award puts you in the same category as previous winner such as Adele, The Prodigy and Bjork, so the nominees will certainly be watching anxiously to find out the results.
“The AIM Awards” are getting nearer! Last month, it was announced that punk legend Billy Bragg would be receiving the esteemed “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award...