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05.09.2018, Words by dummymag

SOPHIE, Jorja Smith and Peggy Gou scooped prizes at the 2018 AIM Awards

Last night was the eighth annual AIM Independent Music Awards, an event that honours artists outside of the major label system.

Jorja Smith took home the UK Breakthrough of the Year prize, while Peggy Gou received Independent Track of the Year with her heavily rotated Ninja Tune effort ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’.

SOPHIE took the coveted Innovator Award (serving up a serious look on the night), while UK rap was represented by Dave, who scooped the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist.

6 Music’s Tracey Thorn was given Outstanding Contribution to Music, with Goldie being honoured as Pioneer.

Label gongs were handed out to two electronic imprints – Ninja Tune, for Independent Label of the Year, with Best Small Label being awarded to Black Acre.

The full list of winners:

Independent Album of the Year – in association with Ingrooves

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (1965 Records/[PIAS])

Independent Track of the Year – in association with Spotify

Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Ninja Tune)

Best Sophomore Release – in association with Radio X

Let's Eat Grandma – I'm All Ears (Transgressive)

UK Breakthrough of the Year – in association with YouTube

Jorja Smith (FAMM)

International Breakthrough of the Year – in association with Deezer

Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)

Best Live Act – in association with Songkick

Erasure (Mute Records)

Hardest Working Group or Artist

Idles (Partisan Records)

Outstanding Contribution to Music (in association with Merlin)

Tracey Thorn

Pioneer Award


Innovator Award (in association with Fuga)


Best Creative Packaging – in association with MCPS

Black Sabbath – The Ten Year War (BMG)

Independent Label of the Year – in association with Believe

Ninja Tune

Best Small Label – in association with Awesome Merchandise

Black Acre Records

Indie Champion Award – in association with [PIAS]

Femi Adeyemi – Founder of NTS Radio

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act

Dave (Dave)

Independent Video of the Year – in association with Vevo

Novo Amor – Birthplace (AllPoints) / Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy

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