Arctic Monkeys, Twin Atlantic among AIM Awards winners

London Grammar, Ben Watt also net prizes at indie labels ceremony

Arctic Monkeys, Twin Atlantic and London Grammar were among the winners at The Association of Independent Music’s annual AIM Awards at London’s The Brewery tonight (September 2).

Although not in attendance, Arctic Monkeys won the Independent Album award for ‘AM’, while Twin Atlantic netted Independent Track for ‘Heart And Soul’ at the event, hosted by John Kennedy of XFM and Radio 1’s Alice Levene.

Twin Atlantic opened the ceremony, playing acoustic versions of ‘Oceans’, ‘Heart And Soul’ and ‘Brothers And Sisters’ from their Top 10 album ‘Great Divide’. After ‘Oceans’, singer Sam McTrusty announced: “We’re here to mark your transition from coffee to wine.”

London Grammar won Independent Breakthrough and PPL Most Played New Independent Act. The awards’ other double winner was Hyperdub, which won Best Small Label and the new Innovator Award for label boss Steve Goodman. Dance veteran Richie Hawtin was the Outstanding Contribution winner.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor won Best Live Act, while Daughter closed the event. Daughter singer Elena Tonra told NME before their performance: “We’ve got five hours of drinking time before we’re on stage, I hope I don’t end up slurring.”

Awards presenters included Gruff Rhys, who handed the Best Independent Festival prize to Barn On The Farm, and Mogwai‘s Stuart Braithwaite, who gave Best Difficult Second Album to Ben Watt for ‘Hendra’. Braithwaite admitted to NME he hadn’t heard Watt’s album, but added: “I’m going to rectify that as soon as I can, because everyone tells me it’s great.”

Arctic Monkeys’ record label Domino won Independent Label, with Beggars’ label founder Martin Mills receiving the Pioneer Award.

Full list of AIM Award winners:
Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic – ‘Heart And Soul’
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – ‘You Will See Me’
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt – ‘Hendra’
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various – ‘Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound’
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran, The Quietus
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman, Hyperdub
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham, AIM Chairman