Skepta to receive Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at AIM Awards 2015

The London MC is recognised by the music industry for his huge contribution to the grime scene

Grime artist Skepta will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2015.

The rapper, producer, DJ and founder of the Boy Better Know collective will collect his prize at the AIM Independent music awards ceremony, which takes place in London on September 8.

The award aims to recognise an independent artist who continues to shape their sound and inspire new talent. Following in the footsteps of last year’s recipient, techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, Tottenham MC Skepta has been praised by AIM’s governing body for his relentless contribution to the independent music scene.

AIM Awards judge and BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra presenter MistaJam commented:

“Since grime was born out of the ashes of UK garage, Skepta has been a pioneer of the sound, of the DIY business model and the culture. DJ, producer, writer, MC, record label boss and performer – there’s no denying Skepta has put in the blood, sweat and tears for the last 10 whole years and now, as he stands on the cusp of true international acclaim, it feels right to award Skepta for his immense contribution so far to British music.”

The AIM Awards are voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the media and music industry. This year, Ninja Tune will collect the Innovator Award, Earache Records founder Digby Pearson will receive the Pioneer Award, and a selection of artists including FKA Twigs, Alt-J and Courtney Barnett will battle it out for a series of awards announced on the night.

Last month (July 3), Drake brought out Skepta to perform his single ‘Shutdown’ during a hit-laden headline set at Wireless Festival.

Drake wore a Boy Better Know T-Shirt throughout the gig and brought out the crew’s biggest name member to perform his single ‘Shutdown’. “Man’s never been in Finsbury when it’s shutdown,” said Drake as the song began, aping the beginning of the recorded version. Watch footage from the performance here.