Stormzy, Christine And The Queens, Slade among winners at AIM Awards

Damon Albarn presents XL boss Richard Russell with prize at indie music ceremony

Christine And The Queens, Stormzy and Slade were among the winners at the AIM Awards last night (September 6).

The ceremony at London’s The Brewery also saw awards for Daughter, Adele and Little Simz, while Damon Albarn was among the presenters.

Albarn presented XL Records boss Richard Russell with his Pioneer Award, after working with Russell on his solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ as well as Bobby Womack’s final album ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’.


Roisin Murphy was the night’s other lifetime achievement award recipient, presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize after recently releasing new album ‘Take Her Up To Monto’.

Presented by Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga and 1Xtra’s Twin B, Stormzy won the Innovator Award.

Veteran band Slade won the Catalogue Release prize for their box-set ‘When Slade Ruled The World’.

There were performances from Little Simz, who won Independent Album Of The Year, and Oscar, who won Best Video.

AIM Awards winners were:
Best Small Label: Numbers
Best Difficult Second Album: Daughter – ‘Not To Disappear’
Catalogue Release Of The Year: Slade ‘When Slade Ruled The World’
Hardest Working Artist: Darren Hayman
Best Independent Festival: Brainchild
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: Christine And The Queens
Independent Video Of The Year: Oscar – ‘Sometimes’
Indie Champion: Jon Tolley, Banquet Records
Best Live Act: Babymetal
Independent Track Of The Year: Adele – ‘Hello’
Most Played New Independent Act: Sigala
Innovator Award: Stormzy
Independent Album Of The Year: Little Simz – ‘A Curious Tale Of Trials And Persons’
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Roisin Murphy
Pioneer: Richard Russell, XL Records