Alongside recognition for Jorja Smith, Let’s Eat Grandma and Phoebe Bridgers
Jessie Atkinson
13:06 8th August 2018

Jäger cocktails packed with ice gave little relief from the sweltering heat, but to hear the diverse, exciting list of nominees for this years AIM Awards made the muggy slog to the House of Vans worth it.

Press and labels gathered on Tuesday night to hear this year’s nominees for the AIM Independent Music Awards, which will take place on 4 September at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, when we will discover just how many awards IDLES manage to clean up on.

The compassionate punks were nominated for four awards, including Best Live Act, which could also be won by 90s pop chart botherers Steps, we kid you not. Jorja Smith received three nominations, as did Let’s Eat Grandma and Phoebe Bridgers. 

Awards will also be given for Independent Label of the Year and Best Small Label.

The Indie Champion Award will be presented to Femi Adeyemi, who founded the trailblazing NTS Radio back in 2011. 

See all of the nominees below and let us know who you think should win over on our Twitter


Independent Album of the Year - in association with Ingrooves

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest (Because Music)

Jorja Smith - Lost & Found (FAMM)

Kamaal Williams - The Return (Warp Records)

Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth (XL Recordings)

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

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

Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)

Shame - Songs Of Praise (Dead Oceans)


Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

Independent Track of the Year - in association with Spotify

Bicep - Glue (Ninja Tune)

Christine and the Queens - Girlfriend (Because Music)

Dave - Question Time (Dave)

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

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Deadly Valentine (Because Music)

Ghostpoet - Immigrant Boogie (Play It Again Sam)

Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me (Transgressive)

Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness (Dead Oceans)

Shame - One Rizla (Dead Oceans)

Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses (Dirty Hit)

Best Sophomore Release - in association with Radio X

Fever Ray - Plunge (Rabid Records)

Gwenno - Le Kov (Heavenly Recordings)

King Krule - The OOZ (XL Recordings)

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

Nines - Crop Circle (XL Recordings)

UK Breakthrough of the Year - in association with YouTube

AJ Tracey (self-released)

Goat Girl (Rough Trade Records)

IDLES (Partisan Records)

Jorja Smith (FAMM)

SOPHIE (Transgressive)

International Breakthrough of the Year - in association with Deezer

Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan Records)

Confidence Man (Heavenly Recordings)

Moses Sumney (Jagjaguar)

Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)

Zeal & Ardor MVKA)

Best Live Act - in association with Songkick

Cassia (Distiller Records)

DMA’s (Infectious Music)

Erasure (Mute Records)

IDLES (Partisan Records)

Steps (Absolute Label Services)

Hardest Working Group or Artist

DAWN (Dawn Richard) (Our Dawn Entertainment)

IDLES (Partisan Records)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Heavenly Recordings)

Mogwai (Rock Action Records)

Tom Misch (Beyond The Groove)

Best Creative Packaging - in association with MCPS

Black Sabbath - The Ten Year War (BMG)

Fela Kuti - Box Set #4 Curated By Erykah Badu (Partisan Records)

Hüskur Dü - Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)

Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (Warp Records)

Wishbone Ash - The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (Snapper Music)

Independent Label of the Year - in association with Believe 

Brownswood Recordings

Ninja Tune


Dirty Hit

Deads Oceans

Best Small Label - in association with Awesome Merchandise

Black Acre Records

Rocket Recordings

Rock Action Records

On the Corner Records


Indie Champion Award - in association with [PIAS]

Femi Adeyemi - Founder of NTS Radio

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act

Camelphat & Elderbook (Defected) 

Dave (Dave)

Hardy Caprio (A2!)

Jorja Smith (FAMM)

Yxng Bane (Disturbing London)

Independent Video of the Year - in association with Vevo

IDLES - Colossus (Partisan Records) / Directed by Will Hooper

Leon Vynehall - Movements (Chapter III) (Ninja Tune) / Directed by Young Replicant

Moses Sumney - Doomed (Jagjaguar) / Directed by Allie Avital

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

Superorganism - Everybody Want to Be Famous (Domino Records) / Directed by Robert Strangers

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