The AIM announces the first wave of nominees for its much anticipated AIM Awards 2022 or AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2022
The annual independent music awards returns on Wednesday 28th September. The AIM Awards showcase and celebrate the incredible array of music talent in the industry. This year’s ceremony will be returning to the iconic Roundhouse in Camden. A live show open to public shortly follows. For each award, below is the list of nominees.
The UK Independent Breakthrough award in association with YouTube Music will recompense successful 2021 musicians. Nominees, as suspected, are Children of Zeus (Rough Trade Records), Warmduscher (Bella Union), Knucks (No Days Off), Nova Twins (Marshall Records) and Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company).
The International Breakthrough in association with Deezer will be between Australian Rockers Amyl & the Sniffers (Rough Trade Records), American rapper Blxst (Red Bull Records), Jazz and Afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings), Tuareg musician and songwriter Mdou Moctar (Matador Records) and American-Japanese singer Mitski (Dead Oceans).
You Could Be (Anz ft. George Riley on Ninja Tune), ‘Starlight‘ (Dave on Neighbourhood Recordings), ‘Tears In The Club‘ (FKA twigs ft. the weeknd, on Young Recordings), Protein (Jeshi feat. Obongjayar, on Because Music), Nice & Good (Knucks, SL), Antagonist (Nova Twins), So U Kno (Overmono on XL Recordings), Chaise Longue (Wet Leg), Broken Homes (Wu-Lu on Warp Records) and Jackie (Yves Tumor on Warp Records) are all shortlisted for the Best Independent Track in association with Meta.
The Best Independent EP/Mixtape is the brand new category on the block. So far, the shortlist includes: FKA Twigs – ‘CAPRISONGS’ (Young Recordings), Joy Orbison – ‘still slipping vol.1’ (XL Recordings), Surya Sen – ‘At What Cost?’ (Skint Records), TAAHLIAH – ‘Angelica’ (untitled (recs)) and Wesley Joseph – ‘ULTRAMARINE’ (EEVILTWINN).
Best Independent Album in association with Spotify will see one of the following release win the award: Gbagada Express (Boj on Moves Recordings), Balance (Children Of Zeus), Mother (Cleo Sol on Forever Living Originals), We’re All Alone In This Together (Dave), Knopperz (Dave Okumu on Neighbourhood Recordings), Yellow (Emma-Jean Thackray on Movementt), When Smoke Rises (Mustafa on Young), Painless (Nilüfer Yanya on ATO Records), NINE (SAULT on Forever Living Originals) and Unlearning (Walt Disco on Lucky Number).
Sophomore releases ‘Ants From Up There’ (Black Country, New Road on Ninja Tune), ‘Painful Enlightenment’ (Jana Rush on Planet Mu Records), ‘Painless’ (Nilüfer Yanya), ‘Tread’ (Ross From Friends on Brainfeeder) and ‘Colourgrade‘ (Tirzah on Domino Recording Company) all battle for the Best [Difficult] Second Album award in association with BBC 6 Music.
The Best Independent Remix are: no caroline remix (ATO, FLOHIO on MCMXCV), Polite (Mura Masa Remix – Erike de Casier on 4AD), Lavender & Red Roses (Champion Remix – Ibeyi ft. Jorja Smith, on XL Recordings), Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Man on Fire Remix – MF DOOM on Lex Records), and BDE (Kaydy Cain Remix – Shygirl on Because Music).
One To Watch in association with BBC Introducing highlights rising stars Barry Can’t Swim (Technicolour / Ninja Tune), Jeshi (Because Music), Léa Sen (Partisan Records), Nia Archives (HIJINXX) and TAAHLIAH.
As usual, the Best Live Performer award is open to the public, this time until Thu Aug 18 2pm. Fans are invited to vote for the ‘Best Live Performer’ right here, right now!