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Jorja Smith, IDLES and Phoebe Bridgers, and more among winners of AIM Awards 2018

04 September 2018, 23:10 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Jorja Smith, IDLES, Phoebe Bridgers, and more among winners of the 2018 AIM Awards.

The AIM Awards 2018 presented a diverse list of artists that have all contributed towards their own musical career, as well as the community.

On the red carpet, Andy Bell of Erasure spoke about their nomination, "it was really a surprise for us as we've been independent the whole time, and this is the first time i've been to one [AIM Awards]. It's interesting to see who's [nominated]. I think it's very important to have something separate from the main industry because we do get swamped." Erasure later picked up an award for Best Live Act.

Independent Album of the Year award went to Nadine Shah for Holiday Destination, while Let's Eat Grandma picked up the Best Sophomore Release award with their latest offering I'm All Ears. SOPHIE accepted the award on their behalf, and went onto receive the Innovator Award.

Peggy Gou picked up an award for Independent Track of the Year with "It Makes You Forget", as well as British soulful staple Jorja Smith receiving the award for UK Breakthrough of the Year.

Furthermore, Phoebe Bridgers picked up International Breakthrough of the Year with a video message while she was in the studio thanking the audience and voters for their contributions.

Other winners include IDLES, who regrettably couldn't be at the ceremony due to traffic, who picked up an award for Hardest Working Group or Artist.

Tracey Thorn was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, while Goldie picked up the Pioneer award.

The PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act went to rapper Dave, while Novo Amor picked up the Independent Video of the Year award with his visuals for "Birthplace".

The Best Small Label award went to Black Acre Records who handle Connie Constance, Romare and more.

Nadine Shah performed during the awards ceremony, which fellow nominee Ghostpoet was excited about.

At the afterparty, attendees were treated to performances frrom Boy Azooga and nominees Goat Gir, DJ sets from award winners Goldie and Peggy Gou, and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova.

The AIM Awards 2018 are over for yet another year. Find more info on the awards ceremony.

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