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RAYE and Shygirl lead nominations for AIM Awards 2023

19 July 2023, 15:15 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The AIM Independent Music Awards have revealed its first set of 2023 nominees, celebrating the vibrant and innovative breadth of talent across the UK’s independent sector.

Shygirl is nominated for UK Independent Breakthrough, Best Independent Track (Meta) for "Shlut", and Best Independent Album for Nymph. She will going up against RAYE in two categories for My 21st Century Blues, which hit number two on the UK album's chart, and RAYE's 007Shake collaborative track "Escapism", which is also nominated for Best Independent Video (Vevo).

As the highly-coveted Best Independent Album category makes its return, the nominees list includes 2020’s Pioneer Award winner Little Simz who first received an AIM Award accolade back in 2016.

Subsequently winning a BRIT and the Mercury Music Prize in 2022, she’ll be hotly-tipped as her album No Thank You joins previous AIM Awards winners Nova Twins and Rina Sawayama, with Supernova and Hold The Girl respectively. They're joined by Kelela, Oliver Sim, Wu-Lu, Avelino, RAYE, and Shygirl.

This year’s One To Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing) features Jessica Winter, Juice Menace, FLOWEROVLOVE, Laughta and Master Peace. Previous winners of this category include Arlo Parks, who has since scooped trophies at the BRITs and Mercurys, and Georgia, who subsequently received nominations from the Mercurys and NME Awards.

This year, the Best Live Performer decision will once again be put in the hands of music fans across the world, who can cast their vote for their favourite.

Returning to the Roundhouse as the most anticipated night in the independent music calendar, the AIM Independent Music Awards recognise the achievements of independent labels, artists and entrepreneurs that make up the UK’s diverse and thriving independent music sector.

The AIM Awards ceremony will take place on 26 September at the Roundhouse, London. Visit for the full list of 2023 nominees and how to vote for your favourite live performer.

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