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Who Won What at the U.K.'s AIM Awards
The U.K.’s independent music industry was out in force for last night's the Association of Independent Music Awards, honoring the best of indie label's output over the past 12 months and more.

Oasis founder Noel Gallagher was the star guest of the evening. He presented XL act Jungle with the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act. The band thanked their manager, Sam Denniston, as well as XL, which they dubbed an “incredible label.”

Best Small Label went to Erased Tape Records, who recently had acts perform at BBC Proms at the 5k+ capacity Royal Albert Hall, including A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Nils Frahm.

Mute RecordsDaniel Miller presented the award for Hardest Working Band to Swans. Miller used the speech to hail the indie community and offer a reminder of what the Association of Independent Music means.

Best Independent Festival went to Brainchild Festival, while Dirty Hit band Wolf Alice took home the Independent Breakthrough of the Year accolade.

BBC 6 Music presenter Marc Riley, who has “the best job in the world,” was the Indie Champion, and Warp producer Flying Lotus won Vevo’s Independent Video of the Year.

HopelessAll Time Low were named Best Live Act. Later, Young TurksFKA Twigs paid tribute to her manager, Mikey Stirton, while collecting the gong for Independent Track of the Year for "Two Weeks." She made sure to pause and point out the difference between the ‘entertainment industry’ and the ‘music industry’: vision. 

The Innovator Award winners were Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan Moore of Ninja Tune, who paid tribute to the wealth of ‘innovators’ in the room.

PIAS band Enter Shikari took home the Independent Album of the Year for The Mindsweep, and said it’s “such an honor to write and release an album, let alone have it acknowledged in this way.” Their manager, Ian Johnson, and label were among those honoured in the acceptance speech. 

Transgressive was the indie label of the year; they credited Seymour Stein for being “one of the first that believed in us.”

The award for Outstanding Contribution to Music went to Skepta, the 'king of
 grime.' Big Dada's Young Fathers snagged Best Difficult Second Album for White Men Are Black Men Too. Special Catalogue Release of the Year went to the Numero Group's Cities of Darkscorch boardgame.

The biggest moment of the night, however, was claimed by Earache founder Digby Pearson (pictured), who was honored with year’s Pioneer Award. Known for “consistency and brilliance” by his peers, as well as saying, "fuck yes, when the mainstream said no," and transforming Napalm Death from a "laughingstock" to the best-selling metal band they are today, Pearson hailed his team at Earache (of which there are only 10 members worldwide).
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