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AIM 2019 NOMINEES

IDLES and Jade Bird lead the nominees for the U.K.'s Association of Independent Music Awards with four and three nods apiece. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in early September.

FKA TwigsChristine and the QueensLittle SimzDaveMaribou StateGeorgia and Fontaines D.C. are also in the running with two noms each. The Best Independent Label category will be a battle between Brownswood Recordings, Domino, Nuclear Blast, IDLES label Partisan Records and Rough Trade

AWAL and Rough Trade have the move artists on the list—three—with Gerry Cinnamon, Little Simz and Cosmo Sheldrake distributed by AWAL, and Black MidiJARV IS and Soak signed to Rough Trade. 

One to Watch is a new category for 2019 that champions fast-rising grassroots independent artists. It will be a battle between Arlo Parks (Beatnik Creative), Barney Artist (Salute The Sun), Georgia (Domino), KOKOROKO (Brownswood) and Larkins (Good Soldier Records). 

The Outstanding Contribution to Music award winner is Blondie’s  Debbie Harry in recognition of a career that has spanned five decades and 40m record sales. Her memoir, FACE IT,  lands in October). 

The nominees:

UK Independent Breakthrough (in association with YouTube Music)

Black Midi (Rough Trade)

Ezra Collective (Enter The Jungle)

Gerry Cinnamon (AWAL)

IDLES (Partisan)

Jade Bird (Glassnote)

 

International/Breakthrough 

Afro B (Marathon Artists)

Jade Bird (Glassnote)

Maribou State (Counter Records)

Nilüfer Yanya ([PIAS])

IDLES (Partisan)

 

Best Independent Track (in association with Facebook)Dave, “Funky Friday (ft. Fredo)” (NBR)

FKA Twigs, “Cellophane” (Young Turks)

Fontaines D.C., “Boys In The Better Land” (Partisan)

Georgia, “About Work The Dancefloor” (Domino)

JARV IS, “Must I Evolve” (Rough Trade)

Jai Paul, “Do You Love Her Now” (XL)

Holly Herndon, “Eternal” (4AD)

Little Simz, “Selfish (ft. Celo Sol)” (AWAL)

Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen” (Jagjaguwar)

Four Tet, “Teenage Birdsong” (Text Records)

 

Best Independent Album (in association with Spotify)

Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans)

Christine And The Queens, Chris (Because Music)

Dave, Psychodrama (NBR)

Fontaines D.C., Dogrel (Partisan)

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, End of Suffering (International Death Cult)

Jade Bird, Jade Bird (Glassnote)

Jordan Rakei, Origin (Ninja Tune)

Little Simz, GREY Area (AWAL)

Snapped Ankles, Stunning Luxury (Leaf Label)

Swindle, No More Normal (Brownswood)

 

Best [Difficult] Second Album

Erland Cooper, Sule Skerry (Phases)

IDLES, Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan)

Julia Jacklin, Crushing (Transgressive)

Maribou State, Kingdoms In Colour (Counter Records)

SOAK, Grim Town (Rough Trade)

 

One to Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing)

Arlo Parks (Beatnik Creative)

Barney Artist (Salute The Sun)

Georgia (Domino)

KOKOROKO (Brownswood)

Larkins (Good Soldier Records)

 

Best Small Label

Fuzz Club Records

Killing Moon

Local Action

Scruff of the Neck

Speedy Wunderground

 

Best Creative Packaging (in association with MCPS)

Various Artists, Confessin’ The Blues compilation 

Murlo, Dolos

IDLES, Joy as an Act of Resistance

Various Artists, Sick Music 2019 compilation 

Keith Richards, Talk Is Cheap

 

Best Independent Video (in association with Vevo)

Christine and the Queens, “5 Dollars” (Because Music)

Hot Chip, “Hungry Child” (Domino)

John Grant, “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips” (Bella Union)

Caleb Steph, “Black Boy” (Dirty Hit)

FKA Twigs, “Cellophane” (Young Turks)

 

Best Independent Label (in association with [PIAS])

Brownswood Recordings 

Domino 

Nuclear Blast 

Partisan Records 

Rough Trade

 

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist 

AJ Tracey (self-released)

Cosmo Sheldrake (AWAL)

Freya Ridings (Good Soldier)

Guru Randhawa (Super Cassettes Industries)

Jorja Smith (Platoon)

 

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