Wet Leg and Nova Twins are among the crowned winners at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2022.
The two bands walked away with UK Independent Breakthrough and Best Independent Track respectively.
Elsewhere, other winners in other categories include Mitsky, Jessie, Blaxst, Tahliah, Cleo Sol, Nilufer Yania, Champion, Nia Archives, Corey Johnson and Raf.
The likes of Stormzy, Rina Sawayama, Lethal Bizzle and The Libertines were also recognized, with the Big For Your Boots rapper named the Diversity Champion winner.
He was crowned with this honor for leveling the playing field in the music industry and using his platform to inspire society at large through his charities #Merky Foundation and #Merky Books.
In her acceptance speech, she said: ‘I encourage everyone in the room today to not just use diversity as a buzzword, to really make it a driving factor in whatever role you play, not as a quota or a box. Tick but really look at the price.’
The AIM Independent Music Awards celebrate artists and labels at the forefront of success in the independent sector.
After quickly rising up the ranks of the indie rock scene thanks to their killer choruses and label direction, Wet Leg (who are signed to the Domino recording company) became UK independent breakthrough winners by linking up with YouTube Music.
Meanwhile Nova Twins (signed to Marshall Records) produced the best independent track in association with Meta to rival this year after a similar upward trajectory.
On the LP front, Cleo Sol (signed to Forever Living Originals) shared Best Independent Album with Spotify for Glorious Mother, and Nilufar Yania (signed to ATO Records) reigned Best Album. [Difficult] Second album in association with BBC 6 Music Category.
Via video link, Nilufar Yania shared: ‘Just wanted to say thank you so much for the award. Really means a lot, especially coming from AIM.’
This year the awards introduced two new categories, Best Independent EP/Mixtape and Music Entrepreneur of the Year, with Scottish producers Tahliar Angelica and Corey Johnson (signed as CEO and founder of Defenders Ant) winning respectively.
The latter is also recognized for his work in establishing Digital Holdings Studios to create a secure space in the UK rap scene.
With previous recipients including Arlo Parks and ENNY, Nia Archives has been marked for similar stratospheric success by winning this year’s One to Watch in collaboration with BBC Introducing, while American rapper and songwriter Blxst (Red Bull Records) thanks his recent new Kendrick Lamar’s first album and features on the album.
With more than 29,000 votes from fans across categories, Mitsky (signed to Dead Ocean) won Best Live Performer for his esteemed show and British DJ DoD (signed to Axtone Records) claimed the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist.
After celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Local Action Best boutique label wins for their trailblazing and uplifting community ethos in dance music.
Full list of AIM Independent Music Awards 2022 winners:
Diversity Champion – Stormzy
Best Independent Album in association with Spotify – Cleo Sol, Ma (Forever Living Originals)
Best Independent Track in Association with Meta – Nova Twins, Adversary (Marshall Records)
UK independent breakthrough associated with YouTube music-wet Leg (Domino Recording Company).
International success in collaboration with Deezer – Blxst (Red Bull Records).
Best Live Performer – Mitsky (Dead Ocean)
the best [Difficult] Second album in collaboration with BBC 6 Music – Nilufar Yania, Painless (ATO Records)
Amazon Music – Innovator Award in association with Rina Sawayama
Marlin – Outstanding Contribution to Music in association with Lethal Bizzle
Special Recognition – The Libertines (Roof Trade)
Best Independent EP/Mixtape – Tahlia, Angelica
Best Independent Remix – Ebay, Lavender & Red Roses ft Jorja Smith Champion Remix (XL Recordings)
Introducing One to Watch BBC – Nia Archives (HIJINXX)
Best Independent Video in association with VEVO – Jeshi, 3210 (Cause Music)
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist – DOD (Axtone Records)
Best Creative Campaign in Collaboration with Able – Melly Todd, Malu Campaign from Stones Throw Records
Best Independent Label – Rough Trade Records
Best Boutique Labels – Local Action
Independent Champions in association with MCPS – Kenny Gates and Michelle Lambot [PIAS]
Music Entrepreneur of the Year – Corey Johnson, CEO and founder of Defenders Ant.
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