Monkeys Take Trophy


Arctic Monkeys won the Independent Album award at the AIM Independent Music Awards last night.

The awards took place at The Brewery venue in London on September 2nd. XFM’s John Kennedy and Radio 1′s Alice Levine hosted the event.

The nominees for the fourth annual Association of Independent Music Awards, featured the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Gruff Rhys, Small Faces and London Grammar.

The awards weren’t just for musical acts, they covered multiple areas of the music industry, from record labels, festivals and music publications. The judging panel was a mix of music journalists and radio DJs.

Previous winners include, Frank Turner: Hardest Working Band or Artist, 13th Floor Elevators Music from the Spheres: Catalogue Release of the Year and Vampire Weekend’s Diane YoungIndependent Track of the Year.

Arctic Monkeys were listed in two categories, the Independent Album of The Year, for AM and Independent Track of The Year, for the band’s song Do I Wanna Know?.

The Sheffield band walked away with the Independent album award, for their 2003 LP AM. However, they lost out on the Independent Track award to Twin Atlantic’s track Heart And Soul.

The evening’s celebrations didn’t end there for the Arctic Monkeys, their record label Domino won Independent Label award.

London Grammar won Independent Breakthrough and PPL Most Played New Independent Act. The awards’ other double winner was Hyperdub, which won Best Small Label and the new Innovator Award for label boss Steve Goodman. Dance veteran Richie Hawtin was the Outstanding Contribution winner.

Full list of AIM Award winners:

Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic – ‘Heart And Soul’
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – ‘You Will See Me’
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt – ‘Hendra’
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various – ‘Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound’
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran, The Quietus
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman, Hyperdub
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham, AIM Chairman