AIM awards

AIM Awards 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for 2018’s AIM Independent Music Awards have been revealed. Among the names were Idles, Goat Girl, Let's Eat Grandma, Jorja Smith and more!

  • By Alex Rusted
  • 8 Aug 2018
  • min read
The shortlist for 2018’s Association of Independent Musicians (AIM) Independent Music Awards have been revealed.

Idles, Jorja Smith and Let’s Eat Grandma are among the names nominated across the award’s 16 categories, which were announced at a launch event in London last night.

Punk quintet and former M-Mag cover stars Idles lead the pack with four nominations. Jorja Smith and Let’s Eat Grandma both bagged three nominations each.

Last month, the public were asked to vote for their favourite live act of the year to decide the nominees for the award’s Best Live Act category.

The shortlisted acts that won the public vote were Cassia, DMA’s, Erasure, Idles and Steps.

Among the artists nominated in the Independent Album of the Year category were Jorja Smith for Lost & Found, Young Fathers for Cocoa Sugar and Shame for Songs of Praise.

Goat Girl, AJ Tracey and SOPHIE were all nominated for the UK Breakthrough of the Year award, joined by Jorja Smith and Idles.

AIM also announced that Young Urban Arts Foundation (YUAF) will be the charity sponsor of this year’s awards.

Kerry O'Brien, CEO/founder of YUAF said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be this year's charity partner for the AIM Awards. The Young Urban Arts Foundation's ethos heavily focuses on improving mental health and empowering young people to become independent, especially those wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries - so it is a perfect fit for us to raise awareness of our charity and Skip To The Beat programme.

We're honoured to have this opportunity and looking forward to the night, to generate as much funding possible for our Skip To The Beat programme and help young people go places’.

The full list of nominees for the AIM Awards 2018 is as follows...

Independent Album of the Year - in association with Ingrooves

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest (Because Music)
Jorja Smith - Lost & Found (FAMM)
Kamaal Williams - The Return (Warp Records)
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth (XL Recordings)
Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears (Transgressive)
Nadine Shah - Holiday Destination (1965 Records/[PIAS])
Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans)
Shame - Songs Of Praise (Dead Oceans)
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

Independent Track of the Year - in association with Spotify

Bicep - Glue (Ninja Tune)
Christine and the Queens - Girlfriend (Because Music)
Dave - Question Time (Dave)
Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Ninja Tune)
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Deadly Valentine (Because Music)
Ghostpoet - Immigrant Boogie (Play It Again Sam)
Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me (Transgressive)
Phoebe Bridgers - Motion Sickness (Dead Oceans)
Shame - One Rizla (Dead Oceans)
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses (Dirty Hit)

Best Sophomore Release - in association with Radio X

Fever Ray - Plunge (Rabid Records)
Gwenno - Le Kov (Heavenly Recordings)
King Krule - The OOZ (XL Recordings)
Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears (Transgressive)
Nines - Crop Circle (XL Recordings)

UK Breakthrough of the Year - in association with YouTube

AJ Tracey (self-released)
Goat Girl (Rough Trade Records)
Idles (Partisan Records)
Jorja Smith (FAMM)
SOPHIE (Transgressive)

International Breakthrough of the Year - in association with Deezer

Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan Records)
Confidence Man (Heavenly Recordings)
Moses Sumney (Jagjaguar)
Phoebe Bridgers (Dead Oceans)
Zeal & Ardor (MVKA)

Best Live Act - in association with Songkick

Cassia (Distiller Records)
DMA’s (Infectious Music)
Erasure (Mute Records)
Idles (Partisan Records)
Steps (Absolute Label Services)

Hardest Working Group or Artist

DAWN (Dawn Richard) (Our Dawn Entertainment)
Idles (Partisan Records)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Heavenly Recordings)
Mogwai (Rock Action Records)
Tom Misch (Beyond The Groove)

Best Creative Packaging - in association with MCPS

Black Sabbath - The Ten Year War (BMG)
Fela Kuti - Box Set #4 Curated By Erykah Badu (Partisan Records)
Hüskur Dü - Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (Warp Records)
Wishbone Ash - The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (Snapper Music)

Independent Label of the Year - in association with Believe

Brownswood Recordings
Ninja Tune
Dirty Hit
Dead Oceans

Best Small Label - in association with Awesome Merchandise

Black Acre Records
Rocket Recordings
Rock Action Records
On the Corner Records

Indie Champion Award - in association with PIAS

Femi Adeyemi - Founder of NTS Radio

PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act

Camelphat & Elderbook (Defected)
Dave (Dave)
Hardy Caprio (A2!)
Jorja Smith (FAMM)
Yxng Bane (Disturbing London)

Independent Video of the Year - in association with Vevo

Idles - Colossus (Partisan Records) / Directed by Will Hooper
Leon Vynehall - Movements (Chapter III) (Ninja Tune) / Directed by Young Replicant
Moses Sumney - Doomed (Jagjaguar) / Directed by Allie Avital
Novo Amor - Birthplace (Allpoints) / Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy
Superorganism - Everybody Want to Be Famous (Domino Records) / Directed by Robert Strangers