The AIM Independent Music Awards returned on 25th August 2021 as a global livestream, marking the twenty-second year of the Association of Independent Music (AIM). The ceremony championed industry-leading creativity, innovation, and performances shown by independent artists, labels and outstanding individuals.
About the AIM Awards 2021
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks lead the AIM Independent Music Awards nominations with four nods while Yorkshire synthpop band Working Men’s Club were shortlisted for three awards. The virtual ceremony took place as a global livestream with hosts 1Xtra & 6Music’s Jamz Supernova and Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Tiffany Calver joining forces to host the most anticipated night in independent music.
After scooping the prestigious Innovator award last year, AJ Tracey returned to the shortlist with nominations for Best [Difficult] Second Album (in association with BBC Radio 6 Music) and Best Creative Packaging for second album ‘Flu Game’, while rappers Che Lingo, Lava La Rue and Tkay Maidza also received two nominations each. Fiercely unique rapper ENNY also received nods in both the One To Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing) and Best Independent Track (in association with Facebook) categories, with the latter recognising the sublime ‘Peng Black Girls’ (feat. Amia Brave). On her nominations, the fast-rising rapper says: “Such an honour to be nominated for one award let alone two, it’s exciting to see your art getting recognition especially so early on!'”
Flying the flag for the dance community, electronic bloggers turned producer duo Bicep received two nominations along with multi-talented producer Floating Points. They were joined by some impressive talent in the post-punk scene as Fontaines D.C. received some well-deserved recognition in the International Breakthrough (in association with Deezer) and Best [Difficult] Second Album (in association with BBC Radio 6 Music) categories for Brit and Grammy nominated ‘A Hero's Death.’