Björk, Raye and more honoured at AIM Awards 2023

Björk, Raye and more honoured at AIM Awards 2023

AIM have announced the winners of this year’s Independent Awards, following an evening ceremony featuring live performances from Laughta, P Money & Whiney and Cassia. 

Avelino was honoured with Best Independent Album In Association With Spotify for his British rap debut album God Save The Streets, whilst Raye and 070 Shake won Best Independent Track for their No.1 hit Escapism. Shygirl took home the award for UK independent Breakthrough following her widely praised debut Nymph and a stream of sold-out shows. 

In her first personal appearance at an awards show since the 2012 Webbys, Björk collected AIM’s publicly-voted award for Best Live Performer. 

Best Creative Campaign, in association with Able, was won by Partisan Records for Ezra Collective's much-acclaimed Where I'm Meant to Be campaign, with the newly-crowned Mercury Prize-winners collecting the trophy in person.

Laughta, following her performance, won One To Watch In Association With BBC Music Introducing, the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist was awarded to Domino Records’ stars Wet Leg, and rapper and songwriter Enny won Best Independent EP/Mixtape supported by BBC 1Xtra for We Go Again (FAMM).

Nu:Tone’s remix of Glaxy’s Butterfly Effect (Ft Hugh Hardie & Visionobi) (Hospital Records) won Best Independent Remix, whilst Wesley Joseph received Best Independent Video In Association With Vevo. 

Hospital Records took home this year’s Best Independent Label, Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey won Innovator Award in association with Amazon Music and Rough Bones won Best Boutique Label. 

Music Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Caius Pawson, founder of Young, Brighton-based record store Resident Music collected the prize for Independent Champion In Association With Downtown, and Erol Alkan won Outstanding Contribution to Music In Association With Merlin on behalf of Soulwax. 

“The Aim Awards are always about more than celebrating the nominees, winners and attendees in the room,” said AIM CEO Silvia Montello. “They celebrate everyone across our varied and diverse rights-holder community throughout the regions and nations. From the founders and long-established labels who’ve defined our sector right through to those forming the future independents. From the entrepreneurs driving new creative businesses to the artists carving out their independent journey. AIM celebrates the legends, visionaries, innovators and all the creative talent who continue to keep our UK's vibrant independent music community the envy of the world.”

Here is a list of the AIM Awards nominees and winners in full: 

Best Independent Album in association with Spotify

Avelino - God Save The Streets (More Music Records/ OddChild Music) – Winner 

Kelela - Raven (Warp Records)

Little Simz - No Thank You (Forever Living Originals)

Nova Twins - Supernova (Marshall Records)

Obongjayar - Some Nights I Dream of Doors (September Recordings)

Oliver Sim - Hideous Bastard (Young)

Raye - My 21st Century Blues (Human Re Sources)

Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl (Dirty Hit)

Shygirl - Nymph (Because Music)

Wu-Lu - Loggerhead (Warp Records) 


Best Independent Track in association with Meta

Connie Constance - Hurt You (Play It Again Sam)

Enny - Charge It (FAMM)

Four Tet - Three Drums (Text Records)

Makaya McCraven - ‘Dream Another’ (XL Recordings)

Overmono - Good Lies (XL Recordings)

Raye, 070 Shake - Escapism (Human Re Sources) – Winner 

Shygirl - Shlut (Because Music) 

Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul (Stones Throw Records)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Spitting Off The Edge of The World Ft Perfume Genius (Secretly Canadian)

Yves Tumor - Echolalia (Warp Records)


UK Independent Breakthrough

Ezra Collective (Partisan Records)

I.Jordan (Ninja Tune)

Overmono (XL Recordings)

Shygirl (Because Music) - Winner

Suki Waterhouse (Sub Pop)


Best Live Performer

Björk: (One Little Independent) – Winner


PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist

AntsLive (Payday Records, Trademark Records)

John Summit (Off The Grid Records)

Surya Sen (Skint Records)

Vibe Chemistry (DnB Allstars Records)

Wet Leg (Domino Records) – Winner


Best Independent EP/ Mixtape in association with BBC 1Xtra

Bellah - Adultsville (Base ‘N’ Rebulz X Marathon Music Group)

Enny - We Go Again (FAMM) – Winner

Jessica Winter - Limerance (Lucky Number)

Saint Joshua - EP2 (Ditto Music)

Yunè Pinku - Babylon IX (PLATOON)


One To Watch In Association With BBC Music Introducing

Jessica Winter (Lucky Number)

Juice Menace (Supernature)

Flowerovlove (Fae Grp)

Laughta (MdlBeast) – Winner 

Master Peace (PMR)


Best Creative Campaign In Association With Able

Because Music (Shygirl - Nymph)

Dirty Hit (Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl)

Human Re Sources (Raye - My 21st Century Blues)

Ninja Tune (Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy)

Partisan Records (Ezra Collective - Where I’m Meant To Be) – Winner

XL Recordings (Yaeji - With A Hammer)


Best Independent Remix 

Sega Bodega Remix (One Little Independent) - Björk - Ovuke (feat. Shygirl)

Soulwax Remix (Deewee / Because Music) - Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Cliche

Nu:Tone Remix (Hospital Records) - GLXY - Butterfly Effect (feat. Hugh Hardie & Visionobi) – Winner 

Jamie XX Remix (Young) - Oliver Sim - GMT

Boys Noize (Secretly Canadian) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Wolf


Best Independent Video In Association With Vevo

Ezra Collective - No Confusion Ft Kojey Radical (Partisan Records)

Kelela - Enough For Love (Warp Records)

Obongjayar - I Wish It Was Me (Live) (September Recordings)

Raye, 070 Shake - Escapism (Human Re Sources)

Wesley Joseph - Monsoon (EevilTwinn) – Winner


Outstanding Contribution to Music In Association With Merlin

Stephen & David Dewaele - Soulwax  / 2manydjs  (Because Music / [PIAS]) – Winner


Best Independent Label

Defected Records

Forever Living Originals

Hospital Records – Winner

One Little Independent



Best Boutique Label

Chess Club

Glasgow Underground


Rough Bones –Winner 

So Young Records


Music Entrepreneur of the Year

Alex Brees - Un:hurd

Caius Pawson - Young / Space – Winner

Jess Kangalee - Good Energy PR

Keturah Cummings - Forward Slash

Yasin El Ashrafi - HQ Familia


Independent Champion In Association With Downtown

Jaguar Bingham 

Resident Music – Winner 

Cafe OTO


Innovator Award In Association With Amazon Music

Dan Carey – Winner 


Diversity Champion

Charisse Beaumont - Black Lives in Music – Winner  

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