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London Grammar and Arctic Monkeys lead AIM Independent Music Award nominees (2014)

Arctic Monkeys. Photo by Zackery Michael

Story by Jack Foley

LONDON Grammar and Arctic Monkeys lead the nominees for the 4th annual AIM Independent Music Awards (2014).

London Grammar head the field overall with an impressive four nominations, including ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Independent Breakthrough of The Year’ while Arctic Monkeys have two nods (for best album, AM, and independent track of the year, Do I Wanna Know?).

Other dual nominees include Bonobo, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, FKA Twigs, Future Islands and tUnE-yArDs.

The coveted Independent Label Of The Year award will be contested by Because Music, Domino, Fearless Records, Hospital Records, Ninja Tune and Secretly Group.

Following in their footsteps, Hyperdub, Kissability, Marshall Teller Records, National Anthem and Sonic Cathedral will battle it out for the Best Small Label award.

Once again, the nominations honour the full spectrum of independent music in 2014, as nominees for Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album – including Anna Calvi, Ben Watt, Blood Orange, The Pretty Reckless and Withered Hand – stand side-by-side with those nominated for the Independent Breakthrough of The Year, Courtney Barnett, Future Islands, London Grammar, Sohn and Young Fathers.

The full list of nominees is as follows…

BEST SMALL LABEL – Sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services
Hyperdub
Kissability
Marshall Teller Records
National Anthem
Sonic Cathedral

BEST LIVE ACT – in association with Songkick
Bonobo
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Five Finger Death Punch
London Grammar
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

BEST ‘DIFFICULT’ SECOND ALBUM – in association with XFM
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Ben Watt – Hendra
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Withered Hand – New Gods

*GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL – in association with AIF and DIY
ArcTanGent*
Barn on the Farm
Greenbelt
In The Woods
LeeFest

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST – in association with Jack Daniel’s
Bonobo
Femme
Gabby Young & Other Animals
Ghetts
PINS

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR – sponsored by 7digital
Courtney Barnett
Future Islands
London Grammar
Sohn
Young Fathers

INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Spotify
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
FKA Twigs – Water Me
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
London Grammar – Strong
Sampha – Too Much
Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul

INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Vevo
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me
FKA Twigs – Water Me
James – Moving On
Liars – Mess On A Mission
Royal Canoe – Birthday

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD – sponsored by CI
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Camilla Pia, BBC 6Music
Charles Caldas, Merlin
John Doran, The Quietus
Tim Palmer & Clemence Godard, Bird on the Wire

SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR – in association with Amazon Music
Cabaret Voltaire – Collected Works 1983 – 1985
Nightmares on Wax – N.O.W.Is The Time
Small Faces – Here Comes The Nice – Immediate Years Box Set 1967 – 1969
The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Expanded Edition)
Various – Purple Snow – Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR – sponsored by MixRadio
Actress – Ghettoville
Arctic Monkeys – AM
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
Fred V & Grafix – Recognise
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
London Grammar – If You Wait
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
Within Temptation – Hydra

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Believe Digital
Because Music
Domino
Fearless Records
Hospital Records
Ninja Tune
Secretly Group

INNOVATOR AWARD
Steve Goodman, Hyperdub Records

PIONEER AWARD – sponsored by The Orchard:
Martin Mills, Beggars Group

Winners will be revealed at the ceremony hosted by XFM’s long term champion of new music John Kennedy and Alice Levine, one of Radio 1‘s newest voices, at London’s The Brewery, Clerkenwell on September 2, 2014.