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Aim Awards 2016

Amazon Music is delighted to be involved with the AIM Independent Music Awards for the fourth year running. The awards, which celebrate the significant impact of independent labels and their musicians, take place on September 6 in London.

Stay tuned for updates on the award nominees and winners.

Plus check out the 2015 winners and nominees.


Outstanding Contribution

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Róisín Murphy is this year's recipient of the AIM Outstanding Contribution Award.

Emerging as a musician as one half of electro-pop duo Moloko and seeing critical and commercial success with their third album Things to Make And Do, and in particular tracks "Sing it Back" and "The Time Is Now", Roisin released her solo debut Ruby Blue in 2005, following it up with Overpowered in 2007.

After collaborating with several artists including Crookers, Hot Natured and Fatboy Slim, and releasing an EP of Italian pop songs, Róisín released her third solo album, Hairless Toys in 2015 and immediately began work on her 2016 album Take Her Up To Monto.

Discover more music from Róisín Murphy

The Innovator Award

Celebrating Stormzy's role in pushing the boundaries of independent music the 23-year-old will receive 2016's Innovator award.

The South Londoner has already nabbed two MOBOs, performed on Jools Holland, sold almost a million records and had two of his grime freestyles hit the UK top 20. He's helped to establish the the grime scene as a major force in mainstream culture and driven his success through his own entrepreneurial spirit.

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Richard Russell

Pioneer Award Winner Richard Russell

A pirate radio DJ and producer of early rave, electronic and hip hop music in his teens, Russell founded the independent record label XL Recordings in 1989 in partnership with Beggars Banquet Records. XL’s first major success was The Prodigy, who became one of the three best-selling UK artists of the nineties.

Since then XL has broadened into other musical genres, with Russell working alongside some of the worlds most influential and successful artists including The White Stripes, Adele, Thom Yorke, Radiohead, Dizzee Rascal, M.I.A., The xx, FKA twigs and Vampire Weekend. XL is now regarded as one of the most successful and influential independent record labels worldwide.

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Jon Tolley

Jon Tolley

Indie Champion Award

Winner: Jon Tolley – Banquet Records
Chris Bye - Arts Council England/Liverpool Sound City
Jen Long – DICE
Jess Partridge - London In Stereo
Mary Anne Hobbs – BBC 6Music