Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & More Win At Independent AIM Ceremony
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.03.2013
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NME reports that Vampire Weekend, Daughter and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the big winners at the Association of Independent Music's third annual AIM Independent Music Awards, which was held tonight at the Brewery hotel in London. Daughter won Independent Album Of The Year Award for their debut album If You Leave. Vampire Weekend won Independent Song of the Year for "Diane Young" from their third album Modern Vampires Of The City.
Franz Ferdinand were the surprise guets performances. They performed "Stand On The Horizon" from their new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions, along with "Bullet" and "Love Illumination". The performance took ten years to the week of their debut song "Darts of Pleasure".
The only act to win more than one award was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who got Independent Breakthrough of the Year and the PPL Award for Most-Played Independent New Act. Enter Shikari were named Best Live Act.
Billy Bragg was given the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, presented by Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis. It was thirty years since his debut album Life's A Riot With Spy vs Spy. He said: "I'm pleased I won an Outstanding Contribution prize, rather than something with "lifetime achievement" in the title, because that would imply I'm ready to be pensioned off with a carriage clock. I hope to still be making music for my 40th and 50th anniversary."
He ended the show with three songs.
The Special Contribution award went to BBC 6Music presenter Steve Lamacq by Richard Hawley. Lamacq has been in the business for twenty years after he started at as a DJ at Radio 1. Hawley said: "I admire Steve because he's stuck to his guns - he's a real gunslinger. I know he was offered, on plenty of occasions, the chance to be a shiny breakfast show presenter. But Steve wanted to stick to presenting music where he had more choice with his playlist. That's honorable."
Warp won Independent Label of the Year after releasing albums by Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear and Flying Lotus in the past year. Best Small Label went to Alcopop!, who released albums by Johnny Foreigner, Stagecoach and Fight Like Apes. The Pioneer Award went to Geoff Travis. His label Rough Trade has released albums from The Smiths, The Libertines, The Strokes and Palma Violets.
Here's a full list of winners:
Independent Album Of The Year (in association with Record Store Day): Daughter - 'If You Leave'
Independent Track Of The Year (in association with Spotify): Vampire Weekend - 'Diane Young'
Best Live Act (voted for by The Fly readers): Enter Shikari
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year (in association with 7digital): Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Independent Video Of The Year (in association with Vevo): Django Django - 'WOR'
Hardest Working Band Or Artist: Frankie & The Heartstrings
Best 'Difficult' Second Album (in association with XFM): The xx - 'Coexist'
PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year (in association with Amazon): Various Artists - 'Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie Pop 1980-89'
Independent Label Of The Year (in association with Coutts): Warp
Best Small Label (in association with Disc Manufacturing Services): Alcopop!
Golden Welly Award (in association with UK Music, AIF and This Is Fake DIY): In The Woods
Indie Champion Award (in association with Consolidated Independent): Gilles Peterson
Special Recognition Award: Steve Lamacq
Outstanding Contribution To Music (in association with eMusic): Billy Bragg
Pioneer Award (in association with Nokia Music): Geoff Travis