Enter Shikari are the name on everyone’s lips this year after being nominated for three separate awards – the most of any act this year. The hardcore rock band is up for Best Live Act, Hardest Working Band and Independent Album of the Year – the former two of which were last year won by critically acclaimed artist, Frank Turner.
The Outstanding Contribution to Music and Pioneer Award winners have already been announced as Edwyn Collins and Daniel Miller respectively, but there are 13 more surprise winners to be announced on the night for the remaining categories which include Best Difficult Second Album, Genre Spotlight Award and the PPL Award for Most Played Independent Act. More mainstream acts to be nominated this year are Adele (Most Played), Wiley (Genre Spotlight) and The Prodigy (Best Live Act). Up-and-coming or underground artists still however dominate the event with acts such as Django Django, Skinny Lister and The Skints featuring amongst nominees. Best-of-British band, Madness is included in the line up having also been nominated for Most Played.
11 of the AIM awards will be voted for by experts (British Radio DJ Ras Kwame amongst the panel) from the music industry with the remaining three handed over to the public. The event will be hosted by renowned BBC Radio DJ’s Huw Stephens and Steven Lamacq.
All this name dropping is bewildering but promises attendees an amazing night packed with the Indies’ most talented artists – and now we wait with bated breath until the winners are announced…
Words: Alice Kemp-Habib