Following on from the Steady Mercurys, AIM has announced the nominations for its 2012 awards, including categories such as independent album of the year, best difficult second album and the ‘Golden Welly’ festival award.
As previously announced, the second AIM Awards will take place on 29 October at The Brewery in London, with Edwyn Collins honoured with an outstanding contribution and Mute founder Daniel Miller taking home the Pioneer award. The nominations include Django Django and Alt J for ‘Independent Breakthrough of the Year’ and Steve Lamaq, Kerrang!’s Katie Parsons and Shell Zenner of Amazing Radio for the ‘Indie Champion’ award. To see the full list, go to AIM’s website.
AIM Chief Executive Alison Wenham said: "We have doubled capacity for this years 'Most Difficult Second AIM Awards (!)' and the nominations are once again outstanding”.
Wenham continued: “These awards will recognise another great year for independents' creativity and ingenuity, with Ninja Tune and Xtra Mile leading the nominations list. The companies and artists are all so special they should all get a medal, but a decent three course meal and an evening spent amongst friends is a prize in itself".
The question remains: Does the music industry need another awards ceremony?