Flying Lotus, FKA twigs, Moses Boyd and Arlo Parks were the big winners at the 2020 AIM Independent Music Awards. In its first ever virtual ceremony, Sarathy Korwar claimed the Best Independent Album while other winners included Digga D, Freya Ridings, Yaeji, Nídia and Lafawndah, The Howl & The Hum, Five Finger Death Punch, Speedy Wunderground and Jazz re:freshed.
Blur’s Damon Albarn and friends performed a tribute to Tony Allen and Erasure’s Vince Clarke picked up the new Special Recognition Award with his band performing new track ‘Nerves of Steel’.
Flying Lotus won Best Independent Track for his collaboration with Anderson .Paak, ‘More’. Best Independent Remix went to Nídia and Lafawndah for Nídia’s percussive reimagining of the Lafawndah’s track ‘Tourist’, ‘Tourist X Nídia Rework’.
FKA twigs was awarded Best [Difficult] Second Album forMAGDALENE, Moses Boyd took home UK Independent Breakthrough, while Korean-American electronic artist Yaeji won International Breakthrough. Freya Ridings bagged the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist.
Digga D’s Double Tap Diaries won Best Creative Packaging, while Five Finger Death Punch triumphed in the Best Live Act. Directed by Matthew Thorne, Best Independent Video went to The Howl & The Hum for ‘The Only Boy Racer Left on the Island’, exploring themes of lost youth, family and masculinity set against the working class suburbs of Northern Adelaide.
For a full list of winners go to aimawards.co.uk.