XX And Vampire Weekend Win At Aim Awards

Vampire Weekend, The xx and Frankie and the Heartstrings were among the winners at last night's AIM Independent Music Awards.

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Vampire Weekend won Track of the Year for Diane Young, while the Radio X Award for Best 'Difficult' Second Album went to The xx for Coexist.

Frankie and the Heartstrings picked up Hardest Working Band or Artist.

Billy Bragg was given the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize by Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis, 30 years after his debut album came out.

Radio X's Danielle Perry, John Kennedy and Head of Music Mike Walsh were among the judges.

"Radio X was proud to be associated with the AIM Awards again this year – the event itself goes from strength to strength and performances last night at the Old Brewery from Franz Ferdinand and Billy Bragg were stunning," Mike said.

"AIM do such great work on behalf of the independent sector and the awards are increasingly a world class celebration of this vital and growing part of the British music industry.

"See you there next year."



The winners:

BEST LIVE ACT
Enter Shikari

BEST SMALL LABEL
Alcopop! Records

HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST:
Frankie & The Heartstrings

INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST 'DIFFICULT' SECOND ALBUM in association with Radio X
The xx - Coexist

INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young

SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Various Artists - Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie Pop 1980-89

GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL
In The Woods

PPL AWARD FOR MOST PLAYED NEW INDEPENDENT ACT
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Django Django - WOR

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Daughter - Youth

INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR
Warp

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
Billy Bragg

PIONEER AWARD
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade

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Three teenagers from Putney who went stellar with their award-winning debut, xx.