Grime standard-bearer Skepta has been bestowed with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards.

Sponsored by Merlin, the award recognises the independent sector’s most important and influential artists, with Skepta praised for his tireless involvement with grime over the past decade, culminating in what has been a breakthrough year for the Tottenham MC.

AIM Awards judge and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter MistaJam said: “Since grime was born out of the ashes of UK garage, Skepta has been a pioneer of the sound, of the DIY business model and the culture. DJ, producer, writer, MC, record label boss and performer – there’s no denying Skepta has put in the blood, sweat and tears for the last 10 whole years and now, as he stands on the cusp of true international acclaim, it feels right to award Skepta for his immense contribution so far to British music.”

Skepta will receive the award alongside Innovator Award winners Ninja Tune and Pioneer Award winner Digby Pearson at the AIM Awards ceremony in London on September 8. Other artists nominated for this year’s awards include Björk, The Bug, JME and FKA twigs.

Last year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music Award was won by techno pioneer Richie Hawtin. The awards are voted for by an expert panel of judges from across the media and music industry, with representatives from FACT, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, 6Music, XFM, Drowned In Sound, The Quietus, Mixmag and more.



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