Grime MC, songwriter and producer Skepta will be taking home the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards.
It’s been a big year for the Tottenham MC, who has collaborated with Drake and performed at the BRIT Awards with Kanye West. Skepta was originally a DJ for Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew but showed his skills on the mic in 2005 an since then has been delivering hit after hit.
In 2014 he released his single “That’s Not Me”, featuring his brother JME, which went on to peak at number 21 on the UK charts. The independent music video for the single also went on to win award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Upon receiving the award, Skepta proudly went on to say that the video cost him £80. That should be an inspiring moment for independent music makers.
“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,” said AIM Awards judge MistaJam. “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 at the 5th annual AIM Independent Music Awards, taking place at London’s The Brewery on Sept. 8. A total of 43 artists are in the running for awards this year, with Young Fathers, Courtney Barnett, FKA Twigs and Alt-J leading the pack with three nods apiece. Other special honourees include Digby Pearson of Earache Records, who’ll receive the Pioneer Award, and Ninja Tune’s Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More, this year’s Innovator Award recipients.