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Adele and Frank Turner win Aim awards

Adele and Frank Turner
Image caption England Keep My Bones, the latest album by Frank Turner (r) reached number 12 in the UK

Adele and singer-songwriter Frank Turner won two prizes each at the inaugural Aim Independent Music Awards.

Adele, who is signed to XL Recordings, won best difficult second album for 21, and most-played independent artist.

Turner, on Xtra Mile, who won hardest-working artist and best live act, said the latter was a "hell of an accolade".

The awards were created to "reflect the diversity and brilliance" of the UK independents. Bjork and Domino founder Laurence Bell won special awards.

Most of the categories were decided by a panel of experts and tastemakers, while the best live act and the golden welly award - for the best independent music festival - were voted for by the public.

This year's festival award went to Derbyshire music event Bearded Theory, which encourages attendees to wear false beards for an annual world record attempt.


Turner, who joined acts including beatboxer Beardyman and folk musician James Yorkston in performing at the London event, wrote on his blog that he had been tipped off he would win the hardest-working act.

"I was also nominated for the live category but assumed that I wasn't going to get it because no-one had said anything, so I was genuinely pretty surprised when my name came up for my second award, best live act."

The folk singer, who also thanked his backing band The Sleeping Souls, added: "This morning I had a horrible hangover. Result."

Bjork, who released her seventh studio album Biophilia this year, won the outstanding contribution to music award while Laurence Bell, of Domino Records - home to acts including Arctic Monkeys and Anna Calvi - won the pioneer prize.

Adele's labelmate on XL, dance producer SBTRKT - pronounced "subtract" - was named best breakthrough act while Radio 1 DJ and Bestival organiser Rob da Bank won entrepreneur of the year.

Album Matador at 21 - celebrating the anniversary of the label, founded in New York, that includes acts including Belle & Sebastian - won catalogue release of the year while Coldcut's Ninja Tunes won the marketing campaign award.

Stolen Recordings, home to indie rockers Pete and the Pirates, won the small label prize while John Robb, who runs pop culture music website Louder Than War, was named indie champion.

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