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Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Taylor York are dating

Paramore stars Hayley Williams and Taylor York are a couple.

Following years of speculation from fans, the frontwoman confirmed her relationship with her bandmate during an interview with The Guardian published Thursday.

According to the reporter, Williams and York displayed a “mutual tenderness” throughout the conversation, and “regard each other with a sort of fond awe”.

“Williams and York confirm rumours that they are dating but decline to comment further,” the profile noted.

Williams split from husband Chad Gilbert, lead guitarist of New Found Glory, in July 2017, with their divorce finalised later that year.

Elsewhere in the chat, the Misery Business hitmaker noted that she was excited to be promoting the group’s upcoming sixth studio album, This Is Why, as well as going on tour again, following a six-year hiatus.

“As soon as we warmed up, I was like: ‘Oh yeah – this is what I do.’ We’ve put our 10,000-plus hours in,” the 33-year-old shared. “We met at the craziest age and we should not have made it through all the things we’ve been through together.”

Cheryl Tweedy remembers Sarah Harding in touching Vogue tribute

Cheryl Tweedy and the rest of Girls Aloud have rallied together to make their late bandmate Sarah Harding’s last wish come true.

Sarah passed away in September 2021 from breast cancer. She was only 39.

In a touching new article written for British Vogue, Cheryl has detailed her friendship with Sarah, and how she and Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle came to organise Sarah’s Primrose Ball, which takes place at The Londoner Hotel on 8 October.

Feeling numb and helpless after Sarah’s diagnosis in 2020, Cheryl, 39, remembers asking her friend “over and over again” if there was anything she needed.

“Finally she said to me: ‘I would love you to create an evening, a gala of some kind for me. If I am here and can attend I will be able to thank those who have helped me through all of this, and pay that forward in a way that will help others when I’m gone’,” Cheryl wrote.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t to be. Eight weeks later, Sarah passed. The rest of Girls Aloud and I took up the baton soon after, rallying together to make sure we made Sarah’s last wish come true. I feel a great deal of responsibility to make it what she wanted and help create and provide help for others moving forward.”

The ball promises to be a star-studded event, with presenter Fearne Cotton acting as the evening’s host and Olly Alexander, Ricky Wilson and Chrissie Hynde all performing.

All money raised on the night will be used to fund the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal research project by Dr. Sacha Howell, Sarah’s former consultant.

Cheryl added: “I would like to move forward by remembering Sarah before her illness. Although memories of that time do exist and are hard to shake, they hold no weight against the light she so brightly shone in the years beforehand. I have many, many more of those years to hold onto, and that is my intention.

“Her fun, bubbly side, her close-to-the-edge risky side, and her deeply soft and vulnerable side are some of the intricacies that made up Sarah in all of her glory.”

Shania Twain recalls ‘touch-and-go’ battle with Covid-19

Shania Twain has opened up about her “very bad bout” of Covid-19.

During an interview for the BBC, the country music star revealed that her new song What You Gonna Do with That Air? was inspired by her experience of coronavirus during the pandemic.

“It’s about the anxiety of running out of air,” she explained. “I had a very bad bout with Covid, with Covid pneumonia, and it was very touch-and-go. I was feeling like, ‘Oh my God, I just have to breathe.’”

Shania went on to share how the health scare reminded her of her battle with Lyme disease and dysphonia in the mid-2000s which left her with a severely weakened singing voice.

After vocal rehabilitation, the Canadian star released her first single in six years, Today Is Your Day, in 2011, and later signed up for two Las Vegas residencies.

As for her forthcoming sixth studio album, which includes the single Waking Up Dreaming, Shania revealed the tracks are imbued with a sense of optimism.

“With the pandemic, I just really wanted to cheer myself up. As we all know, it was a very stifling and crippling emotional and mental exercise that endured for months and months and months,” the 57-year-old continued. “So, I was like, ‘I just want to be happy!’ And to me, that was writing happy songs and playing with words again.”

Shania’s new album is set for release next year.

Former Oasis star Bonehead confirms he’s cancer-free

Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs is cancer-free.

The former Oasis guitarist confirmed in April that he’d been diagnosed with tonsil cancer – but he’s now revealed via social media that he’s been given the “all clear” by doctors.

Bonehead wrote on Instagram: “Update on my cancer, I had a full scan 10 days ago, and it’s all clear, it’s gone. Thank you so much all of you for the messages I’ve had throughout, you’ve helped me more than you know. Thank you especially to the team @TheChristieNHS, into recovery now and see you all soon x (sic)”

The musician was diagnosed with tonsil cancer earlier this year, and he subsequently shared the news with his fans via Twitter.

He wrote on the micro-blogging platform at the time: “Just to let you all know I’m going to be taking a break from playing for a while.

“I’ve been diagnosed with tonsil cancer, but the good news is it’s treatable and I’ll be starting a course of treatment soon.”

Liam Gallagher, his former Oasis bandmate, quickly took to social media to express his support.

Liam, 50, wrote on Twitter: “Sending BIG love to the 1 n only Bonehead and his family wishing you a speedy recovery we’re all thinking of you rasta you’ll be back on stage bfore you can say r we doing Colombia LG x (sic)”

Andy Bell, another former Oasis star, also sent his best wishes to Bonehead.

He wrote: “Get well soon Bone. (sic)”

Bonehead quit Oasis in 1999, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

However, he’s kept working with Liam over the years, including in his band Beady Eye and on other solo projects.

The former Oasis duo performed together at Liam’s sets at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2021, and he was also scheduled to perform at Liam’s return to Knebworth in June.

Matthew Koma pokes fun at Adam Levine cheating drama in birthday post for Hilary Duff

Matthew Koma wished his wife Hilary Duff a happy birthday on Wednesday by quoting one of Adam Levine’s leaked pickup lines.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam hit headlines last week when budding Instagram model Sumner Stroh alleged she’d enjoyed a fling with the married rocker, and shared some of his flirty messages online as evidence.

More women came forward with their own stories of Adam, who’s currently expecting baby number three with his model wife Behati Prinsloo, messaging them.

Taking aim at Adam’s pickup lines, singer-songwriter and producer Matthew directly quoted some of his words to Sumner as he wished Hilary a happy 35th birthday.

“It’s truly unreal how f**king hot you are. Like it blows my mind. I may need to see the booty.” – A.L.,” Matthew wrote alongside a smiling photo of his blonde wife.

“Happy birthday to my hero,” he continued. “We are the luckiest to love you and be loved by you. thank you for tolerating us and finding the patience after a long day to listen to me talk about songwriters who recently passed and pretending to care deeply (rip Pat DiNizio).”

Matthew and Hilary wed in 2019 and share children Banks, three, and 18-month-old Mae together. The Younger actress also has son Luca, 10, from her marriage to Mike Comrie.

Matthew added: “this year is truly going to be the richest one yet and I can’t wait to see everything unfold for you ba. Somehow, you’re constantly buzzing around, taking over the world while simultaneously holding down the home front and I’m forever #grateful. Let’s #live #laugh #love our way into your #35th year.

“Instagram algo probably won’t even let you see this until it’s on reels in 2023 (sic). We’ll love you then too.”

It’s not the first time Matthew has poked fun at Adam; last week he uploaded mocked-up messages which made it look like Adam had sent complimentary notes to him.

Lizzo makes history by playing 200-year-old crystal flute onstage

Lizzo has made history by playing a one-of-a-kind crystal flute during a concert.

The Juice hitmaker, who is a classically trained flautist, was invited to view the world’s largest flute collection at the U.S. Library of Congress on Monday. During the visit, Lizzo took the opportunity to play the priceless instrument made for President James Madison by Claude Laurent that was rescued from the White House during the War of 1812.

After the star confirmed that she could play the flute, curators arranged for it to be securely transported to the Capitol One Arena, where she was carefully handed it at one point during her The Special Tour gig on Tuesday night.

“I want everybody to make some noise for James Madison’s crystal flute, y’all!” she exclaimed, before gingerly holding the instrument and admitting: “I’m scared.”

Lizzo, real name Melissa Jefferson, then performed a few notes on the flute, describing it as “like playing out of a wine glass”, before offering up her signature twerk dance move.

“We just made history tonight!” the 34-year-old added. “Thank you to the Library of Congress for preserving our history and making history freaking cool! History is freaking cool you guys!”

In addition, Lizzo raved over the opportunity in a post on her Instagram page.

“I’M THE FIRST & ONLY PERSON TO PLAY THIS PRESIDENTIAL CRYSTAL FLUTE ITS LITERALLY AN HEIRLOOM – LIKE… AS A FLUTE PLAYER THIS IS ICONIC AND I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT (sic),” she gushed.

In response, a number of her celebrity friends congratulated her on the memorable moment.

“You are ICONIC,” wrote Kerry Washington, while Grimes posted, “This is the most high fantasy thing I’ve ever seen in the real world omg. A mythical crystal flute no one has ever heard play? This is some elf s**t. Congrats.”

Madison served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

Shania Twain recalls dinner with Oprah Winfrey that turned ‘sour’

Shania Twain has recalled how a dinner with Oprah Winfrey turned “sour” amid a conversation about religion.

In the latest episode of the Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware podcast, the Canadian singer-songwriter was asked to discuss one of the most memorable meals she has ever had.

“I think one of my most memorable dinners was with Oprah Winfrey. She’s such a smart lady,” she began. “It was great to just sit and have real talks, but as soon as we started talking about religion, it all went sour. So, I said, ‘Let’s stop talking about religion!’ She is quite religious.”

It’s unclear when the dinner took place, though Shania indicated it was in the ’90s.

“Everyone always says, ‘Never talk about politics or religion.’ It just wasn’t debatable. There was no room for debate, and I like to debate,” the 57-year-old continued. “Canadians like to debate everything. So, I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. It’s time to change the subject.'”

As for her views, Shania shared that she is more “spiritual” than religious.

“I’m not religious in the sense that I’m dedicated to a religion. I’m much more of a spiritual person… I would say I’m a seeker,” she mused.

Adele, Gorillaz, IDLES, Wet Let nominated for UK Music Video Awards

Adele, Arlo Parks, alt-J, black midi, FKA twigs, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, IDLES, Jeshi, Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware, Little Simz, Loyle Carner, Wet Leg and Yard Act are among the British artists who have notched multiple nominations for their music videos and other visual projects at this year’s UK Music Video Awards, in the shortlists announced on 28th September.

International artists Kendrick Lamar, Doechii, Lil Nas X, Pharrell (ft 21 Savage & Tyler The Creator), Stromae and Tove Lo also feature with multiple nods in this year’s list of nominations for over 30 awards, celebrating the best work in music videos in the UK and around the world, and the creativity and technical achievements of the filmmakers who made them.

The winners at this year’s UKMVAs – the premier global awards programme for music video creativity – will be announced at the awards ceremony which takes place for the first time at Magazine, the new state-of-the-art events venue near The O2 in North Greenwich, on October 27th, in what promises to be a big night for the music video-making industry.

Leading the way in the nominations is FKA twigs with a stunning haul of 8 nominations, including 5 nods for her video for Tears In The Club, featuring The Weeknd. She is followed by fellow British artist Little Simz with 6 nominations, who similarly gained 5 nominations for a single video – Point and Kill, featuring Obongjayar. UK alt rock outfit black midi also have 6 nods at the UKMVAs, divided between three videos made for tracks from their new album Hellfire.

The black midi video for Sugar/Tzu is one of several videos with 3 nominations in the 2022 shortlist. That includes Kendrick Lamar’s The Heart Pt 5, the video that launched his new album; Doechii’s Crazy, one of the most controversial videos of the past year; the all-animated video for Pharrell’s Cash In Cash Out, featuring 21 Savage and Tyler The Creator; and Nadie, a video for Mexican/Argentine vocal duo Sin Bandera.

Following the upheavals caused by Covid, the nominations at this year’s UKMVAs also reflect the world of music video production bouncing back, with the shortlist featuring a plethora of burgeoning directing talent making their debut among the nominations, as well as honouring the skills displayed in numerous film departments, including Cinematography, Production Design, Editing and VFX.

Among the ‘behind-the-camera’ talent, British-Ghanaian director Ebeneza Blanche leads the pack with a remarkable 7 nominations – including five nominations for their video for Little Simz’s Point and Kill and a place in the Best New Director list. US director Amber Grace Johnson’s video for Tears In The Club for FKA twigs has 5 nominations, and like Point and Kill it is nominated in several Technical Achievement categories, including Best Wardrobe Styling and Best Hair & Make-up. C Prinz, who directed Doechii’s Crazy, sees her video pick up 4 nominations, and also wins a nod in the Best New Director list.

Henry Scholfield, a former winner of the Best Director award at the UKMVAs, is nominated again for that award while his video for Stromae’s Fils de Joie, gains 2 nods, and one for Ed Sheeran’s 2Step, featuring Lil Baby. US director Noel Paul’s videos for black midi’s Sugar/Tzu, and Ezra Furman’s Forever In Sunset get a total of 4 nods.

Also on the Best Director list is Ukranian director Tanu Muino, who won the award last year, and is also nominated for her direction of Harry Styles’ video for As It Was, and Foals’ 2am. She is joined by French directors Arnaud Bresson and Valentin Petit, and British directors Scholfield, Duncan Loudon and Aidan Zamiri. The Best New Director list is completed by French directing duo Bleu Desert, US-based STILLZ, Italian director Giada Bossi and British director Edem Wornoo.

For the second time, the UKMVAs has an award for Best Performance in a Video, designed to spotlight outstanding on-camera performances by artists, actors and dancers in music videos. The shortlist features mesmerizing turns by Kendrick Lamar, Loyle Carner, and Lil Nas X, hard-hitting performances by young Italian actors in Giada Bossi’s video for electronic act Arssalendo, and celebrated actor David Thewlis in his debut music video appearance for Leeds band Yard Act.

The UK Music Video Awards also recognises work in shortform live video and special visual projects. The Live Video category features an eclectic mix of international artists including Belgian superstar Stromae, Jamaican pop sensation Koffee, Irish band Fontaines DC, Norwegian artist Aurora, Nigerian singer-songwriter Obongjayar and breakout US singer Dijon. Special Visual Projects includes films by Moses Sumney, Lykke Li and Sad Night Dynamite, as well as the much-nominated Little Simz and FKA twigs.

Since its inception in 2008, the UKMVAs has grown into the leading global awards programme for music video creativity, the most important annual event in the calendar for the world f music video production. The global reach of the competition once again saw entries from over 30 different territories.

Best Pop Video – UK in association with Cinelab Film & Digital
Harry Styles – As It Was
George Ezra – Green Green Grass
Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware – Kiss of Life
Adele – OMG
The 1975 – Part Of The Band
Arlo Parks – Softly

Best Dance/Electronic Video – UK
Gorillaz ft Thundercat – Cracker Island
Chase & Status – Mixed Emotions
Franc Moody – Raining in LA
Orbital – Smiley
Lewis Thompson ft David Guetta – Take Me Back
Tourist – Your Love

Best R&B/Soul Video – UK
Joy Crookes – 19th Floor
Michael Kiwanuka – Beautiful Life
FKA Twigs – Jealousy
Greentea Peng – Look To Him
Labrinth – Mount Everest
FKA twigs ft The Weeknd – Tears in the Club

Best Rock Video – UK
Foals – 2am
Muse – Compliance
IDLES – Crawl!
Sam Fender – Getting Started (Director’s Cut)
Florence + The Machine – King
Sam Fender – Spit Of You

Best Alternative Video – UK
Yard Act – 100% Endurance
Bakar – Build Me A Way
black midi – Eat Men Eat
alt-J – Hard Drive Gold
Radiohead – If You Say The Word
black midi – Sugar/Tzu

Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video – UK
Jeshi – 3210
Jeshi – Generation
Loyle Carner – Hate
Big Zuu ft JME & Novelist – Offline
Little Simz ft Obongjayar – Point And Kill
Dave – Verdansk

Best Pop Video – International
Lizzo – About Damn Time
Stromae – Fils De Joie
Desirée Dawson – Meet You At The Light
Tove Lo – No One Dies From Love
Rosalía – Saoko
Lil Nas X – That’s What I Want

Best Dance/Electronic Video – International
Meduza, James Carter ft Elley Duhe & Fast Boy – Bad Memories
Kavinsky – Cameo
DJ Snake – Disco Maghreb
Arca – Prada/Rakata
Flume ft May-A – Say Nothing
Ásgeir – Snowblind

Best R&B/Soul Video – International
IDK – Breathe
Omar Apollo ft Daniel Caeser – Invincible
Lucky Daye ft Lil Durk – N.W.A.
The Weeknd – Out Of Time
Steve Lacy – Sunshine
UMI – Wish That I could

Best Rock Video – International
The Lumineers – Brightside
Ezra Furman – Forever in Sunset
Pretty Sick – Human Condition
Imagine Dragons – Shark
Måneskin – Supermodel
The Black Keys – Wild Child

Best Alternative Video – International
MorMor – Far Apart
Joji – Glimpse of Us
Stephan Moccio – Halston
GENER8ION x 070 Shake x SURKIN – Neo Surf
Jean-Michel Blais – Passepied
ZNTNDR – Untitled Us

Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video – International
SCREW – 22
Pharrell ft 21 Savage & Tyler The Creator – Cash In Cash Out
Doechii – Crazy
Sopico – Slide
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5
Residente ft Ibeyi – This is Not America

Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Cavetown x beabadoobee – Fall In Love With A Girl
Flowerovlove – I Love This Song
Taura Lamb – Love Song
Empress Of – Save Me
Mads Langer – Ukendt land
Sad Night Dynamite – What Does That Make Me

Best R&B/Soul Video – Newcomer
Khazali – Better With The Devil
Lava La Rue – High Fidelity
Sipho – I Don’t Get It
Nightmares On Wax – Isolated
Ivy Sole – Talk That Talk
Murkage Dave – Us Lot

Best Dance/Electronic Video – Newcomer
Cheap Electric Pink Wool – 01G
Confidence Man – Feels Like A Different Thing
Duvall ft Sam Gray – Good Feeling
David Lindmer ft Johanson – Omen
Adibanti – One Door Closes
Ross from Friends – The Daisy

Best Rock Video – Newcomer
Didirri – Begin Again
Wu-Lu – Blame
Alex Orma – Du Sang du Singe
Cafuné – Tek It
Wet Leg – Ur Mum
Wet Leg – Wet Dream

Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
Baby Dave – Clarence’s Dead Dad
Nick Leng – Morning / Midnight
Arssalendo- Quattro Pareti
ALASKALASKA – Still Life
Nother – Us
Marina Satti – Yiati Pouli M’

Best Hip Hop / Grime / Rap Video – Newcomer
Bxks ft Oscar Worldpeace – 321
Fly Anakin – Class Clown
Flohio – Cuddy Buddy
WU-LU – Ten
Rodney Chrome – To The Money
AntsLive – Tweakin

Best Live Video
Aurora – A Touch of the Divine
Dijon – Annie
Obongjayar – I Wish It Was Me
Fontaines DC – Jackie Down The Line (The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon)
Stromae – Santé
Koffee – Where I’m From (Vevo LIFT Live Session)

Best Special Visual Project in association with LEAP
Moses Sumney – Blackalachia
FKA twigs – Caprisongs
Dream Diver – Dream Diver
Lykke Li – EYEYE
Little Simz – I Love You, I Hate You
Sad Night Dynamite – Volume II Mix Tape

Best Performance in a Video
Yard Act – 100% Endurance
Belief – Dreams
Loyle Carner – Hate
Arssalendo – Quattro Pareti
Lil Nas X – That’s What I Want
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5

Best Production Design in a Video
Hikaru Utada – Bad Mode
Thom Draft – Breathtaking
Angèle – Bruxelles Je t’aime
Tove Lo – No One Dies From Love
Adele – OMG
Arlo Parks – Softly

Best Choreography in a Video
Doechii – Crazy
Florence + The Machine – Heaven Is Here
Jean-Michel Blais – Passepied
FKA twigs – Ride the Dragon
FKA twigs ft The Weeknd – Tears in the Club
alt-J – The Actor

Best Wardrobe Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Stromae – Fils de Joie
Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware – Kiss of Life
Sin Bandera – Nadie
Sampa The Great – Never Forget
Little Simz ft Obongjayar – Point and Kill
FKA twigs ft The Weeknd – Tears in the Club

Best Hair & Make-up in a Video
Gloria Groove – A Queda
Priyanka – Come Through
Sin Bandera – Nadie
Sudan Archives – NBPQ (Topless)
Little Simz ft Obongjayar – Point and Kill
FKA twigs ft The Weeknd – Tears in the Club

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with CHEAT
Taylor Swift – All Too Well
Doechii – Crazy
Sin Bandera – Nadie
Little Simz ft Obongjayar – Point and Kill
black midi – Sugar/Tzu
ZNTNDR – Untitled Us

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with Studio RM
Ethan P Flynn – Distraught
Sam Fender – Get You Down
Greantea Peng – Look To Him
M83 – My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
Little Simz ft Obongjayar – Point and Kill
Ásgeir – Snowblind

Best Editing in a Video
black midi – Eat Men Eat
Bourne – Ere We Go
Joji – Glimpse of Us
black midi – Sugar/Tzu
FKA twigs ft The Weeknd – Tears in the Club
Chase & Status – When It Rains

Best VFX in a Video
Ed Sheeran ft Lil Baby – 2Step
Pharrell ft 21 Savage & Tyler The Creator – Cash In Cash Out
Gorillaz ft Thundercat – Cracker Island
OrelSan ft Skread – Ensemble
Arca – Prada/Rakata
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5

Best Animation in a Video
Pharrell ft 21 Savage & Tyler The Creator – Cash In Cash Out
Mac Miller – Colors and Shapes
IDLES – Crawl!
Odesza – Light of Day
Orelsan – The Quest
black midi – Welcome to Hell

Best Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective
Aidan Zamiri
Arnaud Bresson
Duncan Loudon
Henry Scholfield
Tanu Muino
Valentin Petit

Best New Director in association with No.8 London
Bleu Desert
C Prinz
Ebeneza Blanche
Edem Wornoo
Giada Bossi
STILLZ

Best Director of Photography in association with Loop Talent
Christopher Ripley
Harry Wheeler
Jaime Ackroyd
Jake Gabbay
Nikita Kuzmenko
Patrick Golan

Best Producer in association with WPA UK
Aaron Z Willson
Alex Chamberlain
Elizabeth Doonan
Fred Bonham Carter
Jules de Chateleux
Mayling Wong

Best Production Company in association with Kodak
COMPULSORY
DIVISION
Iconoclast
Object & Animal
SMUGGLER
UnderWonder Content

Best Commissioner
Connie Meade
John Moule
Kim Jarrett
Louis Danckwerts
Michael Lewin
Scott Wright

Best Agent
Alexa Haywood, FreeAgent
André Reid-McKinley, Somesuch
Carrie Sutton
Claire Stubbs & Connie Meade, Mouthpiece
Joceline Gabriel & Sarah Boardman, HANDS
Sam Davey & Polly Millner, OB Management

Wet Leg, Nova Twins victorious at AIM Independent Music Awards 2022

After bringing down the curtain on riotous performances from The Libertines, Lethal Bizzle and Pixey, the AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates another glorious year of the independent sector and the talented artists, labels and outstanding individuals at the forefront of its success.

With a winners list of exciting fresh talent and trailblazing legends, 2022 is a year of triumph for those who have paved the way and those now forging their own path. After rapidly rising up the ranks of the indie rock scene due to their killer choruses and label guidance, Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company) saunter in as winners of UK Independent Breakthrough in association with YouTube Music, while Nova Twins (Marshall Records) scoop Best Independent Track in association with Meta for ‘Antagonist’ after a similar upward trajectory in 2022.

On their win for UK Independent Breakthrough, Wet Leg said via videolink: “Thanks so much for the Breakthrough award. It’s been a really wild year for us and we just want to take this opportunity to thank our team and all the other members of our new-found family. As a great man once said, “To infinity and beyond!””

On the LP front, Cleo Sol (Forever Living Originals) took home Best Independent Album in association with Spotify for the majestic ‘Mother’ and Nilüfer Yanya (ATO Records) proved the follow up record can be a pretty ‘Painless’ experience as she reigned supreme in the Best [Difficult] Second Album in association with BBC 6 Music category.

Via video link, Nilüfer Yanya said: “Just wanted to say thanks so much for the award. Really means a lot, especially coming from AIM.”

This year marked the introduction of two new categories, Best Independent EP/Mixtape and Music Entrepreneur Of The Year, with Scottish producer TAAHLIAH‘s ‘Angelica’ (untitled (recs)) and Corey Johnson (CEO & Founder of Defenders Ent.) winning respectively. The latter is recognised for his work founding The Digital Holdings studio to create a safe space in the UK rap scene.

With previous recipients including Arlo Parks and ENNY, Nia Archives has been earmarked for similar stratospheric success by winning this year’s One To Watch in association with BBC Introducing, while American rapper and songwriter Blxst (Red Bull Records) has been making waves thanks to his recent debut album and feature on the new Kendrick Lamar album. He was awarded International Breakthrough in association with Deezer.

With over 29,000 votes cast by fans across the category, Mitski (Dead Oceans) emerged victorious as the Best Live Performer for her revered show and British DJ D.O.D (Axtone Records) claims the PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist. There’s also wins for Jeshi (Because Music), who claims the Best Independent Video in association with VEVO prize for the ambitious ‘3210’ and Champion’s reimagining of Ibeyi’s ‘Lavender & Red Roses ft. Jorja Smith’ (XL Recordings) is hailed as Best Independent Remix, as well as Maylee Todd’s ‘Maloo’ from Stones Throw Records for Best Creative Campaign in association with Able. After celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Local Action win Best Boutique Label for their trailblazing and uplifting community ethos in dance music.

Having helped to define what an independent record label is when it was established in 1978, Rough Trade Records cemented their reputation with the Best Independent Label award demonstrating how a label’s cultural identity can benefit and enhance its artists since its inception. Under the leadership of Jeannette Lee and Geoff Travis, the label has released music from the likes of Black Midi, Jockstrap and Dean Blunt in recent times, while also dipping into its back catalogue for a series of reissues. Fittingly, indie-rock heavyweights The Libertines received Special Recognition for their legendary career and influence on guitar music. As Rough Trade signees, it emphasises the strength of the working relationship between the two as they scoop an Award apiece.

As previously announced, Stormzy was honoured as Diversity Champion for using his platform to level the playing field in the music industry and inspiring wider society through his charity #Merky Foundation and #Merky Books. Alongside Lethal Bizzle, a fellow grime legend who took home Outstanding Contribution to Music in association with Merlin, there were wins for several music industry leaders, including Innovator Award in association with Amazon Music for the unstoppable Rina Sawayama and Independent Champion in association with MCPS for Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot of [PIAS].

Collecting his award via video link, Stormzy said: “I encourage everyone in the room today to not just use diversity as a buzzword. Whatever position you lot are in, whatever roles you might play, try to be a real driving factor for it and not just see it as a quota or a box to tick and really see the worth and value in being diverse. Thank you to the AIM Awards and to God be the glory.”

Opening this year’s ceremony, AIM CEO Paul Pacifico said: “Tonight is about us as a community celebrating the incredible successes of the world-beating UK independent music sector. It is a hugely competitive market out there, but we understand that we are stronger together and a win for one of us is a win for all of us. I’d like to say a huge congratulations to tonight’s winners, and thank you to our sponsors and especially our Platinum Partners.”

See below for the full list of winners:

Diversity Champion
Stormzy WINNER

Best Independent Album in association with Spotify
Boj – ‘Gbagada Express’ (Moves Recordings)
Children Of Zeus – ‘Balance’ (First Word Records)
Cleo Sol – ‘Mother’ (Forever Living Originals) WINNER
Dave – ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’ (Neighbourhood Recordings)
Dave Okumu – ‘Knopperz’ (Transgressive Records)
Emma-Jean Thackray – ‘Yellow’ (Movementt)
Mustafa – ‘When Smoke Rises’ (Young)
Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Painless’ (ATO Records)
SAULT – ‘NINE’ (Forever Living Originals)
Walt Disco – ‘Unlearning’ (Lucky Number)

Best Independent Track in association with Meta
Anz – ‘You Could Be’ (ft. George Riley) (Ninja Tune)
Dave – ‘Starlight’ (Neighbourhood Recordings)
FKA twigs – ‘tears in the club’ ft. the weeknd (Young)
Jeshi – ‘Protein’ feat. Obongjayar (Because Music)
Knucks, SL – ‘Nice & Good’ (No Days Off)
Nova Twins – ‘Antagonist’ (Marshall Records) WINNER
Overmono – ‘So U Kno (XL Recordings)
Wet Leg – ‘Chaise Longue’ (Domino Recording Company)
Wu-Lu – ‘Broken Homes’ (Warp Records)
Yves Tumor – ‘Jackie’ (Warp Records)

UK Independent Breakthrough in association with YouTube Music
Children of Zeus (First Word Records)
Knucks (No Days Off)
Nova Twins (Marshall Records)
Warmduscher (Bella Union)
Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company) WINNER

International Breakthrough in association with Deezer
Amyl & the Sniffers (Rough Trade)
Blxst (Red Bull Records) WINNER
Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings)
Mdou Moctar (Matador Records)
Mitski (Dead Oceans)

Best Live Performer
Ben Böhmer (Anjunadeep)
IDLES (Partisan Records)
Mitski (Dead Oceans) WINNER
Shao Dow (DiY Gang Entertainment)
The Hu (Better Noise)

Best [Difficult] Second Album in association with BBC 6 Music
Black Country, New Road – ‘Ants From Up There’ (Ninja Tune)
Jana Rush – ‘Painful Enlightenment’ (Planet Mu Records)
Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Painless’ (ATO Records) WINNER
Ross From Friends – ‘Tread’ (Brainfeeder)
Tirzah – ‘Colourgrade’ (Domino Recording Company)

Innovator Award in association with Amazon Music
Rina Sawayama WINNER

Outstanding Contribution to Music in association with Merlin
Lethal Bizzle WINNER

Special Recognition
The Libertines (Rough Trade) WINNER

Best Independent EP/Mixtape
FKA twigs – ‘CAPRISONGS’ (Young)
Joy Orbison – ‘still slipping vol.1’ (XL Recordings)
Surya Sen – ‘At What Cost?’ (Skint Records)
TAAHLIAH – ‘Angelica’ (untitled (recs)) WINNER
Wesley Joseph – ‘ULTRAMARINE’ (EEVILTWINN)

Best Independent Remix
ATO / FLOHIO remix of ATO – ‘no caroline’ (MCMXCV)
Mura Masa remix of Erika de Casier – ‘Polite’ (4AD)
Champion remix of Ibeyi – ‘Lavender & Red Roses ft. Jorja Smith’ (XL Recordings) WINNER
Thom Yorke ‘Man on Fire’ remix of MF DOOM – ‘Gazzillion Ear’ (Lex Records)
Kaydy Cain remix of Shygirl – ‘BDE’ (Because Music)

One To Watch in association with BBC Introducing
Barry Can’t Swim (Technicolour / Ninja Tune)
Jeshi (Because Music)
Léa Sen (Partisan Records)
Nia Archives (HIJINXX) WINNER
TAAHLIAH (untitled (recs))

Best Independent Video in association with VEVO
Arlo Parks – ‘Softly’ (Transgressive Records)
Ibeyi – ‘Made of Gold ft. Pa Salieu’ (XL Recordings)
Jeshi – ‘3210’ (Because Music) WINNER
Wesley Joseph – ‘Cold Summer’ (Secretly Canadian)
FKA twigs – ‘tears in the club’ ft. the weeknd (Young)

PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist
Arlo Parks (Transgressive Records)
D.O.D (Axtone Records) WINNER
KC Lights (Toolroom Productions)
Rathbone Place (Good Company Records)
Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company)

Best Creative Campaign in association with Able
Fontaines D.C. – ‘Skinty Fia’ campaign from Partisan Records
Maylee Todd – ‘Maloo campaign from Stones Throw Records WINNER
Mitski – ‘Laurel Hell’ campaign from Dead Oceans
Obongjayar – ‘Some Nights I Dream of Doors’ campaign from September Recordings
Radiohead – ‘KID A MNESIA’ campaign from XL Recordings

Best Independent Label
Domino Recording Company
Ninja Tune
Partisan Records
Rough Trade Records WINNER
Soundway Records

Best Boutique Label
Chess Club
Edition Records
Finesse Foreva
Local Action WINNER
Rough Bones

Independent Champion in association with MCPS
Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot of [PIAS] WINNER

Music Entrepreneur Of The Year
Corey Johnson – CEO & Founder of Defenders Ent. WINNER
Jamie Oborne – Founder of Dirty Hit/All On Red Management
Karen Emanuel – CEO & Founder of Key Production
Laura Lewis-Paul – CEO & Founder of Saffron Music
Peter Adarkwah – Label Owner of BBE Music

Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio dead at 59

U.S. rapper Coolio has passed away at the age of 59.

The star, who garnered worldwide fame after the release of his chart-topping 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed.

Jarez told TMZ that paramedics were called and pronounced Coolio dead at the scene – they suspect he suffered a cardiac arrest. An official cause of death has not been determined.

Law enforcement sources stated to the news site that no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found at the scene. An autopsy and toxicology test will be used to determine an official cause of death.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in August 1963, Coolio recorded his first single, Whatcha Gonna Do?, in 1987.

His biggest hit came eight years later with the release of Gangsta’s Paradise featuring R&B singer L.V., for the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds. The track interpolates Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song Pastime Paradise, and the music video featured Pfeiffer and was directed by future Training Day filmmaker Antoine Fuqua.

It spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand.

The song was listed at number 85 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time and was the number one biggest-selling single of 1995 in America.

Coolio is survived by his six children.