This year's AIM Awards sought to celebrate the great and the good in the music industry praising those achievements that sometimes go unnoticed. Only into its second year, the Association of Independent Music is already facing grave issues such as Universal's takeover of EMI, but all gloom and doom aside; last night showed there's still plenty of hope for the Independent Music Industry.

Awards ranged from the typical Best Live Act and Independent Act of the Year to the more inventive Best Difficult Second Album and Genre Spotlight Award, as well including special mentions for those who keep it all going with nominations for Indie Champion and Independent Entrepreneur of the Year.

The first winner of the night was a mark of what these awards are all about as Black Butter Records picked up Best Small Label. As the boys from Black Butter came through I grabbed a quick word with them:

After this, not only was the booze flowing freely but the winners were coming thick and fast and next to brave the media room were the winners of Hardest Working Band, 65daysofstatic.

The guys from Sheffield were thrilled that their unrelenting toiling in the music industry for the last decade had finally been recognised by their peers but were keen to stress that although these awards mean a lot to them it is still all about their fans:

Now in a year where so many festivals had struggled with weather and poor tickets sales regardless of their size, the award for Best Independent Festival was a huge accolade. It was the night's only award where fans could vote for the winners by going to thisisfakediy.com. Once the winners of LeeFest picked up the award I was quick to pounce and congratulate:

One of the most hotly contested categories was that for Indie Champion Award with co-host of the night, Steve Lamacq up for contention as well as other strong contenders such as Shell Zenner. But it was Ian Evans who emerged with the well earned prize after the dust had settled.

Derby may not be one of the recognised musical hotspots in the country but thanks to Ian's work with IME Music it is making leaps and bounds:

It was a big night for Simon Raymonde. Not only was his successful label, Bella Union, up for Independent Label of the Year but also Simon himself was also nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year. Having been pipped to the post by 4AD for the former award, I caught up with Simon after he had grabbed the latter:

Edwyn Collins received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and given to him by Vic Godard of Subway Sect fame and Frankie & the Heartstrings, whose debut album he produced. Daniel Miller was the star of the show as he was awarded the Pioneer Award to celebrate and highlight a career spanning three decades, which have fundamentally helped improve the Independent Music sector.