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Aim Independent Music Award shortlist unveiled

The xx at the Brits awards in February 2011
Image caption Mercury Prize winners The xx failed to win a Brit award in February

Adele, Friendly Fires and The xx, who are all signed to the same record label, have been shortlisted for the Aim Independent Music Awards.

XL Recordings, which also looks after The Horrors and Vampire Weekend, saw their artists win seven nominations.

The Association of Independent Music announced it was launching The Aim awards to honour British indie artists, in July.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 10 November.

Bjork will receive the outstanding contribution to music award, and Domino Recording Company's founder Laurence Bell is this year's recipient of the Pioneer Award.

The awards were created in response to the lack of recognition for independent artists at mainstream awards, such as the Brits.

Speaking in July, Chairman and CEO of AIM Alison Wenham told the BBC that the ceremony would "reflect the diversity and brilliance" of the UK's independent scene.

In the best difficult second album category Adele's 21 competes against Friendly Fires' Pala, both of which were released by XL Recordings.

Other nominees include Bon Iver's eponymous album, Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes and Toddla T's Watch Me Dance.

Adele's second nomination comes for the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) most played artist prize.

Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and The xx complete the category.

Two more XL artists, The Horrors and SBTRKT, will vye for the independent breakthrough of the year award, alongside The Horizon and Caro Emerald.

Ms Wenham said: "In its first year, the AIM Awards have already shone a bright light on some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry.

"The response to the awards has been incredible, and signals the start of a new era in recognising a whole new measure of talent and success in music".

AIM was established in 1999 and represents over 800 members working within the UK's independent music industry.

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