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Avelino, RAYE, Shygirl and Björk were the big winners at Tuesday night’s AIM Awards, which celebrate the best of the independent sector in the U.K.

Rapper Avelino took home Best Independent Album for his widely praised debut, God Save the Streets (More Music/OddChild Music). The set hit #12 on the U.K. albums chart on its release in April.

RAYE’s global hit “Escapism” f/070 Shake (Human Re Sources) was crowned Best Independent Track. Rapper and DJ Shygirl, who is signed to Because Music, was named U.K. Independent Breakthrough following the arrival of her debut, Nymph, last year. Björk was crowned Best Live Performer.

Other honorees included Domino’s Wet Leg (Most Played) and Lebanese/British rapper Laughta was named One To Watch. On the business side, Hospital Records got Best Independent Label and Rough Bones Best Boutique Label.

Music Entrepreneur of the Year went to Young founder Caius Pawson. You’ll find the full list of winners here.