South London artists have won numerous awards at a musical event.
Arlo Parks and ENNY won awards in two categories each at the AIM Awards last week.
After winning the One To Watch in 2020, Hammersmith-bred Arlo Parks took home the UK Independent Breakthrough and Best Independent Album trophies.
She said: “I want to say a big thank you to my fans and my team, I am grateful to grow every day as a freelance artist and this time has been so difficult, so chaotic and so confusing, so to be able to bring the light to people in this time of need has been really special ”
One of the fastest rising stars on the market, Arlo Parks’ debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, reached No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart.
Another artist with two wins to his name for 2021 is Thamesmead’s ENNY, who triumphed in the Best Independent Track category for Peng Black Girls ft. Amia Brave.
She also won the One To Watch Award in association with BBC Music Introducing. ENNY said: “Very unexpected, especially how early it all started, so I’m really filled with a lot of gratitude.
“I want to expand my team and everyone who has been on this journey so far.”
The awards ceremony was broadcast live and watch evenings were held across the country.
Viewers attended performances throughout the ceremony, including Lava La Rue, Tricky, Working Men’s Club and ENNY.
Other South Londoners nominated for awards included AJ Tracey and DJ Shygirl. Brixton-born rapper and producer AJ Tracey has been nominated twice, having won the Innovator Award last year.
AJ Tracey received nominations for Best [Difficult] Second album and best creative packaging for his album Flu Game.
Blackheath rapper and DJ Shygirl was nominated for Best Independent Song for her song Tasty, but lost to ENNY.
AIM Chief Executive Officer Paul Pacifico said: “After going through one of the most difficult times in music history, this year’s awards celebrate the humanity at the heart of the music community. independent.
“The relationships between people, be they artists and their teams, independent distributors, platforms and independent record stores, survive and thrive despite the challenges of the day.
“And of course the fans, the people who make it all happen.
“We are a mutually reinforcing and successful community. Congratulations to all our winners.
Photos: ENNY and (inset) Arlo Parks