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Friday 19 September 2014

Collins in independent music award

Edwyn Collins has been given an AIM award

Musician Edwyn Collins, who almost died from a brain haemorrhage seven years ago, was tonight honoured for his contribution to the music industry.

The former Orange Juice frontman was celebrated at the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards for his 30-plus years of music-making.

Another honorary prize - the pioneer award - went to Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records, which propelled acts such as Depeche Mode and Moby to fame, among many others.

Edwyn's life was shattered in 2005 when he suffered a stroke and two haemorrhages then later contracted MRSA. The 53-year-old, whose hits include A Girl Like You, was left unable to walk, talk or read as a result.

But he has bounced back to record again, as well as working as a producer and publishing a book of his illustrations of British birds.

Daniel had his own short-lived musical career with his electronic act The Normal - whose track Warm Leatherette was covered by Grace Jones - before working behind the scenes on his label which has supported the careers of acts such as Nick Cave.

The awards - staged at The Brewery in Clerkenwell, London - celebrate acts and labels from the independent music sector.

Former Cocteau Twins star Simon Raymonde was named independent entrepreneur of the year for his label Bella Union, home to acts such as Fleet Foxes and The Walkmen.

Adele collected an award for being the most played independent act and Prodigy were named best live act, while Mercury Music Prize nominees Alt-J were named independent breakthrough of the year.

Alison Wenham, the chief executive officer of AIM, said: "This list of winners is like no other, and truly reflects the breadth of talent and diversity in the independent sector."

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