Lethal Bizzle is to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution trophy at the AIM Independent Music Awards next month.
The UK rapper will also perform a set as part of the awards on September 28 at the Roundhouse in London. Lethal Bizzle recently marked his 20th anniversary with a joint interview with manager Nadia Khan in Music Week.
Lethal Bizzle’s AIM performance will include the Top 20 self-released single Rari WorkOut, as well as hits Fester Skank and Pow! (Forward). The latter track peaked at No.11 in late 2004, despite being banned in some clubs and not getting radio support.
On hearing news of the Outstanding Contribution Award, Lethal Bizzle said: “It’s nice to get your flowers when you can still smell them.”
A third act is set to be announced for the AIM Awards Live Show, and tickets are on sale now here. Fans can attend the live show, which takes place at 8pm following the ceremony. The live element to the awards launched in 2019.
The Local Heroes category, in association with BBC Music Introducing, also makes its return.
These include Sheffield’s grassroots venue The Leadmill, whose resilience throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns saw them host an array of virtual gigs and DJ sets to keep the local music scene alive.
The team behind London's Vocal Girls are also recognised for their work championing emerging talent, with a focus on supporting marginalised genders and creating a positive change in the industry. Wild Paths Festival, Cumbria's Loud & Queer host Melanie Baker and Northern Ireland's Glasgowbury showrunner Stella Glasgow are also among this year’s Local Heroes.
Full List Of Local Heroes Winners
Arxx — BBC Introducing Sussex & Surrey
Hyphen (Aadarsh) — BBC Introducing Solent
Callum Given — BBC Introducing Suffolk
Sam Dabb — BBC Introducing Wales
Lewis Bates (LP Tripp) — BBC Introducing in Shropshire
Luke Simons— BBC Music Introducing Hereford & Worcester
Parisa East — BBC Introducing East Midlands
Intercultural Youth Scotland; Block Beats — BBC Introducing Scotland
SoSlam — BBC Introducing Essex
Chris Dixon — BBC Introducing in Kent
Vocal Girls — BBC Introducing in London
Wild Paths Festival — BBC Introducing in Norfolk
The Florrie — BBC Introducing Merseyside
Lay It Down — BBC introducing In Northampton
Miss Terious — BBC Music Introducing in Coventry & Warwickshire
Mark Page — BBC Introducing on Radio Humberside
Rhiannon Bell-Jackson — BBC Introducing Berkshire
The Leadmill— BBC introducing Sheffield
Dave Harper — BBC Introducing North East
Dave Maul — BBC Introducing in Berkshire
Melanie Baker — BBC Music Introducing in Cumbria
Ben Nixon and Rich Hearn (Your City Festival Organisers) — BBC Introducing Stoke
Cipher Shayaam — BBC Introducing West Midlands
Henry Carden — BBC Introducing Tees
Kingsley Boyden — BBC Introducing Oxfordshire
Danny Fahey (Thirty Pound Gentleman)— BBC Introducing Manchester
Samuel Nicholls (Whiskas) — BBC Introducing West Yorkshire
David Keenan — BBC Introducing The Channel Islands
Richard Pitt — BBC Introducing in the West
Connie Jarvis — BBC Introducing Lincolnshire
Stella Glasgow — BBC Introducing Northern Ireland
Gareth Barber — BBC Introducing Beds, Herts and Bucks