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Stormzy and Rina Sawayama have been announced as winners at the AIM Awards 2022, for their outstanding and ground-breaking work in the music industry.
Fresh off a big single release, it has been announced that Stormzy will be taking home the Diversity Champion Award at the Aim Awards 2022. Alongside him, pop-icon Rina Sawayama will be receiving the Innovator Award for her visionary music videos and work within the recording studio.
Committed to using his platform to fight inequalities in the music industry beyond, the Stormzy Scholarship has provided financial support for 19 UK Black students to attend Cambridge University since its launch in 2018. In 2017, the University admitted 58 Black British students to undergraduate degree courses, rising to 137 in 2020 – coined ‘The Stormzy Effect’. The #Merky Foundation was also founded by the musician and works to fight racial inequalities, for justice reform, against discrimination and more within the Black community.
Rina’s sophomore album is also being honored, as part of the ‘Innovator Award in association with Amazon Music’. The accolade is a nod to her creative vision within independent music, for her work since debut ‘SAWAYAMA’. Her work with video director Ali Kaur has consistently raised the bar for high production music videos, offering viewers state-of-the-art projects. Also modelling for Versace and Balmain, Rina is undoubtedly trailblazing a path for many to follow.
The 2022 Awards will be hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target and host and presenter Joelah Noble on 28th September at London’s Roundhouse. With performances from The Libertines and Lethal Bizzle, they’ll be joined by rising star Pixey. Live show tickets are available here.