The 2012 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards took place last night and as with recent years punters have again questioned what is really ment by independent.

On accepting yet another award for his highly successful sophomore album ‘Falling & Flying’, rapper 360 said, “This doesn’t feel right, but at the same time I’m feeling honoured.”

360 (aka Matt Colwell) was, referring, to his association with EMI, who distributes his records in partnership with his own label, Soulmate. It once again reiterated just how blurred the line is becoming between “indie” and “major”. AIR – the organisation that runs these awards – defines an independent label as a company that is 100 percent Australian, owns the master rights for recorded music and “exploits” it for commercial gain.)

Earlier in the night, a heckler yelled out “not independent” when Lanie Lane went up to accept her award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album. Her debut album To The Horses was put out through The Ivy League, which despite being distributed through Universal, conforms to AIR’s guidelines.

2012 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards

Breakthrough Independent Artist – Chet Faker
Best Independent Single/EP – Chet Faker Thinking In Textures
Best Independent Album – Royal Headache Royal Headache
Best Independent Artist – The Jezabels
Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – 360 Falling & Flying
Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album – DZ Deathrays Bloodstreams
Best Independent Label – Elefant Traks
Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single – Tom Piper & Daniel Harley LGFU
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Hermitude HyperParadise
Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Lanie Lane To The Horses
Best Independent Country Album – Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors My Little River
Best Independent Jazz Album – Mike Nock Trio Plus Hear And Know