The Americana Music Association (UK) held their award show last night – with a reduced audience at The Sound Lounge and a larger audience for the live stream on Youtube (which you can catch here). There’s some great live performances as well as video links, well worth a watch. The great Allison Russell and the also great Yola were both double award winners, whilst Tom Bridgewater of Loose Music was awarded the prestigious Grass Roots Award. The Long Ryders got the Trailblazer award ‘natch.
But, you’ll want to know all the winners right now, so without further ado here’s the whole list as provided by AMA-UK (thanks Claire!).
International Lifetime Achievement Award
Selected by the board members, our highest honour is awarded to an international artist, duo or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of their career and life in music. The 2022 recipient is Lucinda Williams.
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre. The 2022 recipient is Beth Orton.
International Trailblazer Award
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre. The 2022 recipient is The Long Ryders. (Hell Yeah!)
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award
Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. The 2022 recipient is Lauren Housley.
Best Selling Americana Album
AMA-UK works with The Official Charts Company to create the UK Americana Album Chart. This Award is given to the best-selling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2022 recipient is Barry Gibb. On news of his award, Barry Gibb said: “This is a wonderful thing! I would really like to thank the UK Americana Awards for recognising this album. It’s amazing that this can happen to me at this point in my life. I really am grateful to a lot of people. Firstly, my son Stephen who brought this wonderful idea to my attention. He played me a Chris Stapleton record which blew my socks off and inspired this album. I would also like to thank Dave Cobb for his passion, his patience, and his wonderful team. I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the legendary artists that took part. Making an album like this is a labour of love. Once again, thank you very much!”
Grass Roots Award
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates the sometimes un-sung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to individuals working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grass roots up. The 2022 recipient is Tom Bridgewater from Loose Music, Independent Record Label.
AMA-UK Member Voted Awards (Nominees and Winner)
UK Album of the Year
Click Click Domino by Ida Mae (produced by Christopher Turpin)
Good Woman by The Staves (produced by John Congleton)
The Wandering Hearts by The Wandering Hearts (produced by Simone Felice, David Baron, Mike Mogis and The Wandering Hearts)
Stand For Myself by Yola (produced by Dan Auerbach) WINNER
International Album of the Year
Wary + Strange by Amythyst Kiah (produced by Tony Berg and Amythyst Kiah)
Outside Child by Allison Russell (produced by Dan Knobler) WINNER
Arrivals by Declan O’Rourke (produced by Paul Weller)
Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! by Aaron Lee Tasjan (produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Gregory Lattimer)
UK Song of the Year
This Ain’t The Life by Lauren Housley (written by Lauren Housley)
Eye to Eye by John Smith feat. Sarah Jarosz (written by John Smith and Sarah Siskind)
Latchkey by Memorial (written by Jack Watts and Oliver Spalding)
Willing by Lady Nade (written by Lady Nade) WINNER
International Song of the Year
Never Said A Word by Judy Blank & Dylan Earl (written by Judy Blank & Dylan Earl)
Sweet Misery by Tré Burt (written by Tré Burt)
Right on Time by Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth) WINNER
Jeremiah by Sierra Ferrell (written by Sierra Ferrell)
UK Artist of the Year
International Artist of the Year
Allison Russell WINNER
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Michele Stodart WINNER
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