Only three years old yet the UK Americana Awards jamboree is already established as THE showcase for all that is great and good in these benighted times. With two days of conferences, panel discussions and live shows featuring acts from across the UK, the event culminated last night with the Awards show held at The Hackney Empire.
Hosted again by Bob Harris there was live music from Robert Vincent, The Wandering Hearts, Emily Barker, Imelda May, Courtney Marie Andrews, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Worry Dolls, Angaleena Presley and Mumford & Sons. Star guest of the evening was Robert Plant, there to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and of course old Percy couldn’t stop himself from getting up on stage to sing along with Mumford & Sons.
Americana UK was there and tweeted all the results live but here’s a handy catch up for all those who weren’t glued to our Twitter feed…
And the winners were…
Lifetime Achievement Award – Robert Plant
Trailblazer Award- Mumford & Sons
The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award – The Wandering Hearts
Grass Roots Award – Come Down And Meet The Folks
Best Selling Americana Album – Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Carry Fire
UK Album of The Year – Robert Vincent – I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins
International Album of The Year – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
UK Artist of The Year – Emily Barker
International Artist of The Year – Courtney Marie Andrews
UK Song of The Year – Home by Yola Carter
International Song of The Year – Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw
UK Instrumentalist of The Year – Thomas Collison
All that and Sir Patrick Stewart beaming down to present one of the awards, a glittering night indeed.