Here’s your nominations for the 2018 UK Americana Awards

So much talent in one pot, it’s going to be hard to pick a winner. 

Taking place at the beautiful Hackney Empire on 1 February, the UK Americana Awards will honor the best of what British Americana music has to offer. The show will once again be hosted by the legendary broadcaster Bob Harris OBE, with Ethan Johns the American Music Association’s musical director.

UK Album of the Year

  • Brilliant Light by Danny & The Champions of The World (produced by Chris Clarke)
  • I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins by Robert Vincent (produced by Robert Vincent, Michael Gay and Etienne Girard)
  • Proud Disturber Of The Peace by William The Conqueror (produced by Ruarri Joseph and Harry Harding)
  • Sweet Kind Of Blue by Emily Barker (produced by Matt Ross-Spang)

International Album of the Year

  • A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs (produced by Adam Granduciel)
  • Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Courtney Marie Andrews)
  • So You Wanna Be An Outlaw by Steve Earle & The Dukes (produced by Richard Bennett)
  • The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (produced by Dave Cobb)

UK Song of the Year

  • Devon Brigade by Police Dog Hogan (written by James Studholme)
  • Endless Road by Worry Dolls (written by Zoe Nicol, Rosie Jones and Jeff Cohen)
  • Home by Yola Carter (written by Yola Carter)
  • Moonshine by Foy Vance (written by Foy Vance)

International Song of the Year

  • Pa’lante by Hurray For The Riff Raff (written by Alynda Segarra and Pedro Pietri)
  • Ready To Die by Aaron Lee Tasjan (written by Aaron Lee Tasjan)
  • Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)
  • Thirteen Silver Dollars by Colter Wall (written by Colter Wall)

UK Artist of the Year

  • Danni Nicholls
  • Danny & The Champions of The World
  • Emily Barker
  • Laura Marling

International Artist of the Year

  • Angaleena Presley
  • Courtney Marie Andrews
  • Imelda May
  • Rhiannon Giddens

UK Instrumentalist of the Year

  • Georgina Leach
  • Kit Hawes
  • Harry Harding
  • Thomas Collison

This year’s special awards include recipients Robert Plant, The Wandering Hearts and more! 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Selected by the board members, this is the highest honour awarded to a UK artist, duo or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of their career and life in music. In 2018 this award will go to Robert Plant.

Trailblazer Award

Also 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 recipient will be named later on this year in December.

Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award

Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. In 2018 this award will go to The Wandering Hearts.

Best Selling Americana Album

The 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 and will be announced in January.

Grass Roots Award

The Grass Roots Award is also selected by the board members and 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 2018 recipients are Alan Tyler & Steve Arlene.


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