Nominations for the third annual UK Americana Awards have been unveiled ahead of the ceremony at Hackney Empire on February 1. Shortlisted artists include The War On Drugs, Courtney Marie Andrews and Imelda May.
It has also been announced that the Americana Music Association UK has chosen Robert Plant to receive the 2018 UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The award is our highest honour and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient,” said Stevie Freeman, CEO Americana Music Association UK. “Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock ’n’ roll, through the ’70s with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, to a solo career that has never stood still, Robert Plant has introduced countless millions of music lovers to American roots music.
“In 2007 he released the iconic Raising Sand album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, creating new fusions in the Americana world and garnering six Grammys along the way. His latest album, Carry Fire, continues to combine elements of American roots and blues with folk styles from the UK and beyond.”
The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award will be given to up-and-coming London based four-piece The Wandering Hearts.
The award is our highest honour and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient
Newly-established for 2018 and selected by the AMA-UK board members, The Grass Roots Award celebrates unsung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to people working in the industry who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grass roots up. The first winners are Come Down & Meet The Folks, Alan Tyler & Big Steve.
The awards launch was held at Gibson Studio in London and co-presented by US singer-songwriters The Secret Sisters with broadcaster Baylen Leonard.
The awards show will be hosted by Bob Harris and will feature performances from nominees and award winners, including Robert Plant and The Wandering Hearts.
To celebrate the second anniversary of the Official Americana Albums Chart, the bestselling UK Americana album of 2017 will be recognised with a special award.
The full list of nominees is below:
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 Want To Be An Outlaw by Steve Earle & The Dukes (produced by Richard Bennett)
The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell (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)
Thirteen Silver Dollars by Colter Wall (written by Colter Wall)
Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)
UK Artist of the Year
Danny & The Champions of The World
International Artist of the Year
Courtney Marie Andrews
UK Instrumentalist of the Year