The third annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire; a move to a larger venue due to the increasing popularity of the event.
The Americana Music Association UK has chosen iconic singer, songwriter and musician Robert Plant to receive its highest honour, the 2018 UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music.
“We are so excited to announce that Robert Plant will be accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The award is our highest honour and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient. Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock’n’roll, through the seventies 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.” Stevie Freeman, CEO The Americana Music Association UK.
The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award will be given to up and coming London based four-piece The Wandering Hearts. “I’m thrilled and honoured to be hosting the 3rd annual AMA-UK Awards at Hackney Empire on Feb 1st and personally excited and proud to announce that ‘The Wandering Hearts‘ are the recipients of the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award for 2018. I love this band.” Bob Harris OBE
“We are chuffed beyond belief to receive the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award from the AMA-UK. We are overwhelmed to be acknowledged at this stage of our career and to be recognised by the legend that is Bob Harris, makes it even more incredible.” The Wandering Hearts
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The announcements took place at the press launch for the 2018 UK Americana Awards, held at Gibson Studio in London on 7th November and co-presented by US singer-songwriters The Secret Sisters, on a London tour-stop, and broadcaster Baylen Leonard.
The nominations shortlist for the seven membership-voted Awards was also announced and the winners will be revealed at the third annual Awards show on Thursday 1st February 2018 at Hackney Empire. The show will be hosted by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris and will feature performances from nominees and award winners, including Robert Plant and The Wandering Hearts.
The Awards show coincides with the second anniversary of the Official Americana Albums Chart, which was launched in 2016 by the Official Charts Company in partnership with the AMA-UK and is published each week on OfficialCharts.com. To celebrate the occasion, the best-selling UK Americana album of 2017 will be recognised with a special award.
Voting now open
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