Lucinda Williams to receive the International Lifetime Achievement Award, Beth Orton is this year’s Trailblazer recipient
Nominations Shortlist Announced (see below)
with extreme sadness the UK Americana Music Week in Hackney in London, January 24th to 27th 2022 had to be cancelled due to Omicron Covid variant. However the AMA-UK team have managed to organise an ONLINE UK Americana Awards Show FREE to all to view on YOUTUBE January 27th. at 7pm - we have an incredible show for you which will combine live performances from UK nominees and international nominees and lots of very special guests - co hosted by Bob Harris and Baylen Leonard
Speaking of her award, Lucinda Williams said: "I am so honored to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association UK. Coming now, at the end of a rollercoaster year and a half of both the professional challenges that we’ve all faced as well as a serious personal health issue. Let me just say that it feels especially rewarding. This past year and a half has definitely not been all bad as with any rollercoaster ride, there are peaks. I had so much fun working on my Jukebox series and the fact that it has been so well embraced in the UK is very special. One of the most disappointing things on the other hand was that we lost multiple planned trips to the UK, so I can’t wait to get back whenever we get back to some sense of normalcy. Thank you so much for this Award! You have no idea how much this means to me right now."
Beth Orton said “I am thrilled be recognised as a trailblazer by the board of the Americana Music Association. Classic Americana songwriters from Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris to Lucinda Williams and John Prine have always been songwriters I hold in the highest esteem. I have drawn inspiration from the wellspring of that timeless music and to have that acknowledged means a great deal to me.”
The Long Ryders commented: “The Long Ryders are thrilled to the gills at receiving the International Trailblazer Award from our friends at Americana Music Association UK. We truly are honoured at being noticed by such a distinguished crowd and cannot wait for the big night in January. This is complete proof of the old saying, "you stick around long enough you become respectable and admired!”.
In addition, the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award goes to Lauren Housley and the Grassroots Award goes to Loose Music’s Tom Bridgewater. The award for the Best-Selling Americana Album by a UK artist, presented in conjunction with The Official Charts Company (OCC), will be announced in January.
The nominations for UK and International Songs of the Year, Albums of the Year and Artists of the Year and UK Instrumentalist of the Year, voted upon by the AMA-UK membership, follow below, alongside further details of the AMA-UK board special awards.
Stevie Smith, CEO AMA-UK, remarked “It’s hard to express how exciting it is to be launching the 2022 event after such tumultuous years in the music business. After a successful campaign to ensure gender balance across the event our focus has rightly moved to diversity, ensuring we create opportunities for all - we are so happy to be presenting some really wonderful new artists to you this year from our UK’s own Simeon Hammond Dallas and Lady Nade to Miko Marks and Trè Burt from USA, we have some really innovative artists coming who are pushing the boundaries of the genre like James Riley and Mom & The Rebels. - and this is exactly why we LOVE Americana so much, because it’s always evolving and reinventing itself.”
About the AMA-UK
The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of Americana music in the UK. Our membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus individuals and organisations from all sectors of the music industry, including; agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring crew, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.
We are committed to treating all artists and associated parties equally regardless of their gender status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, age or disability. We are always listening and learning from our membership and strive to ensure we provide a safe environment that allows all to feel welcome, safe and able to contribute.
Previous recipients of our Special Awards have included Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, Billy Bragg, Van Morrison, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee, Graham Nash, Joan Armatrading and many more. The show is hosted by Bob Harris OBE and awards have been presented by Sir Patrick Stewart, Jools Holland, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Difford, Ricky Ross, Harry Shearer, Timothy B. Schmidt, Jim Lauderdale and Kiki Dee, amongst many others.
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 will be 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 will be 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 will be The Long Ryders.
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 will be 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 will be announced in January.
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.
UK Album of the Year
International Album of the Year
UK Song of the Year
International Song of the Year
UK Artist of the Year
International Artist of the Year
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
UK Americana Music Week is a combined conference, awards show and showcasing music festival held in multiple venues around Hackney Central, London. Tickets are available to the public: a combined conference, awards and showcasing ticket, awards show only ticket, or a showcasing wristband with admission to 70 shows in six venues. For more info visit theamauk.org/event
Awkward Family Portraits
Eddy Smith & The 507
Ferris & Sylvester
Georgia Van Etten
Jack & Tim
Mom + The Rebels
Police Dog Hogan
Simeon Hammond Dallas
The Jellyman's Daughter
The People Versus
Them Dirty Dimes
+ more to come
Canada House Showcase:
Megan Nash & the Best of Intentions
The Hello Darlins
Jansen & Die With Your Boots On Records (Norway) presents:
The Northern Belle
Signe Marie Rustad
Loose Music presents:
Danny George Wilson
The Hanging Stars
+ more to come