UK Americana Awards 2017

UK Americana Awards Nominations Process

Only members of the AMA-UK in good standing can take part in the nomination and voting process for our annual awards. Members should log in (using the link at the top right of the page) and then proceed to the Nominate page.

  • Nominations will be accepted for seven awards:
    UK Album of the Year
    International Album of the Year
    UK Artist of the Year
    International Artist of the Year
    UK Song of the Year
    International Song of the Year
    UK Instrumentalist of the Year

Award eligibility period

The eligibility period for each award is 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017.

Nomination period

Nominations will open on 4th October 2017 and close on 16th October 2017.

Nomination Criteria

UK Album of the Year – for Americana albums released by UK artists within the eligibility period
UK Song of the Year – for Americana songs released by UK artists (either separately or on an album or EP) within the eligibility period
UK Artist of the Year – for UK artists who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period
UK Instrumentalist of the Year – for UK Americana musicians who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through performing on an album or song, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period

International Album of the Year – for Americana albums released in the UK by international artists within the eligibility period
International Song of the Year – for Americana songs released in the UK by international artists (either separately or on an album or EP) within the eligibility period
International Artist of the Year – for international artists who have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity in the UK, whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period

UK artists are individuals, duos or groups whose members hold a British passport or ILR and are tax resident in the UK during the eligibility period. Any group that has non-UK members would normally be considered International. However, those with at least 50%* UK members may appeal to the AMA-UK board to be classed as a UK Artist.

International artists are all artists not fulfilling the criteria for UK artists.

* for clarity: this means that a duo with one UK member and one international member would need to apply to the AMA-UK board if they wished to be considered as a UK artist; a trio with two UK members and one international member can appeal to the board to be classed as a UK Artist; a trio with two international members and only one UK member will automatically be classed as International and cannot appeal for UK Artist status. The board’s decision on any appeal is final. Note that this does not apply in the case of Song of the Year: the Song awards are for honouring exemplary songwriting – any UK songwriter who is a credited cowriter on an eligible Americana song can be nominated no matter how many other songwriters (UK or International) are also credited on the same song.

Who can nominate?

  • – You must be a Member: if you are not yet a member, please join us now!
  • You must be logged in to the Members area of the website to participate in the nominations process.
  • – Each member can send up to three nominations per award category.
  • – Artist members are allowed to nominate themselves if they so wish.
  • – You can nominate the same artist for different awards.
  • – You can nominate artists who are not themselves members of the AMA-UK.
  • – Any genre definition will always be a grey area, with moving goalposts: if you think an artist, album or song is Americana, then just go ahead and nominate them.
  • – Once you have submitted your nominations, you will not be able to change them.
  • – Once the nomination period has ended no further nominations will be accepted.
  • – All the nominations will be collated and presented to the AMA-UK board, who will draw up a shortlist for each award.
  • – The shortlist will go forward to the voting process, which will open shortly afterwards.

Previous Winners

2016
2017