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How the UK Americana Awards are decided

The nominated artists, songs and albums are the result of AMA-UK's uniquely open and member-driven process. We ask our entire membership to nominate in each category, and then the board use that data as a guide to compile the final shortlist. The members then vote for their favourites to produce the winners. The voting data is then audited by  MGR Weston Key LLP Chartered Accountants to ensure that every vote is counted.

The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award is selected by Bob Harris OBE, and celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year.

AMA-UK works with The Official Charts Company to create the UK Americana Album Chart. The Best Selling Americana Album Award is given to the best selling Americana Album by a UK Artist.

Selected by the board members, the Grassroots 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 Trailblazer Award is 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 Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by the board members, our highest honour is 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.


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