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AMA-UK announce UK Americana Awards 2021 nominees

19 November 2020 Featured news

The UK Americana Music Association (AMA-UK) have shared the nominees for the UK Americana Awards 2021, along with some winners.

Both Laura Marling and Robert Vincent are up for UK Artist of the Year and UK Album of the Year, while Yola also has two nominations – one for UK Song of the Year, while she is also rivalling Marling and Vincent for UK Artist of the Year.

Meanwhile, Margo Price has been nominated for International Album of the Year, while Jason Isbell has been put forward for International Artist of the Year.

There are some legacy awards, too – with Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie being awarded the Trailblazer Award, Elvis Costello the Lifetime Achievement Award and a new Songwriter Legacy Award has been brought in to celebrate John Prine.

Speaking about the awards, Stevie Smith – CEO of the AMA-UK – said that she and the board are very driven in getting the event to go ahead on a digital basis and hopes that it can provide some lift after a challenging year.

“Throughout the shared trauma of the 2020 pandemic, the creative sector has been incredible in the way they helped keep others’ spirits high with their music,” Smith said. “The Board of the AMAUK is determined to create an event to bring us all together again.

“Even if we can’t travel and be in the same room, we can still gather in the same space online to celebrate those artists who have been brave enough to release music in recent months or used their platform for good causes.”

The award nominees/winners are as follows:

UK Song of the Year

I Should Be On A Train – Ferris and Sylvester
Aint One Thing – Lady Nade
Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof) – Our Man In The Field
I Don’t Wanna Lie – Yola 

UK Album of the Year

‘A Dark Murmuration of Words’ – Emily Barker
‘Song For Our Daughter’ – Laura Marling
‘In This Town You’re Owned’ – Robert Vincent
‘Hannah White and The Nordic Connections’ – Hannah White

UK Artist of the Year

Emily Barker
Laura Marling
Robert Vincent

UK Instrumentalist of the Year

Anna Corcoran
Lukas Drinkwater
Martin Harley
Michele Stodart 

International Song of the Year

Welcome to Hard Times – Charley Crockett
Brightest Star – Lilly Hiatt
Already Dead by Austin Lucas
Hand Over My Heart – The Secret Sisters

International Album of the Year

‘Lamentations’ by American Aquarium
‘Old Flowers’ – Courtney Marie Andrews
‘Thats How Rumors Get Started’ – Margo Price
‘Expectations’ – Katie Pruitt

International Artist of the Year

Courtney Marie Andrews
Jason Isbell
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Lucinda Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award

Elvis Costello

International Lifetime Achievement Award

Mavis Staples

Trailblazer Award

Christine McVie

International Trailblazer Award

Steve Earle

Songwriter Legacy Award

John Prine

Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award

Robbie Cavannagh and Demin Marriner

Grassroots Award

Music Venue Trust – Mart Davyd and Beverly Whitrick