During the UK Americana Awards 2022, broadcast via Youtube this evening, The Americana Music Association UK, in conjunction with The Official Charts Company, was delighted to announce that Barry Gibb has won this year’s Award for the best-selling Americana Album by a UK Artist, for his magnificent album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook Vol.1.
Meanwhile, Allison Russell and Yola were both double-winners in the seven member-voted Awards. Allison scooped International Artist of the Year and International Album of the Year for ‘Outside Child’, whilst Yola won in the UK equivalent categories, UK Artist of the Year and UK Album of the Year for ‘Stand For Myself’.
Lady Nade won the award for UK Song of the Year with “Willing”, Brandi Carlile for International Song of the Year with “Right On Time”, and Michele Stodart for UK Instrumentalist of the Year.
The all-female winners’ line-up, including three women of colour, is especially gratifying for The Americana Music Association UK, reflecting its commitment to diversity since signing up to the Keychange pledge in 2018 and its focus on inclusion since the Black Lives Matter Movement re-ignited the need to prioritise these goals.
As previously announced, Lucinda Williams took home the International Lifetime Achievement Award, Beth Orton the Trailblazer Award, The Long Ryders the International Trailblazer Award, Lauren Housley the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award and Tom Bridgewater of Loose Music the Grass Roots Award.
The UK Americana Awards Show 2022 was hosted by broadcasters Baylen Leonard and Bob Harris and featured an array of superb performances from Kiefer Sutherland, Allison Russell, Lauren Housley, Lady Nade, Elles Bailey, Sierra Ferrell, Amythyst Kiah, Memorial, The Wandering Hearts, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Sid Griffin of The Long Ryders with the house band led by Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers).
You can rewatch the awards ceremony and performances below!