The fourth annual UK Americana Awards show took place last night at Hackney Empire in London. Hosted by Bob Harris OBE, the awards show included performances from Bennett Wilson Poole, Jade Bird, Mary Gauthier, Ben Glover, Graham Nash, Rhiannon Giddens, Curse of Lono, Isreal Nash and more.
We were thrilled to see Proper distributed acts including Ben Glover, Dean Owens and Mary Gauthier presented with awards, you can find all of the winners below.
The awards celebrate the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community and we’re proud to once again be sponsors for the awards show and conference.
UK Album of the Year
- Winner: Shorebound – Ben Glover (produced by Neilson Hubbard and Ben Glover)
- All On Red – Orphan Colours (produced by Steve Llewellyn, Fred Abbott and Rupert Christie)
- Bennett Wilson Poole – Bennett Wilson Poole (produced by Tony Poole)
- Treetop Flyers – Treetop Flyers (produced by Reid Morrison, Sam Beer and Laurie Sherman)
International Album of the Year
- Winner: May Your Kindness Remain – Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Mark Howard and Courtney Marie Andrews)
- By The Way I Forgive You – Brandi Carlile (produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings)
- Ruins – First Aid Kit (produced by Tucker Martine)
- The Tree of Forgiveness – John Prine (produced by Dave Cobb)
UK Song of the Year
- Winner: Southern Wind – Dean Owens (written by Dean Owens and Will Kimbrough)
- Be More Kind – Frank Turner (written by Frank Turner)
- Chicago – Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (written by Josienne Clarke)
- Uh-huh – Jade Bird (written by Jade Bird)
International Song of the Year
- Winner: The Joke – Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth)
- Hold Your Head Up High – Darlingside (written by Caitlin Canty, Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, David Senft)
- Mockingbird – Ruston Kelly (written by Ruston Kelly)
- Rolling On – Israel Nash (written by Israel Nash)
UK Artist of the Year
- Winner: Bennett Wilson Poole
- Ethan Johns
- Robert Plant
- The Wandering Hearts
International Artist of the Year
- Winner: Mary Gauthier
- John Prine
- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
- Winner: CJ Hillman
- Gwenifer Raymond
- Martin Harley
- Seth Lakeman
Lifetime Achievement Award
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. The 2019 recipient is Graham Nash.
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK person, artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre. The 2019 recipient is Joe Boyd.
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 2019 recipient is Curse Of Lono.
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 bestselling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2019 award goes to Be More Kind by Frank Turner.
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 2019 recipients are The Green Note.