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UK Americana Awards 2023: Winners & Honourees

November 8, 2022 8:15 pm GMT
Last Edited April 28, 2023 12:15 pm GMT

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The AMA-UK have announced the winners for the 2023 UK Americana Awards, alongside the honourees of their International Trailblazer and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The UK Americana Music Week returned to venues in Hackney, London from January 23rd to 26th 2023. The UK’s biggest celebration of American roots music, the week featured showcases, industry panels and special events, all rounded off by the awards show at Hackney Empire on January 26th.

Presented by Holler's own Baylen Leonard and with special guest host ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, the show featured special musical performances and guests from both sides of the Atlantic.

Following her death in October at the age of 90, this year’s special Songwriter Legacy Award goes to country legend Loretta Lynn, whose ground breaking songs gave a voice to America’s working-class women. The awards show will include a multi-artist performance of her signature song 'Coal Miner’s Daughter'.

Allison Russell, Passenger, Nickel Creek, Lady Nade, The Hanging Stars, Miko Marks, The Heavy Heavy, Ferris and Sylvester, Simeon Hammond Dallas and Elles Bailey also took to the stage to perform on the night.

For the full list of Special Award honourees and Award winners, see below:


Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Scott of The Waterboys

International Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Collins

Trailblazer Award: TBA

International Trailblazer Award: Nickel Creek

Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award: The Hanging Stars

Best Selling Americana Album: Announced in January

Grass Roots Award: Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

Songwriter Legacy Award: Loretta Lynn


UK Album of the Year

• Passenger - Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed

• Bear's Den - Blue Hours

• Elles Bailey - Shining in the Half Light

WINNER: Ferris and Sylvester - Superhuman

International Album of the Year

• Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days

• Margo Cilker - Pohorylle

WINNER: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raise the Roof

• Charley Crockett - The Man From Waco

UK Song of the Year

WINNER: Hannah White - 'Car Crash'

• Marcus Mumford - 'Grace'

• Simeon Hammond Dallas - 'Make It Romantic'

• Danny George Wilson - 'The Right Place'

International Song of the Year

CMAT - 'I Don’t Really Care for You'

• Zach Bryan - 'Something in the Orange'

• Amanda Shires - 'Take It Like A Man'

WINNER: Allison Russell feat. Brandi Carlile - 'You’re Not Alone'

UK Artist of the Year

Bear’s Den

WINNER: Elles Bailey

Ferris and Sylvester

Lady Nade

International Artist of the Year

WINNER: Allison Russell

Brandi Carlile

Margo Cilker

The Dead South

UK Instrumentalist of the Year

WINNER: Holly Carter

Joe Coombs

Joe Wilkins

Mark Lewis

UK Live Act of the Year

Beans On Toast

WINNER: Elles Bailey

Ferris & Sylvester

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Noble Jacks

• The Heavy Heavy


For more on UK Americana Week 2023, see below:

Written by Ciara Bains