Barry Gibb Receives Top-Selling US Album Award E! News UK
Upon news of his award, Barry Gibb said, “It’s a wonderful thing! I would really like to thank the UK Americana Awards for recognizing this album. It’s amazing that this can happen to me at this point in my life. I’m really grateful to a lot of people. First, my son Stephen who brought this wonderful idea to my attention. He made me listen to a Chris Stapleton record that blew me away and inspired me to make this album. I also want to thank Dave Cobb for his passion, his patience and his wonderful team. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all the legendary artists who participated. Making an album like this is a labor of love. Once again, thank you very much!”
Both Allison Russell and Yola were two-time winners of all seven member-voted awards. Allison won International Artist of the Year and International Album of the Year for “Outside Child”, while Yola won in the equivalent UK categories, British Artist of the Year and British Album of the Year for ‘Stand For Myself’. Other winners were Lady Nade for British Song of the Year with “Willing”, Brandi Carlile for International Song of the Year with “Right On Time” and Michele Stodart for British Instrumentalist of the Year. The list of all-female winners, including three women of color, is particularly gratifying for the Americana Music Association UK, reflecting its commitment to diversity since signing the Keychange Pledge in 2018 and its focus on inclusion since the Black The Lives Matter movement has reignited the need to prioritize these goals. WADA-UK is proud of its members’ commitment to these initiatives, demonstrated by the voting for this year’s awards.
As previously announced, the recipients of special awards from the AMA-UK Board of Directors are: Lucinda Williams for the International Lifetime Achievement Award, Beth Orton for the Trailblazer Award, The Long Ryders for the International Trailblazer Award , Lauren Housley for the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award and Tom Bridgewater of Loose Music for the Grass Roots Award.
The 2022 UK Americana Awards Show was hosted by broadcasters Baylen Leonard and Bob Harris and featured a sparkling line-up of 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).
The evening also saw acceptance speeches from Barry Gibb, Lucinda Williams (with Bob Harris), Sid Griffin of the Long Ryders, Yola, Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile, Lady Nade, Lauren Housley, Tom Bridgewater and Michele Stodart.
Full details on the winners and special award recipients follow below.
Winners of awards voted on by AMA-UK members
British Album of the Year
• Click Click Domino by Ida Mae (produced by Christopher Turpin)
• Good Woman by The Staves (produced by John Congleton)
• The Wandering Hearts by The Wandering Hearts (produced by Simone Felice, David Baron, Mike Mogis and The Wandering Hearts)
• Yola’s Stand For Myself (produced by Dan Auerbach) WINNER
International Album of the Year
• Wary + Strange by Amythyst Kiah (produced by Tony Berg and Amythyst Kiah)
• Outside Child by Allison Russell (produced by Dan Knobler) WINNER
• Arrivals by Declan O’Rourke (produced by Paul Weller)
• Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! by Aaron Lee Tasjan (produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan and Gregory Lattimer)
British Song of the Year
• This Ain’t The Life by Lauren Housley (written by Lauren Housley)
• Eye to Eye by John Smith feat. Sarah Jarosz (written by John Smith and Sarah Siskind)
• Latchkey by Memorial (written by Jack Watts and Oliver Spalding)
• Lady Nade’s Willing (written by Lady Nade) WINNER
International Song of the Year
• Never Said A Word by Judy Blank and Dylan Earl (written by Judy Blank and Dylan Earl)
• Sweet Misery by Tré Burt (written by Tré Burt)
• Right on Time by Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth) WINNER
• Jeremiah from Sierra Ferrell (written by Sierra Ferrell)
British Artist of the Year
• They Bailey
• John Smith
• Yola WINNER
International Artist of the Year
• Rhiannon Giddens
• Kiah of Amythyst
• Allison Russell WINNER
• Taylor Swift
British Instrumentalist of the Year
• Thomas Dibb
• Joe Harvey-Whyte
• Mark Lewis
• Michèle Stodart WINNER
International Lifetime Achievement Award
Selected by board members, our highest honor is given to an international artist, duo, or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the American genre throughout their career and lifetime in music. The 2022 recipient is Lucinda Williams.
Selected by board members, this special award celebrates a British artist, duo or group who have walked an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in the development of the American genre. The 2022 recipient is Beth Orton.
International Pioneer Award
Selected by board members, this special award celebrates a British artist, duo or group who have walked an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in the development of the American genre. The 2022 winner is The Long Ryders.
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award
Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the groundbreaking artist, duo or group that particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. The 2022 recipient is Lauren Housley.
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 best-selling Americana album by a British artist. The 2022 recipient is Barry Gibb.
Selected by board members, this special award celebrates the sometimes unsung heroes of the British Americana scene. It is presented to people working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have gone to exceptional lengths to support American music from the ground up. The 2022 recipient is Tom Bridgewater of Loose Music, an independent label.