BMI Congratulates its UK Americana Awards 2023 Winners

Posted in News on January 30, 2023
The Heavy Heavy performs at the UK American Awards 2023 at the Hackney Empire on January 26.
The Heavy Heavy performs at the UK American Awards 2023 at the Hackney Empire on January 26. Photo: James McCauley

After two years of COVID cancellations, the UK Americana Music Week returned to East London between January 23 - 26, 2023. As one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of American roots music, BMI supported this year’s events that concluded with the prestigious UK Americana Awards at the Hackney Empire on January 26.

BMI is proud that several of our songwriters, as well as international writers who choose BMI for U.S. representation, took center stage in several categories. The nominated and award-winning artists, songs and albums are the result of the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) uniquely open and member-driven voting process, comprised of musicians, both from the UK and overseas, as well as professionals from all sectors of the music industry, such as agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, journalists, broadcasters, and publicists.

Check out more photo highlights of the UK Americana Awards here featuring several special performances that decorated the show including from The Heavy Heavy, Ferris & Sylvester and an acoustic cover of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to honour Songwriter Legacy Award winner Loretta Lynn.

Congratulations to all! Here are the BMI-affiliated winners:

Songwriter Legacy Award
Loretta Lynn

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Scott of The Waterboys*

International Trailblazer Award
Nickel Creek (Danny O’Keefe)

International Album of the Year
‘Raise The Roof’ by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Songs written by Joey Burns, John Convertino, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Allen Toussaint, Robert Moore, Randy Weeks, Ola Belle Reed, Dean Holloway, Merle Haggard, Brenda Burns, Hank Williams, Tom Overby, Lucinda Williams

UK Artist of the Year
Elles Bailey*

UK Live Act of the Year
Elles Bailey*

UK Album of the Year
‘Superhuman’ by Ferris and Sylvester
Songs written by Issy Ferris*, Archie Sylvester*, Adam Morley*

*PRS affiliates licensing via BMI in the US.


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