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
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
UK Live Act of the Year
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.