UK Americana Music Association reveals nominees for its 2021 awards

The awards and corresponding showcases happen in January next year.

The UK American Music Association has revealed the nominees for the seven
member-voted categories of its UK Americana Awards 2021, as well as the winners of the special awards presented by the AMA-UK board.

Winners of the special awards are as follows:

  • AMA-UK 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award: Elvis Costello
  • International Lifetime Achievement Award: Mavis Staples
  • Trailblazer Award: Christine McVie
  • International Trailblazer Award: Steve Earl

Christine McVie commented on her win of theInternational Lifetime Achievement Award, saying: “My humble thanks to the UK Americana Awards for their generous acknowledgement of my music! So thrilled at this stage of my life that I am remembered. It’s been my privilege to make so many people happy, so again, thank you very much, it means a lot to me.”


Mavis Staples also commented: “I’m so honoured to receive the International Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association UK. I think it's so important to have an association advocating for Roots Music in the UK, so to receive this award is really special. From Union Chapel to Glastonbury, some of my favourite places to sing are in the UK. I even recorded my last live album, Live in London, at Union Chapel! So, thank you. The UK holds a special place in my heart so to receive this Lifetime Achievement from the Americana Music Association UK really means a lot to me.”

Alongside these, the Songwriter Legacy Award has been specially created for John Prine, celebrating his hugely influential life’s work. Prine died of COVID-19 this year. As well as the Songwriter Legacy Award, Prine will be recognised by a special set of performances between AmericanaFest 2021 and the UK Americana Awards.

Americana Fest 2021 and the following awards show will be held virtually in 2021, kicking off on 28 January. Find out more and see the full list of awards and nominations here. Tickets for the virtual festival are available here, costing £25.

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