Americana Music Association U.K. Produces First Awards Show
February 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM (PT)
The UK AMERICANA WARDS closed out two days of festivities at this year's AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION UK conference with performances from BILLY BRAGG, DANNY & THE CHAMPIONOS OF THE WORLD, BEAR'S DEN, THE DREAMING SPIRES, LEWIS & LEIGH, EMILY BARKER, ROBERT VINCENT, GRETCHEN PETERS and CALE TYSON.
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD and GRETCHEN PETERS were the evening's big winners at LONDON's ST. JOHN AT HACKNEY on FEBRUARY 2nd. DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS won UK ARTIST, UK ALBUM and UK SONG OF THE YEAR, while PETERS took home INTERNATIONAL ALBUM and INTERNATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR.
BONNIE RAITT, ELIZABETH McGOVERN, RICKY ROSS, AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION Executive Director JED HILLY, BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, KIMMIE RHODES, RALPH McLEAN and MARK HAGEN joined host BOB HARRIS and musical director ETHAN JOHNS as special guest presenters.
BILLY BRAGG was presented the TRAILBLAZER AWARD by SQUEEZE's CHRIS DIFFORD for his contribution to the genre and receiving the prestigious BOB HARRIS EMERGING ARTIST AWARD went to ROBERT VINCENT. SWEDISH duo FIRST AID KIT were recognized with an award for the official highest-selling AMERICANA album of 2015 in the UK for "Stay Gold."