You can listen to tracks by all the nominees below on Roger Peck’s Sounds Americana shows of 8 July 2020 and 15 July 2020

Artist of the Year

Brandi Carlile
Brittany Howard
John Prine
Tanya Tucker

Duo / Group of the Year

Black Pumas
Drive-By Truckers
The Highwomen
Buddy & Julie Miller
Our Native Daughters

Emerging Act of the Year

Black Pumas
Katie Pruitt
Aubrie Sellers
Billy Strings
Kelsey Waldon

Instrumentalist of the Year

Ellen Angelico
Annie Clements
Brittany Haas
Zachariah Hickman
Rich Hinman

Song of the Year

“And It’s Still Alright,” Nathaniel Rateliff, written by Nathaniel Rateliff
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Tanya Tucker, written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker
“Crowded Table,” The Highwomen, written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna
“My Love Will Not Change,” Aubrie Sellers featuring Steve Earle, written by Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard, written by Brittany Howard
“Thoughts and Prayers,” Drive-By Truckers, written by Patterson Hood

Read More: 2020 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Revealed |


UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade, with venues, concerts, and festivals supporting 210,000 jobs across the country and adding £4.5bn to the economy in 2019. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2nd 2020, the Concert Promoters Association and a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy. The campaign asked people to share on social media a film or photo of the last gig they played or saw with the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay.

If you’d like to add your support, you can download shareable graphics and quotes from some of the country’s biggest artists here. Post them on your social media to show how important UK live music is to you, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay.

Americana uk awards 2020

The Americana Awards at The Troxy, London on 30 January 2020 were hosted by the legendary Bob Harris in an excellent two hour show of music and presentations. The list of winners is as follows:

UK Instrumentalist of The Year : Siân Monaghan
UK Song of The Year : Little Piece of Heaven by Elles Bailey(written by Elles Bailey, Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach)
UK Album of The Year: Walk Through Fire by Yola  (produced byDan Auerbach)
UK Artist of The Year: Yola

International Song of The Year : Me and The Ghost of Charlemagne by Amy Speace  (written by Amy Speace)
International Album of The Year:  Highwomen By Highwomen (produced by Dave Cobb)
International Artist of The Year : Brandi Carlile

Lifetime Achievement Award : Joan Armatrading
Trailblazer Award : Nick Lowe
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award: Ferris & Sylvester
Legend Award : Lonnie Donegan.
The Outstanding Contribution Award : Bob Harris OBE.

Grass Roots Award: Mark Whitfield (who runs Americana UK website)