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 Yola
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
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.