Americana Music Awards 2020: Not Just Another Celebration, Americana’s a Community
In the music industry, you’ll often hear ’when are you gonna get a real job’, or at least phrases along a similar kind of line. What people tend to forget to mention though, is the struggle members of the business go through, and the perks that perhaps a typical nine to five lacks in.
One simple, yet significant factor of the night, has to be the sense of community, which yesterday’s Americana Music Awards was heavily spoken about.
Usually, music award ceremonies have a somewhat expectation, and focus to only celebrate individuals achievements. However, the U.K Americana association’s event wasn’t just an award tossing night. Honestly, I truly believe unlike other award bodies, this was more than just an annual celebration for a handful of professionals, that were given such outstanding recognition.
Grammy-winning Mumford and Son’s member, Ben Lovett, opened my eyes to this revelation as he voiced his views on the genre’s society. The Folk artist who presented the Grassroots award stated how ”the community of Americana gave us a chance… And got our words out there” before going on to award Mark Whitfield the achievement. Consequently, Whitfield continued the conversation and commented on how the community ”couldn’t be more welcoming.”
For that reason, it came as no surprise when the gentleman who paved the way with his love and support was rewarded the bespoke ’Outstanding Contribution’ award. BBC Radio 2’s very own Bob Harris, who was said to have given Americana artists a ”home.”
Be that as it may, the bond between the V.I.P’s of the night seemed to be somewhat of a family, and fulfilled with kindness and admiration. For instance, Shingai of The Noisettes who performed in honour of Lifetime Achievement winner Joan Armatrading made that performance without a doubt memorable for years to come. A truly remarkable showcase of Armatrading’s music and of her vocal talent. The most heartwarming moment had to be when Joan walked on stage to thank and hug the artist and she became in awe of the Lifetime winner.
The night was truly amazing and awards were well-deserved.
Other awards include:
Instrumentalist of The Year: Won by Sian Monaghan
International Album of The Year: Won by The Highwoman for ‘The Highwoman’ album
U.K Song of The Year: Won by Elles Bailey for ‘Little Piece of Heaven’
International Artist of The Year: Brandi Carlile
International Song of The Year: Amy Speace for ‘Me and The Ghost of Charlemagne’
Bob Harris’ Emerging Artist Award: Ferris & Sylvester
UK Album of The Year: Won by Yola for ‘Walk Through The Fire’
Best Selling Americana Album: Won by Jade Bird for ‘Jade Bird’
U.K Artist of The Year: Yola
Legend Award: Won by Lonnie Donegan, collected by son, Peter Donegan.
Trialblazer Award: Won by Nick Lowe
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