LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Singer and musician and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has been named as the recipient of 2018 UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music.
The award will be presented during an awards gala that will be held at Hackney Empire in London on February 1st with BBC2 Radio’s Bob Harris handling hosting duties.
“We are so excited to announce that Robert Plant will be accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The award is our highest honour and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient. Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock’n’roll, through the seventies with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, to a solo career that has never stood still, Robert Plant has introduced countless millions of music lovers to American roots music,” said Stevie Freeman, CEO The Americana Music Association UK.
Other nominees up for potential honors at the UK Americana Awards include Dani Nicholls, Emily Barker, Laura Marling, and Danny & The Champions of The World, who are all vying for UK Artist of the Year, and Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews, Imelda May, and Rhiannon Giddens who are in the running for Interrnational Artist of the Year.
As well, The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award will be given to up and coming London based four-piece The Wandering Hearts.
The full list of nominations for the 2018 UK Americana Awards
UK Album of the Year
Brilliant Light by Danny & The Champions of The World (produced by Chris Clarke)
I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins by Robert Vincent (produced by Robert Vincent, Michael Gay and Etienne Girard)
Proud Disturber Of The Peace by William The Conqueror (produced by Ruarri Joseph and Harry Harding)
Sweet Kind Of Blue by Emily Barker (produced by Matt Ross-Spang)
International Album of the Year
A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs (produced by Adam Granduciel)
Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Courtney Marie Andrews)
So You Wanna Be An Outlaw by Steve Earle & The Dukes (produced by Richard Bennett)
The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (produced by Dave Cobb)
UK Song of the Year
Devon Brigade by Police Dog Hogan (written by James Studholme)
Endless Road by Worry Dolls (written by Zoe Nicol, Rosie Jones and Jeff Cohen)
Home by Yola Carter (written by Yola Carter)
Moonshine by Foy Vance (written by Foy Vance)
International Song of the Year
Pa’lante by Hurray For The Riff Raff (written by Alynda Segarra and Pedro Pietri)
Ready To Die by Aaron Lee Tasjan (written by Aaron Lee Tasjan)
Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)
Thirteen Silver Dollars by Colter Wall (written by Colter Wall)
UK Artist of the Year
Danni Nicholls Danny & The Champions of The World
International Artist of the Year
Courtney Marie Andrews
UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Selected by the board members, our highest honour is awarded to a UK artist, duo or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of their career and life in music.The 2018 recipient will be Robert Plant.
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre.The 2018 recipient will be announced in December.
Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award
Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. The 2018 recipient will be The Wandering Hearts.
Best Selling Americana Album
AMA-UK works with The Official Charts Company to create the UK Americana Album Chart. This Award is given to the best selling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2018 recipient will be announced in January.
Grass Roots Award
Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates the sometimes unsung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to individuals working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grassroots up. The 2018 recipients are Alan Tyler & Steve Arlene.