Americana Music Honors & Awards

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Americana Honors & Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry
Country United States
Presented by Americana Music Association
First awarded 2002
Official website americanamusic.org
Television/Radio coverage
Network PBS (2011–present)
AXS TV (2012–present)

The Americana Music Honors & Awards is the marquee event for the Americana Music Association. Beginning in 2002, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community. Six member-voted awards and several Lifetime Achievement Awards are handed out while over 2000 artists, music-loving fans and entertainment industry executives look on.

The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing moments over the years. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s last live performance together was on the Americana stage.[1] Artists such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Plant & His Band of Joy, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, Rosanne Cash and John Fogerty have brought our audiences to their feet. Special appearances by artists like Kris Kristofferson (2003), Billy Bob Thornton (2005), Rosanne Cash (2006), and Bonnie Raitt (2012) speak to the allure of the genre and awards show.

The Honors & Awards show was first broadcast on national television in 2005. Also in 2005, SiriusXM, BBC2, and Voice of America began broadcasting the show on radio. PBS began airing an abbreviated version during Austin City Limits in 2011.

The Americana Honors & Awards Show returned to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012. It was once again hosted by the iconic Jim Lauderdale, while the All Star Band was led by the phenomenal Buddy Miller. The 2012 Honors & Awards show was aired live on AXS TV[2] and later aired on Austin City Limits on PBS[3] and replayed on AXS TV.

Nomination Process[edit]

The eligibility period for the Americana Music Association’s “Of The Year” categories typically runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Only active members of the Americana Music Association may participate in the Nomination and Election process. The winners are announced at the annual Americana Music Honors & Awards show.[4]

Below is the Criteria for each of the following categories:[4]

  • Album of the Year – Americana albums released during the eligibility period.
  • Song of the Year - Americana songs released from Albums released during the eligibility period.
  • Artist of the Year – An Artist who has had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.
  • Emerging Artist of the Year – Solo artist, duo, or group having an exemplary year and first blush of national public awareness through overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, sales, publicity, touring, or other criteria during eligibility period who has not previously been nominated in any category.
  • Duo/Group of the Year - Duo/Group - have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.
  • Instrumentalist of the Year : An award given to a collaborative musician having an exemplary year within the eligibility period based on overall recognition and activity, whether through work on an album, song, touring, or other criteria.

Americana Awards Recipient History[edit]

All awards history information is also available on the Americana Music Association's Website.[4]

Album of the Year[edit]

Song of the Year[edit]

Artist of the Year[edit]

Duo/Group of the Year[edit]

Instrumentalist of the Year[edit]

Emerging Artist of the Year[edit]

Americana Trailblazer Award[edit]

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award[edit]

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting[edit]

President's Award[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Policinski, Gene. "Johnny Cash receives 2002 'Spirit of Americana' free-speech award". Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "AXS TV Concerts: The 2012 Americana Music Awards". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "About the Awards". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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