Americana Music Honors & Awards

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Americana Honors & Awards
Current: 2022 Americana Music Honors & Awards
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmericana Music Association
Hosted byJim Lauderdale (2002–2017)
Milk Carton Kids (2018-19)
First awarded2002
Websiteamericanamusic.org
Television/radio coverage
NetworkPBS (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 a variety of musical events, including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s last live performance together.[1] Artists such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Plant & His Band of Joy, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, Rosanne Cash and John Fogerty have also performed for the event, and special appearances by artists like Kris Kristofferson (2003), Loretta Lynn (2004/2014), Billy Bob Thornton (2005), Bonnie Raitt (2012/2016), Dwight Yoakam (2016) and George Strait (2016) demonstrate the prestige 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 historic Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012. It was once again hosted by Jim Lauderdale, while the All Star Band was led by 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. Lauderdale stepped down from hosting duties after the 2017 ceremony and the 2018-19 Honors & Awards were hosted by The Milk Carton Kids.[4] The show did not include a host in 2021.

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.[5]

Below is the Criteria for each of the following categories:[5]

  • 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 Act 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.

Competitive awards[edit]

All awards history information is also available on the Americana Music Association's website.[6]

Album of the Year[edit]

Year Recipient Work Nominees Ref.
2022 Allison Russell Outside Child
  • Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof
  • Adia Victoria - A Southern Gothic
  • Yola - Stand for Myself
[7]
2021 Sturgill Simpson Cuttin’ Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes - J.T
  • Valerie June - The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Reunions
  • Sarah Jarosz - World on the Ground
[8]
2020 The Highwomen The Highwomen
  • Nathaniel Rateliff - And It’s Still Alright
  • Tyler Childers - Country Squire
  • Brittany Howard - Jaime
  • Tanya Tucker - While I’m Livin’
[9]
2019 John Prine The Tree of Forgiveness
  • Amanda Shires - To the Sunset
  • Lori McKenna - The Tree
  • Yola - Walk Through Fire
[10]
2018 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound
  • Margo Price - All-American Made
  • Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
  • Mary Gauthier - Rifles & Rosary Beads
[11]
2017 Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  • Drive-By Truckers - American Band
  • Rodney Crowell - Close Ties
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
  • Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator
[12]
2016 Jason Isbell Something More Than Free
  • Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
  • Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day
  • Chris Stapleton - Traveller
[13]
2015 Lucinda Williams Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
  • Shakey Graves - And The War Came
  • Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • Lee Ann Womack - The Way I’m Livin’
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
[14]
2014 Jason Isbell Southeastern
  • Robert Ellis - The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  • Rosanne Cash - The River And The Thread
  • Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones
[15]
2013 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon
  • Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim
  • Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Cheaters Game
  • John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
  • Shovels & Rope - O’ Be Joyful
[16]
2012 Various Artists This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest
  • Steve Earle - I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive
  • Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
[17]
2011 Robert Plant Band of Joy
  • Elizabeth Cook - Welder
  • Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
  • Lucinda Williams - Blessed
[18]
2010 Rosanne Cash The List
  • Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend
  • Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
[19]
2009 Buddy & Julie Miller Written In Chalk
  • Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  • Justin Townes Earle - Midnight At The Movies
[20]
2008 Alison Krauss & Robert Plant Raising Sand
  • Hayes Carll - Trouble In Mind
  • James McMurtry - Just Us Kids
  • Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer
[21]
2007 Patty Griffin Children Running Through
  • Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
  • Bob Dylan - Modern Times
  • Lucinda Williams - West
[22]
2006 James McMurtry Childish Things
  • Delbert McClinton - Cost of Living
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Soul’s Chapel
  • Rodney Crowell - The Outsider
[23]
2005 Buddy Miller Universal United House of Prayer
  • Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts… Now
  • Mary Gauthier - Mercy Now
  • Tift Merritt - Tambourine
[24]
2004 Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
  • Mindy Smith - One Moment More
  • Rodney Crowell - Fate’s Right Hand
  • Slaid Cleaves - Wishbones
[25]
2003 Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • Kathleen Edwards - Failer
  • The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music
  • Buddy Miller - Midnight & Lonesome
[26]
2002 Buddy & Julie Miller Buddy & Julie Miller
  • Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
  • The Flatlanders - Now Again
  • Various Artists - Caught In The Webb: Tribute to Webb Pierce
[27]

Song of the Year[edit]

Artist of the Year[edit]

Duo/Group of the Year[edit]

Instrumentalist of the Year[edit]

Emerging Act of the Year[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Awards[edit]

Americana Trailblazer Award[edit]

First Amendment Center and Americana Music Association "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award/Inspiration 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]

National Museum of African American Music/Americana Music Association Legacy of Americana Award[edit]

President's Award[edit]

WagonMaster/Lifetime Acheivement Award[edit]

UK Americana Music Association Awards[edit]

The inaugural UK AMA awards were presented by the UK Americana Music Association were held at St John at Hackney in London on 3 February 2016 and was hosted by Bob Harris and Ethan Johns.[28] The second annual UK Americana awards were held on 2 February 2017 and the third awards were held on 1 February 2018.[29] The fifth awards were held on 30 January 2020.[30] The 2021 ceremony was held virtually on 29 January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[31]

UK Album of the Year[edit]

International Album of the Year[edit]

UK Artist of the Year[edit]

International Artist of the Year[edit]

UK Song of the Year[edit]

  • 2022 – "Willing" by Lady Nade
  • 2021 – "I Don't Wanna Lie" by Yola, Dan Auerbach and Bobby Wood
  • 2020 – "Little Piece of Heaven" by Elles Bailey, Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach
  • 2019 – "Southern Wind" by Dean Owens
  • 2018 – "Home" by Yola Carter
  • 2017 – "The 4:19" by Al Lewis and Alva Leigh (Lewis & Leigh)
  • 2016 – "Clear Water" by Danny George Wilson and Paul Lush (Danny and the Champions of the World)

International Song of the Year[edit]

Bob Harris Emerging Artist of the Year[edit]

  • 2022 – Lauren Housley
  • 2021 – Robbie Cavanaugh and Demi Marriner
  • 2020 – Ferris & Sylvester
  • 2019 – Curse of Lono
  • 2018 – The Wandering Hearts
  • 2017 – Wildwood Kin[32]
  • 2016 – Robert Vincent[33]

UK Instrumentalist of the Year[edit]

  • 2022 – Michelle Stodart (guitar)
  • 2021 – Anna Corcoran (piano)
  • 2020 – Siân Monaghan (drums)
  • 2019 – CJ Hillman (multiple instruments)
  • 2018 – Thomas Collison (multiple instruments)
  • 2017 – CJ Hillman (multiple instruments)
  • 2016 – BJ Cole (steel guitar)

AMA Trailblazer[edit]

AMA Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Songwriters Legacy Award[edit]

Australian Americana Music Association Honours[edit]

The inaugural annual Australian American Music Honours Night, a celebration of Australian roots music, was held on October 2, 2017. The ceremony, which was televised on the Country Music Channel in early 2018, featured performances from many of Australia's top roots performers alongside Valerie June and Old Crow Medicine Show who acted as "US Americana Ambassadors". The inaugural ceremony also featured the presentation of two honours.[35] The second event was held on October 11, 2018, and featured Margo Price and Joshua Hedley as Americana Ambassadors.[36]

Vanguard Award[edit]

See also[edit]

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