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RODNEY CROWELL, JOHN PRINE, CHARLIE SEXTON, AMANDA SHIRES, STURGILL SIMPSON, and MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES
WINNERS AT AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S 16TH ANNUAL HONORS & AWARDS
Many artists of diverse styles were celebrated and showcased at the 16th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show last night at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. They included previous Americana Lifetime Achievement honorees John Prine (Artist of the Year), Rodney Crowell (Song of the Year), and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (Group / Duo of the Year).
Sturgill Simpson took home Album of the Year award, for his 2016 release A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, while Amanda Shires was crowned Emerging Artist of the Year. Longtime Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton received his first Americana award, for Instrumentalist of the Year
Lifetime Achievement honors went to Morrison (Songwriter), Cray (Performance), the Hi Rhythm Section (Instrumentalist), Iris Dement (Trailblazer), Nash (Spirit of Americana/Free Speech In Music, co-presented by the First Amendment Center) and HighTone Records founders Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg.
Morrison performed “Transformation” from his new album Roll With The Punches.
Other performers on this star-studded night were:
Old Crow Medicine Show, Jim Lauderdale, Brent Cobb, Lori McKenna,
Iris Dement, John Prine, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives,
Sam Outlaw, Amanda Shires, Billy Bragg/Joe Henry, Graham Nash with the Milk Carton Kids,
Drive-By Truckers, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Lumineers, Robert Cray,
Hurray For The Riff Raff, Margo Price and Jason Isbell.
Songwriter and Americana “WagonMaster” Jim Lauderdale hosted the Award
The Americana All-Star Band, was led by 2008 Lifetime Achievement honoree and 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, Larry Campbell, Crowell, Jim Hoke, Jerry Pentecost, Chris Wood and the McCrary Sisters backing many of the night’s performers.
Here’s the full list of Americana Music Honors & Awards 2017 Winners and Honorees:
Album of the Year: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson
Artist of the Year: John Prine
Group/Duo of the Year: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Song of the Year: “It Ain’t Over Yet”, Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Written by Rodney Crowell
Emerging Artist of the Year: Amanda Shires
Instrumentalist of the Year: Charlie Sexton
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Graham Nash
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Iris Dement
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Van Morrison
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Robert Cray
Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Hi Rhythm Section
Lifetime Achievement Award, Executive: Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg
The Honors & Awards show anchored the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference that runs through Sunday, Sept. 17 in Nashville.
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