Annual event was held this past weekend.
By Blurt Staff
The headline reads “Duos Own Americana’s Biggest Night” and no doubt if you were in Nashville last week for the American Music Association convention culminating in the 12th annual awards ceremony, you agreed. As the Association’s report notes, “two of the genre’s most prolific and vocal forebears owned the evening, as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell took home Duo of the Year, Album of the Year for “Old Yellow Moon.” The report subsequently mentions sundry awards winners alongside performers and presenters, all of the duo variety, including: Billy Bragg and Tift Merritt, Rosanne Cash and Alejandro Escovedo, Shovels & Rope, Nicki Bluhm and Sam Bush, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, Langhorne Slim and Joy Williams, Aoife O’Donovan and Jerry Douglas, and Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.
You’ll have to read the full report yourself to learn who did what, and where and how – but suffice to say a good time was had by all, Below, check out the awards winners. And meanwhile, you can listen to an audio stream of the entire 161-minute celebration at NPR Music. Salute!
Album of the Year: ‘Old Yellow Moon,’ Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Artist of the Year: Dwight Yoakam
Duo Group of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: ‘Birmingham,’ Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year: Shovels & Rope
Instrumentalist of the year: Larry Campbell
Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Stephen Stills
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Chris Strachwitz
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Robert Hunter
President’s Award: Hank Williams