Americana Honors & Awards
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What an incredible evening at the Americana Honors & Awards with several phenomenal female musicians taking the lead with major wins from Brandi Carlile with Artist of the Year, Emerging Act of the Year with War & Treaty, Legacy of Americana Award with Rhiannon Giddens and the Trailblazer Award to Maria Muldaur. There were many eclectic performances, including Carlile, a soul-stirring opener by Our Native Daughters, an amazing cover of “Angel from Montgomery,” by John Prine and Bonnie Raitt.

Additional performances consisted of Rhiannon Giddens, Lori McKenna, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maria Muldaur, Amanda Shires and Mumford & Sons, among many others.

Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards! See below for the complete list of winners and honorees for this evening’s Honors & Awards show.

Album of the Year:
“The Tree of Forgiveness,” John Prine, produced by Dave Cobb

Artist of the Year:
Brandi Carlile

Song of the Year:
“Summer’s End,” John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine

Duo/Group of the Year:
I’m With Her

Emerging Act of the Year:
The War and Treaty

Instrumentalist of the Year:
Chris Eldridge

President’s Award:
Felice & Boudleaux Bryant

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting:
Elvis Costello

Legacy of Americana Award, presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music:

Rhiannon Giddens and Frank Johnson

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance:
Delbert McClinton

Trailblazer Award:
Maria Muldaur

Inspiration Award, presented in partnership with the First Amendment Center:

Mavis Staples

The 18th Annual Americana Honors & Awards is the hallmark event of AMERICANAFEST week, which continues through this Sunday, September 15.

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