(Hypebot) — The Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.
Without taking anything away from the veterans, this year’s stellar performances by Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlisle, Mumford & Sons, War & Treaty and others proved the diverse and explosive creativity of the genre’s next generation.
Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019
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