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The Americana Honours & Awards 2021 + The AmericanaFest Schedule



After a year long hiatus because of COVID-19, the Americana Honors & Awards returned Wednesday to Ryman Auditorium for an in-person ceremony celebrating the confluence of roots, blues, soul, folk and country music.


Jason Isbell, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, Valerie June and Brandi Carlile led nominations for the 2021 show; performers included each of the aforementioned artists, plus Steve Earle, Margo Price, Sarah Jarosz, country supergroup The Highwomen and Charley Crockett, among others.


In its 20th year, Americana Honors and Awards anchors the annual AmericanaFest, which draws thousands to Music City for a conference and festival featuring more than 200 artists. Showcases take place through Saturday in Nashville clubs, theatres and concert halls.


2021 Americana Honours & Awards

  • Artist of the Year: Brandi Carlile

  • Album of the Year: “Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions),” Sturgill Simpson, produced by David Ferguson and Sturgill Simpson

  • Song of the Year: "I Remember Everything," John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine

  • Duo/Group of the Year: Black Pumas

  • Emerging Act of the Year: Charley Crockett

  • Instrumentalist of the Year: Kristin Weber

Lifetime Achievement Honours

  • Legacy Award: Fisk Jubilee Singers

  • Lifetime Award for Performance: Keb' Mo'

  • Americana Trailblazer Award: The Mavericks

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer: Trina Shoemaker

  • Americana Inspiration Award: Carla Thomas



See full schedule for AmericanaFest

americanamusic.org/2021-schedule