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