On Wednesday night the Americana Honors and Awards event took place, and the big winner of the evening was Jason Isbell. He managed to take home both the prize for the Album of the Year, with “Something More Than Free” and the award for the Song of the Year category, with the first single of his LP, called “24 Frames”. In his acceptance speech for the latter award, he advised people to stick to other people who let them know when they do something wrong and to listen to them because they are being honest. Further on, he thanked the main person in his life who supports him and shows him where he’s wrong: his wife, Amanda Shires, who is also an Americana artist.
Chris Stapleton is also another artist who was a big winner at the event. He went home with the prize for the Artist of the Year. In his speech, he thanked Americana radio because it was his first nomination for the Americana Awards ever.
Other big winners were Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, who partnered for the LP “The Traveling Kind”, released last year. They won the prize for the Group/Duo of the Year. Margo Price was also named the Emerging Artist of the Year from the Americana Association. Sara Watkins received the award from the Instrumentalist of the Year, having worked on Nickel Creek, I’m With Her, the Watkins Family Hour, but also some other solo projects.
There were also several awards given for lifetime achievements, which were given to Jim Lauderdale, Bob Weir, William Bell and Shawn Colvin.
The show was part of the Americana Music Festival, which takes place yearly and whose 17th edition is currently taking place. The festival runs all the weekend in Nashville and it hosts around 300 artistic acts, as well as a conference for the professionals in the music industry.