Robert Plant, Buddy Miller and Justin Townes Earle Win Big at 10th Annual Americana Honors and Awards Show
October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM (PT)
ROBERT PLANT's BAND OF JOY picked up Album of the Year honors, and BUDDY MILLER earned an Artist of the Year nod, during the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION's 10th ANNUAL HONORS AND AWARDS held THURSDAY (10/13) at NASHVILLE's historic RYMAN AUDITORIUM.
It was a big night for MILLER, winning not only the Artist of the Year Award, but adding another Instrumentalist of the Year Award.
Other award highlights of the night included a tearful LUCINDA WILLIAMS accepting the lifetime achievement award for songwriting from record executive LUKE LEWIS, who last year earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive.
The annual Americana Award Show was peppered with performances from AMOS LEE ("Cup of Sorrow"), ELIZABETH COOK ("El Camino"), EARLE ("Harlem River Blues"), JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD ("For Today"), HAYES CARLL ("KMAG YOYO"), THE SECRET SISTERS ("Why Don't You Love Me?"), MILLER ("Gasoline and Matches"), THE CIVIL WARS ("Barton Hollow"), THE AVETT BROTHERS ("The Once and Future Carpenter") and PLANT ("Monkey").
Further, MILLER, EMMYLOU HARRIS, ALISON KRAUSS, JERRY DOUGLAS and DON WAS performed "I'll Fly Away" in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the O' Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. The evening ended with GREGG ALLMAN performing "Sweet Melissa," and then, joined by a majority of the night's guests, a rousing rendition of "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" to a standing audience.
2011 Americana Honors and Awards recipients are:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Band Of Joy, ROBERT PLANT
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: BUDDY MILLER
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: BUDDY MILLER
NEW/EMERGING ARTIST: MUMFORD AND SONS
SONG OF THE YEAR: "Harlem River Blues" by JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR: THE AVETT BROTHERS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance: GREGG ALLMAN
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: JERRY DOUGLAS
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: RICK HALL
Trailblazer Award: BOB HARRIS