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The Americana Music Honors & Awards is the marquee event for the Americana Music Association. Beginning in 2002, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community. Six member-voted awards and several Lifetime Achievement Awards are handed out while over 2000 artists, music-loving fans and entertainment industry executives look on.

Americana Honors & Awards
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmericana Music Association
Hosted byJim Lauderdale (2002-2017)
Milk Carton Kids (2018-)
First awarded2002
Television/radio coverage
NetworkPBS (2011–present)
AXS TV (2012–present)

The Honors & Awards have featured a variety of musical events, including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s last live performance together.[1] Artists such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Plant & His Band of Joy, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, Rosanne Cash and John Fogerty have also performed for the event, and special appearances by artists like Kris Kristofferson (2003), Loretta Lynn (2004/2014), Billy Bob Thornton (2005), Bonnie Raitt (2012/2016), Dwight Yoakam (2016) and George Strait (2016) demonstrate the prestige of the genre and awards show.

The Honors & Awards show was first broadcast on national television in 2005. Also in 2005, SiriusXM, BBC2, and Voice of America began broadcasting the show on radio. PBS began airing an abbreviated version during Austin City Limits in 2011.

The Americana Honors & Awards Show returned to the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012. It was once again hosted by Jim Lauderdale, while the All Star Band was led by Buddy Miller. The 2012 Honors & Awards show was aired live on AXS TV[2] and later aired on Austin City Limits on PBS[3] and replayed on AXS TV. Lauderdale stepped down from hosting duties after the 2017 ceremony and the 2018 Honors & Awards were hosted by The Milk Carton Kids.[4]


Nomination processEdit

The eligibility period for the Americana Music Association’s “Of The Year” categories typically runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Only active members of the Americana Music Association may participate in the Nomination and Election process. The winners are announced at the annual Americana Music Honors & Awards show.[5]

Below is the Criteria for each of the following categories:[5]

  • Album of the Year – Americana albums released during the eligibility period.
  • Song of the Year - Americana songs released from Albums released during the eligibility period.
  • Artist of the Year – An Artist who has had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.
  • Emerging Artist of the Year – Solo artist, duo, or group having an exemplary year and first blush of national public awareness through overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, sales, publicity, touring, or other criteria during eligibility period who has not previously been nominated in any category.
  • Duo/Group of the Year - Duo/Group - have had an exemplary year based on overall recognition and activity, whether through album, song, radio airplay, publicity, touring, or other criteria within the eligibility period.
  • Instrumentalist of the Year : An award given to a collaborative musician having an exemplary year within the eligibility period based on overall recognition and activity, whether through work on an album, song, touring, or other criteria.

Competitive AwardsEdit

All awards history information is also available on the Americana Music Association's website.[6]

Album of the YearEdit

Song of the YearEdit

Artist of the YearEdit

Duo/Group of the YearEdit

Instrumentalist of the YearEdit

Emerging Artist of the YearEdit

Lifetime Achievement AwardsEdit

Americana Trailblazer AwardEdit

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech AwardEdit

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for ExecutiveEdit

Lifetime Achievement Award for InstrumentalistEdit

Lifetime Achievement Award for PerformanceEdit

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/EngineerEdit

Lifetime Achievement Award for SongwritingEdit

National Museum of African American Music/Americana Music Association Legacy of Americana AwardEdit

President's AwardEdit

WagonMaster AwardEdit

UK Americana Music Association AwardsEdit

The inaugural UK AMA awards were presented by the UK Americana Music Association were held at St John at Hackney in London on 3 February 2016 and was hosted by Bob Harris and Ethan Johns.[7] The second annual UK Americana awards were held on 2 February 2017 and the third awards were held on 1 February 2018.[8]

UK Album of the YearEdit

International Album of the YearEdit

UK Artist of the YearEdit

International Artist of the YearEdit

UK Song of the YearEdit

  • 2019 - "Southern Wind" by Dean Owens
  • 2018 - "Home" by Yola Carter
  • 2017 - "The 4:19" by Al Lewis and Alva Leigh (Lewis & Leigh)
  • 2016 - "Clear Water" by Danny George Wilson and Paul Lush (Danny and the Champions of the World)

International Song of the YearEdit

Bob Harris Emerging Artist of the YearEdit

UK Instrumentalist of the YearEdit

  • 2019 - CJ Hillman (multiple instruments)
  • 2018 - Thomas Collison (multiple instruments)
  • 2017 - CJ Hillman (multiple instruments)
  • 2016 - BJ Cole (steel guitar)

AMA TrailblazerEdit

AMA Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit

Australian Americana Music Association HonoursEdit

The inaugural annual Australian American Music Honours Night, a celebration of Australian roots music, was held on October 2, 2017. The ceremony, which was televised on the Country Music Channel in early 2018, featured performances from many of Australia's top roots performers alongside Valerie June and Old Crow Medicine Show who acted as "US Americana Ambassadors". The inaugural ceremony also featured the presentation of two honours.[12] The second event was held on October 11, 2018 and featured Margo Price and Joshua Hedley as Americana Ambassadors.[13]

Vanguard AwardEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Policinski, Gene. "Johnny Cash receives 2002 'Spirit of Americana' free-speech award". Archived from the original on October 25, 2002. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "AXS TV Concerts: The 2012 Americana Music Awards". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012". Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "About the Awards". Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "AMA Awards". Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "THE UK AMERICANA AWARDS 206". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "The UK Americana Awards 2018". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Wildwood Kin to be honoured at UK Americana Awards". January 21, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Robert Vincent to receive Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award - AMAUK". January 21, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Billy Bragg to receive Trailblazer Award - AMAUK". December 16, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "The First Annual Australian Americana Music Honours Night Recap -". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  13. ^

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