The 9th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards were handed out in Nashville’s celebrated Ryman Auditorium last night, honoring a selection of notable music greats.
Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale presided over the awards as he has for the past seven years, while prolific Nashvillian Buddy Miller led the house band. The night also featured live performances from Sarah Jarosz, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Pug, Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham and the Avett Brothers, to name only a few. Guests in attendance were also lucky enough to catch a half-hour power set from Robert Plant to close the celebratory night.
Relative newcomer Ryan Bingham had plenty of reasons to celebrate: his theme from the film Crazy Heart, “The Weary Kind,” which he co-wrote with T Bone Burnett, took home the Song of the Year, and Bingham also received the honor of the Artist of the Year award. This is all in addition to the Oscar and Golden Globe awards that “The Weary Kind” garnered earlier this year.
The Association, which is dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre, handed out 2010 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern. Multitalented music man Jack White presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Performance to Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson, whose record he just produced. The Achievement Award in Songwriting was handed to John Mellencamp by Rosanne Cash, whose album The List also won Album of the Year. This year, Paste favorites the Avett Brothers, who previously received a New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award, walked away with the Duo/Group of the Year win.
Check out the full list of nominees below:
The 2010 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards nominees
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The List, by Rosanne Cash
A Friend of a Friend, by Dave Rawlings Machine
Downtown Church, by Patty Griffin
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no c), by Ray Wylie Hubbard
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ray Wylie Hubbard
DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Avett Brothers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
SONG OF THE YEAR
“The Weary Kind”
Written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett-performed by Ryan Bingham
“Drunken Poets Dream”
Written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch-performed by Dave Rawlings Machine
“I and Love and You”
Written and performed The Avett Brothers
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: LUKE LEWIS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: GREG LEISZ
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance: WANDA JACKSON
Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer: BRIAN AHERN
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: JOHN MELLENCAMP