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STAPLETON, ISBELL
TAKE TOP HONORS
AT AMERICANA
AWARDS SHOW

The incredible years of Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell continued Wednesday at the 15th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show, where Isbell received Album and Song of the Year trophies and Stapleton was named Artist of the Year.

“Thank you to all the Americana radio stations out there, it’s been a big part of what we’ve been doing,” Mercury Nashville’s Stapleton told the crowd at the Ryman Auditorium. “I’m nervous, there’s so many heroes out here in the audience and up here on the stage, this is a remarkable thing.” 

Margo Price was named Emerging Artist of the Year; fiddler Sara Watkins was honored as Instrumentalist of the Year. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell earned Group/Duo of the Year, their second win in the category.

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Shawn Colvin (trailblazer), William Bell (songwriting), Bob Weir (performance), Jim Lauderdale (WagonMaster), Woody Guthrie (President’s Award), and Billy Bragg (Spirit of Americana/Free Speech In Music, co-presented by the First Amendment Center).

Weir helped open the show playing Merle Haggard’s classic “Mama Tried,” part of the tribute to recently departed musical giants including Allen Toussaint, Ralph Stanley and Guy Clark. Price, The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Steve Earle, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bell and George Strait also performed.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Album of the Year: Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell, produced by Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Group/Duo of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: “24 Frames” Jason Isbell; written by Jason Isbell
Emerging Artist of the Year: Margo Price
Instrumentalist of the Year: Sara Watkins
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Billy Bragg
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Shawn Colvin
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: William Bell
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Bob Weir
Lifetime Achievement Award, WagonMaster: Jim Lauderdale
President's Award: Woody Guthrie

The 17th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference runs through Sunday.

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