On September 12 the Americana Music Association honoured the best in Americana. Americana music is described as any music whose roots and traditions stem from American roots music – music inspired by American culture.
The Americana Awards recipients included three living legends who received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The 2012 Americana Music Awards were hosted by Jim Lauderdale and held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
With only 10 award presentations, the night was filled with performances from Booker T. Jones, Richard Thmpson,, Larry Campbell, , Kenny Vaughn, , Alabama Shakes, , John Hiatt, Al Anderson Vincent, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, and Emmylou Harris.
Winners of the 2012 Americana Music Awards are:
Artist of the Year: Gillian Welch
Duo or Group of the Year: The Civil Wars
Instrumentalist of the Year: Dave Rawlings
Album of the Year: “This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark”
Song of the Year: “Alabama Pines” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Emerging Artist of the Year: Alabama Shakes
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance:Bonnie Raitt
Lifetime Achievement Award for an Instrumentalist: Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting: Richard Thompson
Lifetime Achievement Award for an Executive: Dennis Lord