The 2019 Americana Honors & Awards show—the centerpiece of AmericanaFest—announced the performers for its ceremony on Sept. 11 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium: Jade Bird, Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Mark Erelli, Rhiannon Giddens, I’m With Her, Ruston Kelly, Delbert McClinton, Lori McKenna, Maria Muldaur, John Prine, J.S. Ondara, Our Native Daughters, Erin Rae, Amanda Shires, Mavis Staples, The War and Treaty and Yola.
In addition, The Milk Carton Kids will once again be on hand to host and Buddy Miller will return as musical director for the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony.
Honorees for the evening include:
- Felice & Boudleaux Bryant (posthumously): President’s Award
- Elvis Costello: Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
- Delbert McClinton: Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
- Maria Muldaur: Americana Trailblazer Award
- Frank Johnson (posthumously) and Rhiannon Giddens: Legacy of Americana Award
- Mavis Staples: career recognition
Nashville’s 2019 AmericanaFest (Sept. 10–15) will feature approximately 500 performances from more than 250 artists at more than 50 venues, including Brandy Clark, Tanya Tucker, Corb Lund, Jack Ingram, Lori McKenna, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Quaker City Night Hawks, Shinyribs, Aubrie Sellers, Maggie Rose, Micky & the Motorcars, Foy Vance, Brent Cobb, Shawn Colbin, Drivin N Cryin, Andrew Combs and more.
Check out the full list of nominees from the 2019 Americana Awards on Sept. 11.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“To the Sunset,” Amanda Shires, Produced by Dave Cobb
“The Tree,” Lori McKenna, Produced by Dave Cobb
“The Tree of Forgiveness,” John Prine, Produced by Dave Cobb
“Walk Through Fire,” Yola, Produced by Dan Auerbach
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
I’m With Her
Our Native Daughters
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The War and Treaty
EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR
The War and Treaty
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
“By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter, Written by Mark Erelli
“Mockingbird,” Ruston Kelly, Written by Ruston Kelly
“People Get Old,” Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna
“Summer’s End,” John Prine, Written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com