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About Honors & Awards

“The shining star of Nashville and music everywhere.”– Emmylou Harris


The Americana Honors & Awards Show, our marquis event, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium on September 13, 2017. It will once again be hosted by the iconic Jim Lauderdale, wtih the All Star Band led by the phenomenal Buddy Miller.

Each year 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.

The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing moments over the years. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s last live performance together was during the award show.  Artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant & His Band of Joy, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Rosanne Cash, Stephen Stills and Joan Baez have brought our audiences to their feet.

Click here to find a recepient archive of the Americana Honors & Awards.
Click here for information on the nomination process


How do I purchase an awards show ticket?
At this time awards show tickets are available to conference registrants only.

What do I wear?
This is not a black tie event. Most people are attending evening showcases after the awards show, so we recommend you dress comfortably for an evening out on the town. Casual chic always works!

Where do I pick up my awards show ticket(s)?
Your tickets will be included with your conference credentials at the Americana registration desk during designated times as indicated on your confirmation letter or at the Ryman box office day of show. Awards show tickets will NOT be mailed to you.

Are awards show tickets refundable?

Can I pick my seat for the awards show?
All seats are assigned at the discretion of the Americana Music Association. Seating is done on a first come first served basis, with priority going to sponsors, award show VIPs and conference attendees. You may request main floor or balcony.

Can I request seating with friends?
Yes. We ask that you make your request when you purchase your conference registration. There will not be any last minute seating changes.

What happens if I lose my awards show ticket?
You will have to purchase another.

Will I receive a confirmation letter indicating a purchase was made?
Yes. We ask that you bring the letter with you when pick up your tickets.

Is there a shuttle bus?
The buses will be outside the Ryman Auditorium to take you to the evening showcase venues. You must be wearing a wristband or a registration badge in order to board.