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Emerging Artist of the Year
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Amy LaVere
  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Uncle Earl
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music
  • Mavis Staples
Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award
  • Lyle Lovett
Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter
  • Willie Nelson
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist
  • Ry Cooder
Lifetime Achievement for Performance
  • Joe Ely
Lifetime Achievement Award Producer/Engineer
  • Jim Dickinson
President's Award
  • Townes Van Zandt
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
  • Mary Martin


Album of the Year
  • Childish Things
    James McMurtry; Compadre
  • Cost Of Living
    Delbert McClinton; New West Records
  • The Outsider
    Rodney Crowell; Columbia Records
  • Soul's Chapel
    Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives; Superlatone/Universal Records South
Song of the Year
  • We Can't Make It Here
    James McMurtry; Written by James McMurtry
  • Black Cadillac
    Rosanne Cash; Written by Rosanne Cash
  • Don't Get Me Started
    Rodney Crowell; Written by Rodney Crowell
  • Not Ready To Make Nice
    The Dixie Chicks; Written by Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson
Artist of the Year
  • Neil Young
  • Rosanne Cash
  • James McMurtry
  • Marty Stuart