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2006

Instrumentalist of the Year
  • Kenny Vaughan
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Tim O'Brien
  • Bryan Sutton
Duo/Group of the Year
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell
  • Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, & Fats Kaplin
  • Carrie Rodriguez & Chip Taylor
Emerging Artist of the Year
  • The Greencards
  • James Hunter
  • RobinElla
  • Uncle Earl
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music
  • Charlie Daniels
Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter
  • Rodney Crowell
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist
  • Kenny Vaughan
Lifetime Achievement for Performance
  • Alejandro Escovedo
Lifetime Achievement Award Producer/Engineer
  • Allen Toussaint
President's Award
  • Mickey Newbury
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
  • Barry Poss

2005

Album of the Year
  • Universal United House of Prayer
    Buddy Miller; New West Records
  • Mercy Now
    Mary Gautier; Lost Highway
  • The Revolution Starts... Now
    Steve Earle; E-Squared/Artemis
  • Tambourine
    Tift Merritt; Lost Highway
Song of the Year
  • Worry Too Much
    Buddy Miller; Written by Mark Heard
  • Good Hearted Man
    Tift Merritt; Written by Tift Merritt
  • Mercy Now
    Mary Gauthier; Written by Mary Gauthier
  • The Revolution Starts... Now
    Steve Earle; Written by Steve Earle