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2012

Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Dawes
  • Deep Dark Woods
  • Robert Ellis
Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter
  • Richard Thompson
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist
  • Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement for Performance
  • Bonnie Raitt
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
  • Dennis Lord

2011

Album of the Year
  • Band of Joy
    Robert Plant; Rounder Records
  • Blessed
    Lucinda Williams; Lost Highway
  • Harlem River Blues
    Justin Townes Earle; Bloodshot
  • Welder
    Elizabeth Cook; Thirty Tigers
Song of the Year
  • Harlem River Blues
    Justin Townes Earle; Written by Justin Townes Earle
  • Down By The Water
    The Decemberists; Written by Colin Meloy
  • El Camino
    Elizabeth Cook; Written by Elizabeth Cook
  • KMAG YOYO
    Hayes Carll; Written by Hayes Carll, Scott Davis, and John Evans
Artist of the Year
  • Buddy Miller
  • Hayes Carll
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Robert Plant
Instrumentalist of the Year
  • Buddy Miller
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Will Kimbrough
  • Gurf Morlix
  • Kenny Vaughan
Duo/Group of the Year
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Civil Wars
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Robert Plant & The Band of Joy
Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Mumford & Sons
  • The Civil Wars
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield
  • The Secret Sisters
Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award
  • Bob Harris