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Of the Year Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards

 

Past nominees and winners by year are listed below.

2014

Album of the Year
Southeastern, Jason Isbell - WINNER
The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis
The River And The Thread, Rosanne Cash
Build Me Up From Bones, Sarah Jarosz

Song of the Year
"Cover Me Up", Jason Isbell - WINNER
"A Feather's Not A Bird", Rosanne Cash
"Ohio", Patty Griffin
"Only Lies", Robert Ellis

Artist of the Year
Jason Isbell - WINNER
Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis

Duo/Group of the Year
The Milk Carton Kids - WINNER
The Avett Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Hard Working Americans, Lake Street Dive

Instrumentalist of the Year
Buddy Miller - WINNER
Larry Campbell, Fats Kaplin, Bryan Sutton

Emerging Artist of the Year
Sturgill Simpson - WINNER
Hurray For The Riff Raff, Parker Millsap, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Valerie June

Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Jackson Browne
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Taj Mahal
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
President's Award: Jimmie Rodgers / Award Presented to Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, MS

 

2013

Album of the Year

Old Yellow Moon - WINNER
Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell, Nonesuch

Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, New West Records
Cheaters Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Preminum Records
From The Ground Up, John Fullbright, Blue Dirt Records
O’ Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope, Dualtone Music Group

Song of the Year

"Birmingham" - WINNER
Written and performed by Shovels & Rope

"Good Things Happen to Bad People", Written and performed by Richard Thompson
"Ho Hey" - Written by Jeremy Fraites and Wesley Keith Schultz, Performed by The Lumineers
"North Side Gal" - Written and performed by JD McPherson

Artist of the Year

Dwight Yoakam - WINNER
Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson

Duo/Group of the Year

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - WINNER
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Shovels & Rope

Instrumentalist of the Year

Larry Campbell - WINNER
Doug Lancio, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Mike Bub

Emerging Artist of the Year

Shovels & Rope - WINNER
JD McPherson, John Fullbright, The Milk Carton Kids

Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Stephen Stills
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Chris Strachwitz
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Robert Hunter
President's Award: Hank Williams

2012

Album of the Year

This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark – Winner

Various artists, Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp

(Icehouse Music)

Here We Rest, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Lightning Rod Records

I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive, Steve Earle, New West Records

The Harrow & The Harvest, Gillian Welch, Acony Records

Song of the Year

“Alabama Pines” – Winner

Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

“Come Around” – Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz

“I Love” – Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin

“Waitin’ On The Sky” – Written and performed by Steve Earle

Artist of the Year

Gillian Welch - Winner

Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle

Duo/Group of the Year

The Civil Wars - Winner

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Punch Brothers

Instrumentalist of the Year

Dave Rawlings - Winner

Buddy Miller, Chris Thile, Darrell Scott

Emerging Artist of the Year

Alabama Shakes - Winner

Dawes, Deep Dark Woods, Robert Ellis

Lifetime Achievement for Performance

Bonnie Raitt
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist

Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting

Richard Thompson
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive

Dennis Lord


2011

Album of the Year

Band of Joy   -   Winner
Robert Plant
(Rounder)

Welder, Elizabeth Cook, 31 Tigers
Harlem River Blues
, Justin Townes Earle, Bloodshot
Blessed
, Lucinda Williams, Lost Highway

Song of the Year

“Harlem River Blues”   -   Winner
appears on Harlem River Blues
by Justin Townes Earle

“Down By The Water”, appears on The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
“El Camino”, appears on Welder by Elizabeth Cook
“KMAG YOYO”, appears on KMAG YOYO by Hayes Carll

Artist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, Robert Plant

Duo/Group of the Year

Avett Brothers   -   Winner
Civil Wars, Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Gurf Morlix, Kenny Vaughan, Sarah Jarosz, Will Kimbrough

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Mumford & Sons   -   Winner
Civil Wars, Secret Sisters, Jessica Lea Mayfield

Americana Trailblazer Award
Bob Harris

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Rick Hall

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Jerry Douglas

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Gregg Allman

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Lucinda Williams

 

2010

Album of the Year

The List   -   Winner
Rosanne Cash
(Manhattan)

A Friend of a Friend, Dave Rawlings Machine, Acony
Downtown Church
, Patty Griffin, Credential
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bordello

Song of the Year

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”   -   Winner
appears on Crazy Heart film soundtrack
by Ryan Bingham

“Drunken Poet’s Dream”, appears on A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) by Ray Wylie Hubbard
“Ruby”, appears on A Friend of a Friend by Dave Rawlings Machine
“I and Love and You”, appears on I and Love and You by Avett Brothers

Artist of the Year

Ryan Bingham   -   Winner
Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard

Duo/Group of the Year

Avett Brothers   -   Winner
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Band of Heathens, Dave Rawlings Machine

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Dave Rawlings, Will Kimbrough, Sam Bush

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Hayes Carll   -   Winner
Sarah Jarosz, Ryan Bingham, Corb Lund, Joe Pug

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Luke Lewis

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Greg Leisz

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Wanda Jackson

Lifetime Achievement Award Producer/Engineer
Brian Ahern

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
John Mellencamp

 

2009

Album of the Year

Written in Chalk   -   Winner
Buddy & Julie Miller
(New West)

Real Animal, Alejandro Escovedo, Back Porch
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Lightning Rod
Midnight At The Movies
, Justin Townes Earle, Bloodshot

Song of the Year

“Chalk”   -   Winner
appears on Written in Chalk
by Buddy & Julie Miller

“Country Love”, appears on Haymaker! by The Gourds
“Homeland Refugee”, appears on Hills & Valleys by The Flatlanders
“Rattlin’ Bones”, appears on Rattlin Bones by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
“Sex & Gasoline”, appears on Sex & Gasoline by Rodney Crowell

Artist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Alejandro Escovedo, Justin Townes Earle, Raul Malo

Duo/Group of the Year

Buddy & Julie Miller   -   Winner
The Flatlanders, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Reckless Kelly

Instrumentalist of the Year

Gurf Morlix   -   Winner
Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Justin Townes Earle   -   Winner
Band of Heathens, Belleville Outfit, Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Ken Levitan

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Sam Bush

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Asleep At The Wheel

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer
Jim Rooney

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
John Fogerty

President’s Award
Lowell George

 

2008

Album of the Year

Raising Sand   -   Winner
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
(Rounder)

Trouble In Mind, Hayes Carll, Lost Highway
Just Us Kids
, James McMurtry, Lightning Rod
Dirt Farmer
, Levon Helm, Vanguard

Song of the Year

“She Left Me For Jesus”   -   Winner
appears on Trouble In Mind
by Hayes Carll

“Broken”, appears on Another Country by Tift Merritt
“Cheney’s Toy”, appears on Just Us Kids by James McMurtry
“Gone Gone Gone”, appears on Raising Sand by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
“Poor Old Dirt Farmer”, appears on Dirt Farmer by Levon Helm

Artist of the Year

Levon Helm   -   Winner
Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale, James McMurtry

Duo/Group of the Year

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss   -   Winner
Drive-By Truckers, Kane Welch Kaplin, The Avett Brothers

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Chris Thile, Gurf Morlix, Sam Bush

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Mike Farris   -   Winner
Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham, SteelDrivers

Americana Trailblazer Award
Nanci Griffith

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Joan Baez

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Terry Lickona

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Larry Campbell

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Jason & The Scorchers

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer
Tony Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting

John Hiatt

President’s Award
Jerry Garcia

 

2007

Album of the Year

Children Running Through   -   Winner
Patty Griffin
(ATO)

Emotionalism, The Avett Brothers, Ramseur
Modern Times
, Bob Dylan, Columbia
West
, Lucinda Williams, Lost Highway

Song of the Year

“Hank Williams’ Ghost”   -   Winner
appears on Invisible Man
by Darrell Scott

“It Takes Balls To Be A Woman”, appears on Balls by Elizabeth Cook
“Are You Alright?”, appears on West by Lucinda Williams
“Heavenly Day”, appears on Children Running Through by Patty Griffin

Artist of the Year

Patty Griffin   -   Winner
Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams, Todd Snider

Duo/Group of the Year

Avett Brothers   -   Winner
The Duhks, Hacienda Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Son Volt

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller   -   Winner
Gurf Morlix, Sam Bush, Will Kimbrough

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Avett Brothers   -   Winner
Amy LaVere, Sunny Sweeney, Uncle Earl

Americana Trailblazer Award
Lyle Lovett

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Mavis Staples

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Mary Martin

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Ry Cooder

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Joe Ely

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer
Jim Dickinson

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Willie Nelson

President’s Award
Townes Van Zandt

 

2006

Album of the Year

Childish Things   -   Winner
James McMurtry
(Compadre)

Cost of Living, Delbert McClinton, New West
Soul’s Chapel
, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Superlatone/Universal South
The Outsider
, Rodney Crowell, Columbia

Song of the Year

“We Can’t Make It Here”   -   Winner
appears on Childish Things
by James McMurtry

“Black Cadillac”, appears on Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash
“Don’t Get Me Started”, appears on The Outsider by Rodney Crowell
“Not Ready To Make Nice”, appears on Taking The Long Way by Dixie Chicks

Artist of the Year

Neil Young   -   Winner
Rosanne Cash, James McMurtry, Marty Stuart

Duo/Group of the Year

Drive-By Truckers   -   Winner
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin, Carrie Rodriguez & Chip Taylor

Instrumentalist of the Year

Kenny Vaughan   -   Winner
Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

The Greencards   -   Winner
James Hunter, RobinElla, Uncle Earl

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Charlie Daniels

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Barry Poss

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Kenny Vaughan

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Alejandro Escovedo

Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer
Allen Toussaint

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Rodney Crowell

President’s Award
Mickey Newbury

 

2005

Album of the Year

Universal United House of Prayer   -   Winner
Buddy Miller
(New West)

The Revolution Starts… Now, Steve Earle, E-Squared/Artemis
Mercy Now
, Mary Gauthier, Lost Highway
Tambourine
, Tift Merritt, Lost Highway

Song of the Year

“Worry Too Much”   -   Winner
appears on Universal United House of Prayer
by Buddy Miller

“Good Hearted Man”, appears on Tambourine by Tift Merritt
“Mercy Now”, appears on Mercy Now by Mary Gauthier
“The Revolution Starts… Now”, appears on The Revolution Starts… Now by Steve Earle

Artist of the Year

John Prine   -   Winner
Steve Earle, Tift Merritt, Buddy Miller

Instrumentalist of the Year

Sonny Landreth   -   Winner
Alison Brown, Jerry Douglas, Gurf Morlix

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Mary Gauthier   -   Winner
Hayes Carll, The Duhks, Tom Gillam, Martha Wainwright

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Judy Collins

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
The Rounder Founders:
Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton, Bill Nowlin

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Marty Stuart

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Guy Clark

President’s Award
John Hartford

 

2004

Album of the Year

Van Lear Rose   -   Winner
Loretta Lynn
(Interscope)

One Moment More, Mindy Smith, Vanguard
Fate’s Right Hand
, Rodney Crowell, DMZ/Epic
Wishbones
, Slaid Cleaves, Philo

Song of the Year

“Fate’s Right Hand”   -   Winner
appears on Fate’s Right Hand
by Rodney Crowell

“Portland, Oregon”, appears on Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn
“Come To Jesus”, appears on One Moment More by Mindy Smith
“Wishbones”, appears on Wishbones by Slaid Cleaves

Artist of the Year

Loretta Lynn   -   Winner
Allison Moorer, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Griffin

Instrumentalist of the Year

Will Kimbrough   -   Winner
Jerry Douglas, Kenny Vaughan, Sam Bush

New/Emerging Artist of the Year

Mindy Smith   -   Winner
Adrienne Young, The Greencards, Old Crow Medicine Show

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Steve Earle

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Jack Emerson

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Chris Hillman

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Cowboy Jack Clement

President’s Award
The Carter Family

 

2003

Album of the Year

American IV: The Man Comes Around   -   Winner
Johnny Cash
(Lost Highway)

Failer, Kathleen Edwards, Rounder
Rainy Day Music
, The Jayhawks, Lost Highway
Midnight & Lonesome
, Buddy Miller, Hightone

Song of the Year

“Hurt”   -   Winner
appears on American IV: The Man Comes Around
by Johnny Cash

“Truth #2”, appears on Home by Dixie Chicks
“You Can’t Take It With You When You Go”, appears on One Step Ahead by Rhonda Vincent
“Righteously”, appears on World Without Tears by Lucinda Williams

Artist of the Year

Johnny Cash   -   Winner
Kathleen Edwards, Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams

Instrumentalist of the Year

Jerry Douglas   -   Winner
Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Kris Kristofferson

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Sam Phillips

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Levon Helm

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
John Prine

President’s Award
Gram Parsons

 

2002

Album of the Year

Buddy & Julie Miller   -   Winner
Buddy & Julie Miller
(Hightone)

Time (The Revelator), Gillian Welch, Acony
Now Again
, The Flatlanders, New West
Caught In The Webb: Tribute to Webb Pierce
, Various Artists, Audium/Chickadee

Song of the Year

“She’s Looking at Me”   -   Winner
appears on Lost In The Lonesome Pines
by Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

“Heather’s All Bummed Out”, appears on Things Change by Lonesome Bob
“I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll”, appears on Time (The Revelator) by Gillian Welch

“My Wildest Dreams Grow Wilder Every Night”, appears on Now Again by The Flatlanders

Artist of the Year

Jim Lauderdale   -   Winner
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, The Flatlanders, Buddy & Julie Miller

Instrumentalist of the Year

Jerry Douglas   -   Winner
Chris Thile, David Rawlings, Kenny Vaughan

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award

Johnny Cash

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
T Bone Burnett

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Emmylou Harris

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Billy Joe Shaver

President’s Award
Doug Sahm