Guitar-picking wonder, Billy Strings, has been honored with the Americana Music Association's 2023 Artist of the Year Award, marking his second consecutive win in the category.
"I moved to Nashville in 2015 not really knowing what I'd find or what would happen. I found the most colorful and vibrant musical community that I could ever imagine," Strings explained. "I'm so honored to be part of this community and to be mentioned in the same breath as the other nominees."
Strings beat out several big hitters in the highly contested category, including Charley Crockett, Sierra Ferrell, Margo Price and Allison Russell.
The massively talented musician has spent much of the last year criss-crossing the United States, bringing his electric, revival-like shows to cities across the country both on festival bills and his own solo dates.
Michigan-born and Nashville-based, Strings recently unveiled his collaboration with the legendary Willie Nelson, 'California Sober', which follows his most recent full-length album, Me/And/Dad. The record features new versions of fourteen bluegrass and country classics performed between the decorated entertainer and his father.
Since his 2017 debut, Strings has racked up an illustrious list of accolades, including Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards.
He's also secured the trophy for Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards, as well as the Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021.
For more on the 2023 Americana Honors & Awards, see below: