The Americana Music Association's 2023 Song of the Year has been awarded to Bonnie Raitt's self-penned 'Just Like That.'
Included on her 2022 album, the song serves as the title track to the revered singer and guitarists' eighteenth studio album. In addition to being the sole writer, she also self-produced 'Just Like That'.
"I'm so proud of this organization and I'm so proud of the musicians that we foster, nurture and support. Thank God for the Americana format," Raitt shared from the stage.
"That song came to me as a gift to channel through me. I wanted to write a song inspired by our beloved John Prine," she added. "To be able to have the story of grace and redemption in these times of such cruelty, stupidity and suffering means so much to me."
Detailing the story of a woman who's visited by the recipient of her son's heart received during a life-saving organ donation operation, 'Just Like That' has earned quite a few accolades since its release. Among them were the Best American Roots Song and Song of the Year at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
Following her Grammy wins, the song marked Raitt's first No. 1 single on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart.
Raitt's touching tune was up against some pretty steep competition in the Song of the Year category. The other nominees included
Margo Price's 'Change of Heart', Charley Crockett's 'I'm Just a Clown', Zach Bryan's 'Something in the Orange' and Allison Russell's 'You're Not Alone'.
For more on the 2023 Americana Honors & Awards, see below:
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