The 2021 Americana Music Awards took place last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the first time the ceremony was held in person since it went on hiatus in 2020.
Brandi Carlile won Artist of the Year, an honor that wasn't lost on her considering the year it had been. "To be Artist of the Year in the one like we've all had, I think it's profound, and I don't take this for granted because it was hard to be an artist this year", she said.
Sturgill Simpson's bluegrass album Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 won Album of the Year, and Charley Crockett took home Emerging Artist of the Year. See the full list below.
The late John Prine won Song of the Year for 'I Remember Everything'. His wife Fiona and three sons accepted on his behalf. "I don't think I was ever in this building without John", she said. "But I think he's here."
Carlile, Margo Price and Amanda Shires all delivered a tribute performance of 'I Remember Everything', while Steve Earle honored his late son Justin Townes Earle with a performance of 'Harlem River Blues'.
The night also featured several performers, from nominees Crockett, Jason Isbell, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, and Valerie June, and other artists such as Sarah Jarosz and The Highwomen.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions), Sturgill Simpson, produced by David Ferguson & Sturgill Simpson
J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes, produced by Steve Earle
The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, Valerie June, produced by Valerie June, Ben Rice & Jack Splash
Reunions, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, produced by Dave Cobb
World On The Ground, Sarah Jarosz, produced by John Leventhal
SONG OF THE YEAR:
"Black Myself," Amythyst Kiah, written by Amythyst Kiah
"Call Me A Fool," Valerie June ft. Carla Thomas, written by Valerie June
"Dreamsicle," Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, written by Jason Isbell
"I Remember Everything," John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin & John Prine
"Long Violent History," Tyler Childers, written by Tyler Childers
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Our Native Daughters
The War and Treaty
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:
Simpson, Crockett, Price, Kiah, and many others recently played MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Read our review of the festival.