The Americana music community came together to celebrate its own last night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile, and Billy Strings among those taking home 2022 honors.
In a reminder of just how diverse and welcoming the genre is, the six major awards were won by six different musicians. Newcomer Sierra Ferrell, instrumentalist Larissa Maestro and the husband-wife duo the War and Treaty all took home honors alongside Russell, Carlile, and Strings.
As was preannounced, The Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the Fairfield Four, the Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, late country star Don Williams and legendary Stax executive Al Bell.
Joining them was Buddy Miller, who was leading the Award’s house band for the 21st year. Robert Plant presented Miller with the surprise honor.
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Americana Music Award Winners 2022
Artist Of The Year
Duo/Group Of The Year
War & Treaty
Album Of The Year
Outside Child, Allison Russell (produced by Dan Knobler)
Song Of The Year
“Right on Time,” Brandi Carlile (written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth) — WINNER
Emerging Act of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year
Legacy of Americana Award (presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music)
Don Williams (posthumous)
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
Spirit of Americana Award
Special Lifetime Achievement Award