John Prine took home the award for album of the year for his Dave Cobb-produced 2018 album The Tree of Forgiveness. Prine also won Song of the Year for "Summer's End," along with the song's co-writer Pat McLaughlin.
Brandi Carlile, who performed her song "The Mother" during the ceremony, was named Artist of the Year. Carlile used her acceptance speech to recognize her fellow nominees Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples. ("Mavis took a DNA test...turns out she's 100 percent that legend," Carlile quipped.)
Husband and wife duo The War and Treaty won the Emerging Act of the Year award, while supergroup I'm With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, and Aoife O'Donovan) took home the award for Duo/Group of the Year.
Music legend and activist Mavis Staples was presented with the Inspiration Award. Elvis Costello, Delbert McClinton, Rhiannon Giddens and Maria Muldaur also received special recognition. See a full list of winners and honorees below.
2019 Americana Award Winners:
Album of the Year:
The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine, produced by Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year:
Song of the Year:
"Summer's End," John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine
Duo/Group of the Year:
I'm With Her
Emerging Act of the Year:
The War and Treaty
Instrumentalist of the Year:
Felice & Boudleaux Bryant
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting:
Legacy of Americana Award, presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music:
Rhiannon Giddens and Frank Johnson
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance:
Inspiration Award, presented in partnership with the First Amendment Center: