Americana Music Awards – Music Connection Magazine

The Americana music community came together to celebrate its own night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile and Billy Strings among those taking home the 2022 honors.

Brandi Carlile [Laura Schneider Photo]

Recalling how diverse and welcoming the genre is, the six major awards were won by six different musicians. Newcomer Sierra Ferrell, instrumentalist Larissa Maestro and husband-wife duo The War and Treaty all took top honors alongside Russell, Carlile and Strings.

As announced, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the Fairfield Four, the Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, country star Don Williams and legendary Stax executive Al Bell.

Joining them was Buddy Miller, who led the award house band for the 21st year. Robert Plant presented Miller with the surprise honor.

All photos: Laura Schneider Photo

Allison Russell and Brandi Carlile [Laura Schneider Photo]

2022 American Music Awards Winners

Artist of the Year
Billy strings

Duo/Group of the Year
War and Treaty

album of the year
Outside Child, Allison Russell (produced by Dan Knobler)

Brandi Carlile [Laura Schneider Photo]

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
Sierra Ferrel

Instrumentalist of the Year
Larissa Maestro

Legacy of Americana Award (presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music)
Fairfield Four

President’s Award
Don Williams (posthumous)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chris Isaac

Lifetime Achievement Award
Al Bell

American Spirit Award
indigo girls

Special Lifetime Achievement Award
Friend Miller

[Laura Schneider Photo]

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