Yet more glory for Ryan Bingham as he takes top prizes at Americanas
Ryan Bingham’s stellar year continued at the Americana Music Association’s annual awards in Nashville last night.
The former bull rider was named Artist of the Year and, along with T Bone Burnett, he took Song of the Year for “The Weary Kind” – the theme to the movie Crazy Heart that has already won the pair an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
It was a less successful night for Dave Rawlings. He had topped the list going into the awards with four nominations in the six categories, but he was shut out.
Album of the Year went to Rosanne Cash for The List, a selection of the “essential country songs” on a list put together by her father Johnny to complete his then-teenage daughter’s musical education.
The Avett Brothers continued their rise to stardom by taking the Duo/Group of the Year for the second time – their previous victory was in 2007 when they were also named New or Emerging Artist. This time, that award went to Hayes Carll, five years after he was first nominated for it.
Buddy Miller, who led the band at the event, was named Best Instrumentalist for the third time.
The ceremony also gave a “Spirit of Americana” free speech award to Mary Chapin Carpenter, and lifetime achievement awards to John Mellencamp, Wanda Jackson and Lucinda Williams.
The audience was also treated to a short after-ceremony concert by Robert Plant from his new album “Band of Joy”, along with Miller, Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott.
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