Tuesday, December 15, 2020
– The Highwomen were the big winners of the Americana Music Association's 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards.
The Highwomen - the super group Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires - of took home Album of the Year for their self-titled debut, Song of the Year for "Crowded Table" and Duo/Group of the Year. Dave Cobb produced the CD, while Carlile, Hemby and Lori McKenna wrote "Crowded Table."
The late John Prine was Artist of the Year.
Black Pumas were named Emerging Act of the Year).
Brittany Haas took home Instrumentalist of the Year.
Following a prolific couple of years thanks to his final album "The Tree of Forgiveness," Prine becomes the first artist in Honors & Awards history to be posthumously nominated in this category and this is his fourth AOTY win since 2005.
Rising duo Black Pumas were named Emerging Act of the Year after garnering praise for their full-length debut, "Colors." Over the last year, the band has sold out multiple tours across North America and Europe while making national appearances on shows like PBS' Austin City Limits and CBS This Morning, as well as receiving multiple GRAMMY nominations.
A member of the quartet Hawktail, Haas who plays fiddle, has also lent her skills to collaborators including Steve Martin, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Winners were announced this morning via social media.