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The Highwomen, John Prine, Black Pumas, Brittany Haas Top Americana Music Awards

The annual Americana Honors & Awards has named this year’s winners which include The Highwomen (Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year), the late John Prine (Artist of the Year), Black Pumas (Emerging Act of the Year) and Brittany Haas (Instrumentalist of the Year).

The Highwomen (Brandi CarlileNatalie HembyMaren Morris and Amanda Shires) won in three out of the six membership-voted awards categories with wins for Album of the Year for their self-titled debut, produced by Dave Cobb; Song of the Year for “Crowded Table,” written by Carlile, Hemby and Lori McKenna; and Duo/Group of the Year.

The late John Prine has been deemed as Artist of the Year. The 2003 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting honoree becomes the first artist in Honors & Awards history to be posthumously nominated in this category and this is his fourth AOTY win since 2005.

Black Pumas were named Emerging Act of the Year after garnering praise for their full-length debut, “Colors.”

One of the most influential fiddlers of her generation, Brittany Haas took home Instrumentalist of the Year. A member Hawktail, Haas has also lent her skills to collaborators including Steve Martin, Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and others.

“I could not be more proud of this slate of winners,” shared Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “Although we terribly miss celebrating together at the Ryman as we usually have in years past, we’re thrilled to still be able to recognize these distinguished members of our community.”

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