The 2018 Americana Honors & Awards ceremony was held on Sept. 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The star-studded event, which was hosted by the Milk Carton Kids, featured performances by Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and more.
Jason Isbell was the night’s big winner, earning three awards for Album, Group and Song of the Year, while Jon Prine bested the field to take home the Artist of the Year award.
The Honors & Awards ceremony is the centerpiece of AmericanaFest (Sept. 11–16), which features more than 100 artists performing at different venues throughout Nashville.
Check out all of the winners below.
Album of the Year
- “The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb WINNER
- “All American Made,” Margo Price, Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang
- “By The Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile, Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings
- “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Artist of the Year
- John Prine WINNER
- Brandi Carlile
- Jason Isbell
- Margo Price
Duo/Group of the Year
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit WINNER
- I’m With Her
- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Emerging Act of the Year
- Tyler Childers WINNER
- Courtney Marie Andrews
- Anderson East
- Lilly Hiatt
Song of the Year
- “If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell WINNER
- “A Little Pain,” Margo Price, Written by Margo Price
- “All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack, Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam Wright
- “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
Instrumentalist of the Year
- Molly Tuttle WINNER
- Daniel Donato
- Brittany Haas
- Jerry Pentecost
This year’s special honorees induced:
- Rosanne Cash: Spirit of Americana Free Speech Awardk.d. lang: Americana Trailblazer Award:
- Buddy Guy: Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist:
- Irma Thomas: Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance
- Cris Williamson and Judy Dlugacz of Olivia Records: Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
photo by Jason Simanek