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Duos Reign at Americana Music Honors & Awards Ceremony

Emmylou Harris Rodney Crowell Americana Honors and Awards 2013
Rick Diamond, Getty Images for Americana Music Festival

It was a celebration of duos at Wednesday night’s (Sept. 18) 12th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, held at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell won Duo of the Year, as well as Album of the Year, for their collaborative album, ‘Old Yellow Moon,’ while new twosome Shovels & Rope received the trophy for Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for their debut single, ‘Birmingham,’ from their ‘O’ Be Joyful’ album.

Harris and Crowell, longtime friends as well as musical partners, were also heralded for their contributions to Americana music during the ceremony. “We might very well not be here, as a genre and as an association, were it not for Emmy and Rodney,” Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, said (quote via Music Row). “That we are celebrating them tonight not for the work they did 35 years ago, but for the work they did this year, on the same show that we’re awarding another duo that is only on its first album, speaks volumes about where we’re headed. What an amazing night.”

Duane Eddy, Dr. John, Robert Hunter and American roots music label executive Chris Strachwitz each took home a Lifetime Achievement award, while  Dwight Yoakam won  Artist of the Year and Hank Williams received the President’s Award posthumously.

Americana Music Honors & Awards 2013 Winners:

Album of the Year: ‘Old Yellow Moon,’ Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Artist of the Year: Dwight Yoakam
Duo Group of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: ‘Birmingham,’ Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year: Shovels & Rope
Instrumentalist of the year: Larry Campbell
Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Stephen Stills
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Chris Strachwitz
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Robert Hunter
President’s Award: Hank Williams

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