Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley Among Americana Music Association’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
The Americana Music Association has announced their 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients.
The winners this year are Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Don Henley, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Los Lobos, all of whom will be presented their honors at the 2015 Americana Music Awards, set for Sept. 16 at the Ryman Auditorium. Each of the honorees will perform during the ceremony.
“These artists have not only influenced the Americana community, but the musical landscape on the whole,” Jed Hilly, executive director of the AMA says. “They all have been an inspiration to our community, and we are humbled they will honor us in song at the Ryman this fall.”
Skaggs is set to take home the award as an instrumentalist, recognizing his role in promoting the popularity of bluegrass music for decades with his mandolin. Welch and Rawlings will be receiving the award for songwriting, having penned tracks for their own albums as well as for artists including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet, ZZ Top, Joan Baez, the Punch Brothers and others.
Henley, a co-founder of the Eagles, will be honored with the Trailblazer Award, recognizing his work in multiple genres, from his time with the Eagles and his rock-heavy solo work of the '80s and '90s to his collaborations with country artists such as Krauss, Ronnie Dunn and Trisha Yearwood. The award also pays tribute to Henley's work with artists' rights and environmental organizations.
Saint-Marie's role in activism is also the main reason for her receipt of the Spirit of Americana-Free Speech in Music Award. Since the 1960s, she has devoted her music to political and social activism, which led to her music being practically blacklisted from radio in the 1970s.
Lastly, Los Lobos will be honored with the performance award, for their mixture of sounds from traditional Mexican music, soul and rock.
Tickets to the 2015 Americana Music Awards are only open to those who register for the 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference, which is set to take place Sept. 15-20. More information about the conference and festival can be found at AmericanaMusic.org.