Cash Takes Top Americana Honors
A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash was bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards Friday at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville.A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash was bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards Friday at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash won song of the year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and album of the Year for "American IV: The Man Comes Around," the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin.
Cash's late wife June Carter was posthumously saluted with an award from Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen. "It's amazing how their spirit continues in their passing," the couple's son John R. Cash said in accepting the award, which declared a day of recognition in the state. "They were never apart. And the music will live on."
Cash's longtime friend Kris Kristofferson received the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award. The veteran actor/songwriter also performed the song "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down."
The late Gram Parsons was presented with the President's Award, accepted by his daughter Polly. "My father wanted more than anything to be accepted by Nashville, and tonight he is," she said. "I'm sure he and Johnny are kicking it off right now."
Dobro player Jerry Douglas won best instrumentalist; the Band singer Levon Helm was given a lifetime achievement award for a performer; late producer/Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was honored with a lifetime achievement award for an executive; and singer/songwriter John Prine won a lifetime achievement for songwriters.