While historically Robert Plant and Nashville might not go hand in hand with each other, the legendary Led Zeppelin front man and Music City were pretty good for each other Thursday night (Oct. 13), as he picked up a top album nod at the 10th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards.
The night also proved to be a fruitful one for acclaimed singer/songwriter Buddy Miller, who took Artist of the Year honors as well as the Instrumentalist of the Year prize, bringing his total of wins over the years to 12.
The evening also featured a heavy dose of emotion. Lucinda Williams' acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting was a highlight, as well as Alison Krauss's presentation of the same award in the Instrumentalist category to longtime friend and Union Station member Jerry Douglas.
Many of the genre's top performers performed during the show. Elizabeth Cook dazzled with "El Camino" from her CD "Welder," and the Secret Sisters' performance of "Why Don't You Love Me" -- a song that Hank Williams performed on that same stage decades ago -- brought things full circle.
2011 Americana Music Awards Winners:
Album of the Year: "Band Of Joy," Robert Plant
Artist of the Year: Buddy Miller
Instrumentalist of the Year: Buddy Miller
New / Emerging Artist: Mumford and Sons
Song of the Year: "Harlem River Blues" by Justin Townes Earle
Duo / Group of the Year: The Avett Brothers
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Songwriter: Lucinda Williams
Performance: Gregg Allman
Instrumentalist: Jerry Douglas
Executive: Rick Hall
Trailblazer Award: BOB HARRIS
The awards ceremony is the centerpiece of the Americana Music Festival and Conference, which goes on through Saturday (Oct. 15) in Nashville.