The ninth annual Americana Music Awards took place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 9 and celebrated a year’s worth of great American roots music. The highlights from the evening included the theme from film Crazy Heart earning Song of the Year honors: Co-written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett; Rosanne Cash’s “The List” received Album of the Year; while the Avett Brothers walked away with a Duo/Group of the Year win. 2010 Americana Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern. PHOTOS: ERIKA GOLDRING

Ryan Bingham won big at the Americana Music Awards, winning both Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Weary Kind”. Bingham poses here with the Courtyard Hounds, Martie Maguire (left) andEmily Robison (right). In addition to taking home two awards, Bingham performed his song “Hallelujah” at the three-hour show that also included performances by The Avett Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams and John Mellencamp.

Pictured here are Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris backstage at the 9th annual Americana Music Awards. Harris was on hand to perform as well as present the Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer to Brian Ahern. Along with Gibson Guitar Corp. president Dave Berryman, Plant presented the Instrumentalist of the Year award to Buddy Miller. Then Plant and his band closed out the event with a 30-minute set that previewed material from his upcoming album “Band of Joy” is due out out September 14 on Rounder Records.

Pictured here are Jody Williams, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI; 2010 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Wanda Jackson; Jack White, who presented Jackson with her award; Danna Strong, Director of Operations, Americana Music Association; and Jed Hilly, Executive Director, Americana Music Association. PHOTO: KAY WILLIAMS