The Americana Music Association will present lifetime achievement awards to Ricky Skaggs, Eagles co-founder Don Henley, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Los Lobos at its 14th annual honors and awards ceremony Sept. 16 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
All the honorees will perform during the ceremony which will be taped to air on PBS. Whether the event will be live-streamed, as it was last year, is still being worked out, a spokesperson for the association said.
The awards presentation is the highlight of the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference taking place in Nashville Sept. 15-20.
Skaggs will receive his award as an instrumentalist, focusing on his work as a mandolin player and his role in popularizing bluegrass music.
For Henley, it will be a “trailblazer” trophy acknowledging his status as “an icon of California-tinged country-rock,” as well as his work as an environmentalist and advocate for artists’ rights.
Welch and Rawlings will be jointly acknowledged for songwriting. Their catalog boasts such classics as “Orphan Girl,” “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby” and “Time (The Revelator).”
Sainte-Marie will be given the Spirit of Americana-Free Speech in Music award for melding her music with political activism since the 1960s. The award is co-sponsored by the First Amendment Center.
The band Los Lobos will be honored in the performance category for music that “changed the look, sound and language of roots music, making it more inclusive and reflective of the American story.”
Tickets to the awards show are available only to paid conference registrants.