Support our efforts, sign up to a full membership!
(Start for free)
Register or login with just your e-mail address

Rhiannon Giddens To Receive Inaugural Legacy Of Americana Award At Americana Honors & Awards

Rhiannon Giddens To Receive Inaugural Legacy Of Americana Award At Americana Honors & Awards

Our news in your mail

* indicates required
News frequency *


New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Rhiannon Giddens will receive the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award from the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and the Americana Music Association, as will posthumous recipient Francis "Frank" Johnson, a pioneering American composer from the Antebellum era. The award will be presented during the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards on September 11 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, at which Giddens is up for Artist of the Year and her group Our Native Daughters for Duo/Group of the Year as well. Rhiannon Giddens will also speak on a panel with writer John Jeremiah Sullivan - whose article on Giddens, Johnson, and the legacy of black string band music was published in The New Yorker earlier this year - on the closing day of AmericanaFest's music industry conference in Nashville, September 13.

The Legacy of Americana Award is part of a new partnership between the National Museum of African American Music, the only museum committed to preserving the legacy and honoring the musical accomplishments of African Americans, and the Americana Music Association, whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. This new partnership stems from the two institutions' mutual dedication to commemorating innovative musicians, composers, and producers who have left an indelible impact on music and culture.

The award has been instituted to honor an artist, writer, producer, or educator who has either made a lasting impression through music or inspired art to recognize the legacy of Americana music traditions. Replicas of the awards will be showcased at the museum, which is scheduled to open in early 2020 in downtown Nashville.

Giddens has shared this dedication throughout her highly lauded career by carrying on the underrepresented origins of African roots music and breathing new life into its deep history. In the US, her work traces a lineage of string music back to the late Johnson, who became the first African American to publish sheet music, composing well over 200 published pieces. Yet, the formative fiddle musician and his contributions have largely been forgotten in the context of musical history after his passing in the mid-1800s, so much so that even locating an identifying photo is seemingly virtually impossible. The Legacy of Americana Award aims to shine a light on both of these musicians' unparalleled influences on American roots music.

"African American artists play pivotal roles in the tapestry of Americana music," said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and President of NMAAM. "Through the Legacy of Americana Award and our new partnership with the Association, we hope to shine a light on forgotten artists like Frank Johnson, whose stories may have been lost to history, and on innovators like Rhiannon Giddens, who is pushing Americana and American music forward by exploring the past."

"We are honored to partner with the National Museum of African American Music and present the first Legacy of Americana Award to Rhiannon Giddens and Frank Johnson," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "Without a legacy, art would not outlive its creator. These two exemplary artists embody the spirit of this award. Furthermore, it is imperative to continue celebrating those who have made lasting impressions or have inspired art that recognizes the legacy of Americana music traditions, and this honor is a rightful step in the direction of preserving that history."

NMAAM, set to open in early 2020 in Nashville, is dedicated to educating, preserving and honoring the legacy of African Americans and their contributions to music. With over 1,400 artifacts already collected, NMAAM will be the only museum in the world whose mission is solely focused on black music. For more information, visit nmaam.org.

Described by Emmylou Harris as "the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere," the association's Americana Honors & Awards serves as the hallmark event of AmericanaFest, September 10-15 in Nashville. In addition to Rhiannon Giddens' two nominations this year—for Artist of the Year and her group Our Native Daughters for Duo/Group of the Year—Yola has been nominated as Emerging Act of the Year, and her Dan Auerbach-produced debut album, Walk Through Fire, has been nominated for Album of the Year. Punch Brothers guitarist Chris "Critter" Eldridge has been nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year. Tickets for the Americana Honors & Awards are exclusively available for purchase by AmericanaFest Conference Registrants at americanamusic.org.






Most read news of the week
Rising Star Owen Barney Releases New EP Diamonds & Dust, Including Hit Single "Somebody Like You" Ft. Alysssa Reid
Ariana Grande On Course For Sixth Uk No 1 Single With Boyfriend!
Jay-Z Makes History With 100 Solo Billboard Hot 100 Appearances!
Nordic Pop Singer Johanna Kuvaja Presents Debut Upbeat Single 'Shower'
LaPrima Releases New Single "No More"
Linda McCartney's 1998 Compilation "Wide Prairie," Out Now
The Miami Beach Pop Festival Announces Daily Lineups
The Mission's Wayne Hussey Announces EU-UK Tour & Schecter Guitar Giveaway
Celebrating The 20th Anniversary Of The 1999 Performance And Grammy-Winning S&M Album, Metallica & San Francisco Symphony Reunite For S&M²
Badflower Announces "OK, I'm Sick" Fall Tour (Tickets On-Sale August 2nd)
Olivia Rox Releases 'It Girl' - Debut Single And Official Music Video
Bon Iver Announce Worldwide "i,i" Listening Parties
KP The Great Announces Headlining Set At One Musicfest
Wyclef Jean To Headline House By Heineken At Outside Lands Music Festival
Ariana Grande & Social House Release "Boyfriend", New Signle And Video Out Now!




© 2001-2020
top40-charts.com (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0304401 secs // 4 () queries in 0.007133960723877 secs


Support Top40-Charts.com (5$/year) We noticed you are using an Ad blocker! Please consider supporting our site. We provide free content for everyone and would love to only be funded by music lovers -> Find out how