Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly has announced a partnership with AXS TV, resulting in a two-year commitment to provide the live broadcast of the annual Americana Honors & Awards. Beginning with this year’s ceremony September 12 at the Ryman Auditorium, AXS TV will give viewers an exclusive experience of the show including sound checks, red carpet and interviews.
The event will feature performances from Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars, Jakob Dylan, Guy Clark, Booker T. Jones, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, The Mavericks, and more. Additionally, the late Levon Helm will be remembered will an all-star tribute.
“The Americana Music Association is home to a great community of independently spirited artists, and as an entrepreneur with the largest independently owned and operated television network, I relate to these musicians and their spirit,” says AXS TV co-founder and President Mark Cuban. “AXS TV shines a spotlight on the Americana Honors & Awards to celebrate the important history of this music genre and more importantly, to celebrate these incredibly talented artists and all they offer music fans everywhere.”
In addition to the live television broadcast, the Honors & Awards will be broadcast live on radio, satellite and the web through numerous outlets including WSM, SiriusXM’s “Outlaw Country,” and NPR.org. As usual, Austin City Limits will present an edited TV special for PBS in the weeks following.
The annual Americana Music Association Festival & Conference kicks off September 12 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, and runs through September 15 with nightly performances in venues across town. More information here.