Americana Honors & Awards To Air Nationwide On AXS TV Sunday, Dec. 16

americanamusicassociation_logo_thumbAXS TV will broadcast the Americana Honors & Awards program, a two-hour special dedicated to celebrating roots music, at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM on Sunday December 16.  The program will be rebroadcast later in the evening at 12:20AM ET / 9:20 PM PT.

The Americana Honors & Awards, described by Paste Magazine as “the best awards show in the world,” honors Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson and many more. Performances throughout the night will feature, in addition to the aforementioned honorees, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, the Mavericks and new Americana torchbearers Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, Sarah Jarosz, Robert Ellis and the Deep Dark Woods. The finale of the program remembers legendary Americana trailblazer, Levon Helm, with a special all-star tribute.

The program, presented by Nissan and the Tennessee Department of Tourism, was originally broadcast LIVE on AXS TV.  A one hour musical special was also created with performances culled from the event titled ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 which aired in the Austin City Limits timeslot on PBS.  The new AXS TV special will feature all 19 performances from the critically acclaimed event as well as compelling and often heartwarming speeches by the artists honoring the best of the best of Americana.

AXS TV is nationwide on cable, satellite and telco (Dish, DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse).  Specific cable markets and their corresponding provider can be found at

The annual ceremony, which is held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, reflects the genre’s brightest talents, honoring the roots of American music and its tapestry of influence.  From lyricists that articulate the human condition to unrivaled instrumentalists; Americana has been described by The New York Times as “the coolest music scene today.”

The program airs as interest in the Americana genre is increasing following the Recording Academy’s recent announcement of the 2012 Best Americana Album GRAMMY® nominees.  The category features previous Americana Music Association award recipients The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Bonnie Raitt, along with newcomers the Lumineers and John Fullbright.

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