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Since 2002, the Americana Music Association has held its annual Americana Honors & Awards show, which celebrates the music and musicians whose work is heard in various roots-music styles, including roots-rock, country, folk, bluegrass, alt-country, blues and R&B. Over the years, the ceremony has become a singular event in the genre, with honors given to the new — Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, Shovels & Rope — as well as to legends such as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, Loretta Lynn and John Prine.
Over the years, these ceremonies have included some incredible performances, and the 2015 awards show (held in September at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium) was no different. Watch some of the highlights below, including performances by Shakey Graves, Los Lobos, The Lone Bellow, The Mavericks, Rhiannon Giddens, Lee Ann Womack, Ry Cooder with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, Buffy Saint-Marie, Buddy Miller with Marc Ribot, and more.