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John Prine Honored at 2020 AMA Music Awards

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The Americana Music Association honored the late John Prine during the 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards on December 15, 2020. Prine, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) before he died in April 2020 at age 73 due to complications related to COVID-19, was named the AMA 2020 Artist of the Year.

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John Prine pictured at the AMA music awards in September 2019, where he won Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

The 2003 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting honoree became the first artist in Honors & Awards history to be posthumously nominated in this category and this was his fourth Artist of the Year win since 2005.

The Americana Honors & Awards program provides a unique platform for commemorating the best and brightest musicians in the Americana music scene. The awards are usually handed out during a ceremony at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, in an effort to preserve the safety of musicians, fans, and other members of the close-knit roots community, the Americana Music Association chose to forego having an in-person ceremony this year.







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