Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell Win Big at AmericanaFest


By Robyn Collins

Chris Stapleton can now add 2016 American Music Association Artist of the Year to his growing list of accomplishments. The award was presented to him by fellow country stars, Wynonna Judd and Sam Palladio.

Related: Chris Stapleton Plays New Song and a Tom Petty Cover at Long Island Show

Jason Isbell won album of the year for his records, Something More Than Free. He received the award from his good friend, legendary Americana figure John Prine.

King George (Strait) was on hand to present Jim Lauderdale with the coveted Wagonmaster Award.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Group/Duo of the Year
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Song of the Year
“24 Frames,” Jason Isbell

Emerging Artist of the Year
Margo Price

Instrumentalist of the Year
Sara Watkins

Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award
Billy Bragg

Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer
Shawn Colvin

Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting
William Bell

Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance
Bob Weir

President’s Award
Woody Guthrie

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