Rhiannon Giddens, Francis Johnson to get Americana award

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, file photo, Rhiannon Giddens performs during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston. Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Giddens and a pioneering composer named Francis “Frank” Johnson will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award, on Sept. 11, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and pioneering composer Francis "Frank" Johnson will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award.

The Americana Music Association announced the new award on Wednesday in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music. The award will be presented during the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 11.

Giddens, from North Carolina, won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best traditional folk album with the string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has spent her career exploring the history of African roots music.

Johnson was a Philadelphia musician, bandleader and composer during the 1800s and was the first published black composer of sheet music. He published over 250 compositions during his lifetime.

Must Read

At 93, legendary climber Fred Beckey still...

Aug 13, 2016

Legendary Seattle climber Fred Beckey is the focus of a new documentary film about his life

Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in 'Star Wars,'...

Aug 13, 2016

Kenny Baker, the 3-foot 8-inch (1.1 meter) actor who played R2-D2 in the "Star Wars" films, has died

Stellan Skarsgard proud of his sons for being...

Aug 15, 2016

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard feels that his sons are talented actors, but it's more important to...

Court rejects Cosby's attempt to reseal testimony...

Aug 15, 2016

A federal appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's effort to reseal his deposition testimony about...

'A Star is Born' remake to feature Lady Gaga,...

Aug 17, 2016

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are starring in a remake of "A Star is Born.

Sign up now!

About Us

In The Headline sought to bring professionalism back into journalism, bringing you only the most exclusive and the most impactive news from all over the globe.

Contact us: sales[at]intheheadline.com