Loretta Lynn Top Winner at Americana Honors & Awards Show

Posted in News on October 17, 2004
Taking home the Album of the Year and Artist of the Year trophies, longtime BMI affiliate Loretta Lynn was the night's big winner at the 2004 Americana Honors & Awards Show in Nashville. Among other BMI-affiliated winners were newcomer Mindy Smith, named New/Emerging Artist of the Year, and Will Kimbrough, recognized as Best Instrumentalist. Also during the ceremony, Lifetime Achievement Awards were issued to Chris Hillman (performer) and Cowboy Jack Clement (songwriter). The Carter Family was the recipient of the President's Award.

Mindy Smith performs Loretta Lynn Chris Hillman
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The Americana Honors & Awards Show was held at the 5th annual Americana Music Association Conference in Nashville, where registrants enjoyed Americana artist showcases, panels and other events.

Billy Joe Shaver presents the New/Emerging Artist award to Mindy Smith. photo: Mark Montgomery for

Lorrie Bennett, Janette Carter, Rita Forrester and Carlene Carter accept the President's Award. photo:

Jack Clement and Americana Music Association Executive Director J.D. May. photo:

Will Kimbrough gives thanks after being named Instrumentalist of the Year. photo: Adam Menter for

Congratulations to BMI's Americana Honors & Awards winners:

Album of the Year
Loretta Lynn
Van Lear Rose

Artist of the Year
Loretta Lynn

Instrumentalist of the Year
Will Kimbrough

New/Emerging Artist of the Year
Mindy Smith

Lifetime Achievement Performer
Chris Hillman

Lifetime Achievement Songwriter
Cowboy Jack Clement

President's Award
The Carter Family