BMI to Honor Lucinda Williams with Troubadour Award

Posted in News on August 10, 2022
Photo: Danny Clinch

BMI is pleased to announce that revered singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will be honored with the Troubadour Award at a private dinner held at BMI’s Nashville office on Monday, September 12. The Troubadour Award celebrates songwriters who have made a lasting impact on the songwriting community and who craft for the sake of the song, setting the pace for generations of songwriters who will follow.

“Lucinda has been a torchbearer of true American songwriting for decades,” says Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative, Nashville. “She writes the kinds of songs that can break your heart and still have you coming back for more. With her signature literary style, she has paved the way for so many songwriters and is in a class all her own. We are thrilled to honor her as the 2022 BMI Troubadour.”

A three-time GRAMMY winner, Lucinda Williams has been carving her own path for more than three decades. Her 1988 self-titled album became a touchstone for the burgeoning Americana movement – and helped launch a thousand musical ships along the way.

For much of the decade that followed, Williams moved around the country, stopping in Austin, Los Angeles and Nashville, while turning out work that won immense respect within the industry (ie. a GRAMMY for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version of “Passionate Kisses”). Gradually growing a cult audience, her monumental 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road had an impact that cannot be overstated and reverberates today more than ever. The legendary album garnered Williams her first GRAMMY as a performer, followed up by her second GRAMMY for 2001’s Essence.

Never ceasing to evolve as an artist, Williams has also delivered such celebrated and acclaimed albums as West (2007), Little Honey (2008), Blessed (2011) and her two double albums, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (2014) and The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016). In 2020, she released Good Soul Better Angels, a socio-political masterpiece, garnering another two GRAMMY nominations and unanimous critical praise. In October of 2021, she was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

Williams will join the ranks of past Troubadour Award recipients, John Hiatt, John Prine, and Robert Earl Keen. The private event will feature tribute performances and guest speakers and serve as a homecoming for BMI’s Americana family of artists. The Troubadour Awards are sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and Dickel Bourbon.


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