John Prine gets Lifetime Achievement Award at 2020 Grammys

A nice bit of news to end the year with this morning from Rolling Stone Country who are reporting that John Prine has been named one of the recipients of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards at next year’s GRAMMYs. The singer-songwriter, whose 1971 debut album was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, had three Grammy nominations last year for his album ‘The Tree of Forgiveness.’

They go on to report: Although no country-related acts were given Grammy Lifetime Achievement honors in 2019, recent honorees in the field include Emmylou Harris (2018); Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers (2017); Linda Ronstadt (2016); the Louvin Brothers (2015); and Kris Kristofferson (2014). In 1971, Elvis Presley became the first act with a connection to country music to be honored, although the first-ever Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1963, went to Bing Crosby, who along with the Andrews Sisters, topped the very first Billboard country songs chart in 1944 with “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”

Prine lands in the UK from February next year for some dates starting off in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Feb 22nd. Full details as always in our gig guide.

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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