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Miller, Fogerty honored at Americana Music Awards

(AP) – 1 hour ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Buddy Miller won four awards and veteran John Fogerty received a special honor Thursday night at the eighth annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show.

Miller, a singer-songwriter, won artist of the year; album of the year for "Written in Chalk" with wife Julie Miller; duo/group of the year with his wife; and song of the year for "Chalk" performed with Patty Griffin.

Fogerty, formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival, was honored with a lifetime achievement award for songwriting.

During a four-decade career, he has written such hits as "Proud Mary," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Fortunate Son," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Bad Moon Rising" and others.

Miller has been touring this year with Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant and others.

Also receiving lifetime achievement awards were Asleep at the Wheel for performing; Ken Levitan for executive work; Jim Rooney as a producer/engineer, and Sam Bush as an instrumentalist.

Justin Townes Earle won new artist of the year, and multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix was chosen over Buddy Miller as instrumentalist of the year. Miller had won it two straight years.

The late Lowell George of Little Feat was honored with the President's Award.

Jim Lauderdale hosted the show at the Ryman Auditorium.

The organization, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a professional trade group whose mission is to promote the country and roots-oriented genre. It is sponsoring a festival and conference through Saturday.

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