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Americana Honors and Awards to Air on AXS TV Dec 16

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Americana Music Festival 2012Nashville, TN -- AXS TV will broadcast the Americana Honors & Awards program, a two-hour special dedicated to celebrating roots music, at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM on Sunday December 16. The program will be rebroadcast later in the evening at 12:20AM ET / 9:20 PM PT.

The Americana Honors & Awards, described by Paste Magazine as “the best awards show in the world,” honors Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson and many more. Performances throughout the night will feature, in addition to the aforementioned honorees, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, the Mavericks and new Americana torchbearers Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, Sarah Jarosz, Robert Ellis and the Deep Dark Woods. The finale of the program remembers legendary Americana trailblazer, Levon Helm, with a special all-star tribute.

The program, presented by Nissan and the Tennessee Department of Tourism, was originally broadcast LIVE on AXS TV. A one hour musical special was also created with performances culled from the event titled ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 which aired in the Austin City Limits timeslot on PBS. The new AXS TV special will feature all 19 performances from the critically acclaimed event as well as compelling and often heartwarming speeches by the artists honoring the best of the best of Americana.

AXS TV is nationwide on cable, satellite and telco (Dish, DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse). Specific cable markets and their corresponding provider can be found at axs.tv/subscribe.

The annual ceremony, which is held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, reflects the genre's brightest talents, honoring the roots of American music and its tapestry of influence. From lyricists that articulate the human condition to unrivaled instrumentalists; Americana has been described by The New York Times as "the coolest music scene today."

The program airs as interest in the Americana genre is increasing following the Recording Academy’s recent announcement of the 2012 Best Americana Album GRAMMY® nominees. The category features previous Americana Music Association award recipients The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Bonnie Raitt, along with newcomers the Lumineers and John Fullbright.

Americana Music Association & Americana Honors & Awards Related Links: www.americanamusic.org

The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization and artist advocacy group whose mission is to provide a forum to promote public awareness of the Americana Music genre. The Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.

The Americana Music Honors & Awards takes place at the historically cool Ryman Auditorium as part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan. Dates for the 2013 event are set for September 18-21, 2013 at various venues throughout Nashville, with the Awards program slated for opening night. The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moments over the years from secret appearances to legendary collaborations. Registrations for the 2013 can be purchased at www.americanamusic.org.

Launched in July 2012 under the vision and stewardship of entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion, and entertainment. AXS TV Concerts is the premier source on television for 100% live music. From multi-day festivals to stadium tours to club acts. ASX TV delivers an unparalleled shared experience for fans of all genres. Leveraging the network’s vast landscape, artists expand their reach to live behind-the-scenes moments, live fan Q&A,s social media engagement and more unique opportunities specifically for the AXS TV audience. With multiple live concerts weekluy, ASX TV is the number one destination for artists and their fans to experience and share a pure live event in the world of music and pop culture. Live LIVE!

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