The Americana Music Association has selected Van Morrison to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award For Songwriting.
Morrison is due to receive the award at the Americana Honours & Awards show on 13 September 2017. The ceremony takes place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and Morrison is due to attend with his daughter, Shana Morrison. The duo are expected to sing together during an evening known as much for its performances than the six award categories given. Morrison will also perform the following night, 14 September, at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre, his first show in the city in eight years.
Jed Hilly, Americana Music Association Executive Director said, “We are humbled and couldn’t be more excited to honour Van Morrison at our premier event of the year and are thrilled to present Mr Morrison at Ascend Ampitheatre. Mr Morrison has created a catalogue of music that has served as the soundtrack for our lives.” In February, at the equivalent British event, the UK Americana Awards, Morrison was honoured for the Bestselling UK Americana Album of 2016 with Keep Me Singing.
The nominations for the Americana Awards were announced earlier this week with Sturgill Simpson receiving three, while Drive-By Truckers, Rodney Crowell and Lori McKenna each received two. Past recipients of Americana Music Association awards have included Loretta Lynn and John Mellencamp and in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement award was presented to soul artist William Bell, famous for composing standards such as ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ and ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ among others.
Morrison’s show at the Ascend Auditorium is part of Nashville’s AmericanaFest, which is scheduled to run from 13-17 September at a slew of venues. He is also slated to perform a handful of US and European tour dates throughout the summer of 2017. On 15 June, he is set to play a major UK show at the Hampton Court Palace, while on 13 and 14 August, Morrison is due to play two highly-anticipated gigs at the Slieve Donard in Newcastle in his native Northern Ireland.