Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and the late Frank Johnson, the leader of a 19th century black brass band, will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award.
The Americana Music Association announced the new award on Wednesday in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music. The award will be presented during the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 11.
Giddens, from North Carolina, won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best traditional folk album with the string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has spent her career exploring the history of African roots music.
Johnson's band was popular during the 1800s in North Carolina, but his contributions have largely been forgotten.
The Americana Music Association said in a statement that the new award has been created to honor those individuals who have “either made a lasting impression through music or inspired art to recognize the legacy of Americana music traditions.”
Emmys go hostless
The Oscars did it, and now the Emmys will too. There will be no host at the ceremony honoring TV's best next month.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday that going hostless allows more time to salute departing shows, including “Game of Thrones.”
The HBO fantasy saga, which ended its run this past season, is the top nominee with a record-setting 32 nominations.
Collier said producers would have considered possible hosts and checked on their availability for the Sept. 22 ceremony. The Fox executive didn't directly address whether anyone had declined.
The Emmy show rotates among the top broadcast networks.
Swift to play VMAs
Taylor Swift is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Wednesday that the pop star will hit the stage on Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Swift and Ariana Grande are the most nominated acts, competing for 10 awards each.
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