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Tearful Allison Russell Wins Americana Award for Debut Album

Larissa Maestro, left, Allison Russell, center, and Brandi Carlile, right, perform at the Americana Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Larissa Maestro, left, Allison Russell, center, and Brandi Carlile, right, perform at the Americana Honors & Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell won album of the year for her debut solo record “Outside Child,” while bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings won artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards.

Russell, whose starkly beautiful album touches on abuse she suffered as a child and her survival, said she heard common themes of community, family, unity and belonging in many of the speeches on Wednesday night during the award show in Nashville, Tennessee.