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In 2010, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS - the folks responsible for the Grammy Awards) added a category for Best Americana Album, awarding the first trophy in the category to Levon Helm. It was a landmark moment for the Americana world - and the Americana Music Association - as it indicated the larger music industry was beginning to recognize Americana music as a legitimate style all its own.
Since then, Americana has become one of the biggest buzz genres, pulling the spotlight away from a somewhat burgeoning indie folk movement during the early 2000s. With the onslaught of popularity achieved by Americana bands like Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, and other such up-and-comers, Americana has become a vogue genre among young hipsters, even as long-time Americana artists like Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale continue to churn out much beloved albums within the genre.
One thing is certain, though. Perhaps in thanks to the Internet and increased accessibility to numerous genres at once, more and more artists are richly influenced by a wide range of quintessentially American musical styles - from R&B and soul to classic country and modern rock - and are, through making their own music, slowly defining and evolving the Americana genre.
The genre began as a radio format in the 1990s, which wasn't the beginning of the style of music but was rather a benchmark in the definition and discussion of the style - a discussion which has been kept vibrant by the Americana Music Association and publications like No Depression (now NoDepression.com) and various blogs such as AmericanaRoots.com, TwangNation.com, The9513.com. With more than a decade under its belt, the Americana Music Association continues to hold an annual conference and festival in Nashville to discuss the evolution of Americana music and present awards to its members.