At the Americana Honors and Awards, Canadian singer-songwriter Alison Russell

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received Album of the Year for her debut solo album, "Outside Child,"

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and bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings won Artist of the Year.

That said, their creator, Dan Nobler, and I are in a constructive dialogue,

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and I'm very happy to be part of this community.

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He thanked his friends, family and fellow nominees in a heartfelt speech,

and said he had rediscovered his home in music after 

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spending his early years in foster care. Russell declared,

"Music saved me, and music saved me every day."

Milk Carton Kids hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Raman Auditorium,

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which honored an often misunderstood musical sub-genre 

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that combines blues, rock, folk, roots and country music.

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