Americana Music Awards: John Prine awarded “Song of the Year” for his posthumous release “I Remember Everything”
On Wednesday September 22, John Prine won his second Americana Music Award posthumously when “I Remember Everything” won song of the year.
The beloved songwriting legend was recognized at the 2020 event as Artist of the Year, just months after losing his life to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 73 years.
At this year’s awards ceremony, held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Prine’s widow, Fiona graciously accepted the honor on her behalf. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in this building without John,” she shared from the scene. “I had tears in my eyes tonight, but I think he’s here.”
Competition was tight in the category which included Amythyst Kiah “Black Myself”, “Call Me A Fool” by Valerie June, Jason Isbell and “Dreamsicle” from Unit 400 and Tyler Childers “Long Violent History”. Fiona managed to accept the award without overshadowing or downplaying the impact of the night’s other nominations.
“It struck me that I think the doors to this building were pushed wide, wide open. Over the past few years, but no more than tonight, ”she adds, acknowledging the hard work and influence of other candidates and industry peers. “And it’s done by the women, many of them that John loved and with whom he toured and sang with and in duets. … We are very grateful for this posthumous recognition. John’s last recorded song.
To honor his lasting influence, a trio of successors, including Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Margo Price, performed a touching rendition of “I Remember Everything”.
Co-written with Pat McLaughlin, dear friend and frequent collaborator of Prine, “I Remember Everything” remains the artist’s last unwitting message to the world. Prine still had a lot of life to live on, but the lyrics reflect the kind of retrospection that naturally occurs in the mid-sunset years. Like many of his songs, it was an ode to two lovers. But the lyrical landscape presented here evokes images associated with desire and the end of life. Sweet and still gritty, Prine ends almost in a low voice with a repeated line: How I miss you in the morning light / How the roses miss the dew.
Given his signature jubilation, Prine might have found humor in the irony that the last song he ever recorded would become his first No.1 single of his ten-year career. After topping the charts, “I Remember Everything” won two categories at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards: Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song.
Watch John Prine’s final performance of the award-winning song “I Remember Everything,” below.