Long-winded speeches. Losers inexplicably being crowned winners. Interminably long performances and other hellacious hullabaloo. Awards shows are almost always stodgy, awful plug-your-ears-and-squirm-in-your-seat industry circle jerks. But not when it comes to the American Music Association’s annual Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman. The crown jewel of the Americana Music Festival (now in its 13th year), this now-televised awards show is tailor-made for serious music lovers. In the past the show has featured such performers and honorees as Robert Plant, Wanda Jackson, Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and Emmylou Harris, alongside up and comers like The Civil Wars, Justin Townes Earle, The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee, as backed by a crack house band led by Americana luminary Buddy Miller and hosted by the ever-affably wisecracking Jim Lauderdale. Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. and Richard Thompson are among the legends topping the bill at this year’s gala.