Tearful Allison Russell Wins Americana Award for Debut Album

At the Americana Honors and Awards, Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell was moved to tears when her first solo album,

Child," won album of the year. 
(AP) — Nashville, Tenn. At the Americana Honors and Awards, the album 

"Outside Child" by Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell won Album of the Year. Bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings won artist of the year.

Russell's starkly beautiful album talks about how she was abused as a child and how she got through it. She said that many of the speeches at the award show in Nashville

Tennessee, on Wednesday night had similar themes of community, family, unity, and belonging. She said,

I feel so lucky to be a part of this community and to be able to work together creatively with my producer, Dan Knobler."

In a speech that made her cry, she thanked her friends, family, and fellow nominees. She also said that after growing up in foster care, music became her family