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Robert Plant to receive prestigious U.K. Americana Award

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Robert Plant will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual U.K. Americana Awards, according to Team Rock.

Plant who'll be on hand at London’s Hackney Empire to accept the honor "in recognition of his contribution to the genre throughout his life and career." The Led Zeppelin frontman will perform at the event on February 18th with Sensational Space Shifters.

Stevie Freeman, the CEO of the Americana Music Association UK, said: "We are so excited to announce that Robert Plant will be accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The award is our highest honor and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient. Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock n' roll, through the '70s with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, to a solo career that has never stood still, Robert Plant has introduced countless millions of music lovers to American roots music. . . His latest album, Carry Fire, continues to combine elements of American roots and blues with folk styles from the UK and beyond.”

In 2007, Plant enjoyed the biggest success of his solo career with his collaboration with Alison Krauss on their joint album Raising Sand, which hit Number Two on The Billboard 200 album charts. Plant and Krauss' cover of the Everly Brothers' "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" scored the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Raising Sand producer T-Bone Burnett was sure that the duo would click immediately: "I know Alison's adventurous, and I didn't know Robert until we started working together. But, I've certainly followed him and I knew that he was adventurous, and I knew they were both interested in the history of music. So I suspected we could find common ground pretty easily.”

Robert Plant told us that the success he found with the Raising Sand album both liberated and centered him creatively: "Following the work with Alison Krauss, which was a spectacular revival of my spirit in a way, I felt I could do more or less anything, I could sink and swim. There was no real big partnership moment. I don't have to ask anybody anything. I just stood there a little bit like I did when I was about 17.”

Robert Plant recently scored a Top 20 hit with his new album, Carry On, marking his third release with his touring band, Sensational Space Shifters.