Credit: Mads PerchLed Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will be presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by The Americana Music Association UK at the organization’s UK Americana Awards 2018, held February 1 at the Hackney Empire theater in London.

“The award is our highest honor and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient,” says the association’s CEO, Stevie Freeman. “Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, through the seventies 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.”

Freeman adds, “In 2007 he released the iconic Raising Sand album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, creating new fusions in the Americana world and garnering six Grammys along the way. His latest album, Carry Fire, continues to combine elements of American roots and blues with folk styles from the U.K. and beyond.”

The awards ceremony will mark the culmination of the 2018 AmericanaFestUK conference, scheduled for January 31 and February 1. The event, which celebrates U.K. musicians inspired by American roots music, will present awards in the following categories: UK Album of the Year, International Album of the Year, UK Song of the Year, International Song of the Year, UK Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year, and UK Instrumentalist of the Year.

Plant kicks off a month-long U.K. tour in support of Carry Fire November 16 in Plymouth, England. He’s also scheduled a North American trek running from a February 9 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, through a March 2 show in Los Angles. That’ll be followed by a series of Australian performances in late March and early April.

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