Americana Music Awards Nominations Announced

Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams and Lee Ann Womack all picked up “artist of the year” nominations  for the Americana Music Association’s annual awards.

Photo: John Davisson
MagnoliaFest, Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

The nominations were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater during a press conference hosted by The Milk Carton Kids – winner of the 2014 award for duo/group of the year.  Streamed by partner Music City Roots, the conference included performances by The Milk Carton Kids, Nikki Lane, John Hiatt, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

The Americana Music Association holds its 16th annual festival and conference Sept. 14-20 in Nashville. The 14th annual Honors & Awards show takes place at the Ryman Auditorium Sept. 16.

A full list of performers and presenters will be announced in the weeks to come.  Meanwhile, here are the nominees:

Album of the Year
And The War Came – Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone – Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music – Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
Tomorrow Is My Turn – Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett

Photo: John Darwin Kurc

Artist of the Year
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Lucinda Williams
Lee Ann Womack

Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
Punch Brothers
Shovels & Rope

Emerging Artist of the Year
First Aid Kit
Nikki Lane
Doug Seegers
Shakey Graves

Instrumentalist of the Year
Hubby Jenkins
Laur Joamets
Greg Leisz
John Leventhal
Stuart Mathis

Photo: John Davisson
SXSW, Austin, TX

Song of the Year
“Dearly Departed” – Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose–Garcia and Esme’ Patterson
“East Side Of Town” – Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams
“Terms Of My Surrender” – John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt
“Turtles All The Way Down” – Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
“You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had” – Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle

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