2018 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Revealed

Brandi Carlile
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Brandi Carlile performs at Americanafest Pre-Grammy Salute to Emmylou Harris at City Winery on Jan. 27, 2018 in New York City

Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Margo Price are among the nominees for the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards.

All three have toured and released albums in the last year, including Isbell and the 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound, Price’s All American Made and Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You which have earned the performers nods for album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. 

They are joined by Lee Ann Womack (song of the year), John Prine (artist of the year) and Mary Gauthier (album of the year). 

Isbell & The 400 Unit are also squaring off against I’m With HerNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in the duo/group of the year category. 

Meanwhile, newcomers Courtney Marie Andrews, Tyler Childers, Anderson East and Lilly Hiatt are all up for emerging act of the year and the instrumentalist of the year category sees guitarists Daniel Donato and Molly Tuttle, drummer Jerry Pentecost and violinist Brittany Hass nominated.

The annual awards ceremony takes place Sept. 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and is the flagship event for AmericanaFest, which takes over the city Sept. 11-16. 

Check the full list of nominees below: 

Album of the Year:

All American Made, Margo Price (Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang)

By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile (Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings)

The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Produced by Dave Cobb) 

Rifles & Rosary Beads, Mary Gauthier (Produced by Neilson Hubbard)

Artist of the Year:

Brandi Carlile

Jason Isbell

Margo Price

John Prine

Duo/Group of the Year:

I’m With Her

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Emerging Artist of the Year:

Courtney Marie Andrews

Tyler Childers

Anderson East

Lilly Hiatt

Song of the Year:

“A Little Pain,” Margo Price (Written by Margo Price)

“All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack (Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam


“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (Written by Jason Isbell)

“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile (Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth)

Instrumentalist of the Year:

Daniel Donato

Brittany Haas

Jerry Pentecost

Molly Tuttle