Lucinda Williams, Shakey Graves, Sturgill Simpson Top Nominations for Americana Music Association Honors & Awards
May 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM (PT)
The AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION announced its nominations for the 2015 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS during a press conference held at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM's FORD THEATER and streamed live via MUSIC CITY ROOTS. Last year's Duo/Group of the Year winners the MILK CARTON KIDS hosted the event and revealed the nominees in six categories - Album, Artist, Duo/Group, Emerging Artist, Instrumentalist and Song.
The celebration also featured stripped-down, acoustic performances from the MILK CARTON KIDS, BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN and JOHN HIATT, while NIKKI LANE closed out the one-hour program with a high energy, full band performance of "Right Time."
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SHAKEY GRAVERS, "And The War Came"; LUCINDA WILLIAMS, "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone"; STURGILL SIMPSON, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"; LEE ANN WOMACK, "The Way I'm Livin'"; RHIANNON GIDDENS, "Tomorrow Is My Turn"
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 KID, HOUNDMOUTH, NIKKI LANE, DOUG SEEGERS, SHAKEY GRAVES
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: HUBBY JENKINS, LAUR JOARMETS, GREG LEISZ, JOHN LEVENTHAL, STUART MATHIS
SONG OF THE YEAR: SHAKEY GRAVES, "Dearly Departed"; LUCINDA WILLIAMS, "East Side Of Town"; JOHN HIATT, "Terms Of My Surrender"; STURGILL SIMPSON, "Turtles All The Way Down"; STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had"
The AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS will return to the RYMAN AUDITORIUM in NASHVILLE on SEPTEMBER 16th. JIM LAUDERDALE will once again host, while BUDDY MILLER will lead the All-Star House Band. Tickets to the HONORS & AWARDS show are only available with the purchase of an AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE registration.