For a genre that embraces ambiguity, the Americana Music Awards has announced a set of 2018 nominees that also embody genre-blurring.
While scene stars Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Margo Price dominate the nominations for artist, album and song of the year, other nominees include Lee Ann Womack, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real among others.
The majority of awards shows include a laundry-list of nods, but the Americana Music Association only gives out six, in addition to lifetime achievement awards which have yet to be announced.
The nominees were announced during a live-streamed event on 15 May, featuring performances by its hosts the Milk Carton Kids, the duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan.
Since their inception in 2002, the awards have recognised talent that sometimes gets lost in the commercial Nashville country scene. Its Americana Music Awards show has also featured historic moments in music, including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s last live performance together.
The 17th annual honours and awards ceremony will take place on 12 September at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as part of AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from 11-16 of that month. See full details here.
See the full list of nominees for Americana Music Awards 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 and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb
“Rifles & Rosary Beads,” Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
I’m With Her
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Emerging Act of the Year
Courtney Marie Andrews
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 and 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