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Americana Music Association Announes 2015 Honors & Awards Nominees

Americana Music Association Announes 2015 Honors & Awards Nominees

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for its 14th annual Honors & Awards show today at a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater.

Hosted by the Milk Carton Kids -- winners of the 2014 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year -- the Nissan-sponsored event revealed show's six categories including Album, Artist, Emerging Artist, Song, Duo/Group and Instrumentalist.

The ceremony was attended by industry, press and Americana Music Association membership, and streamed live by long-time partner, Music City Roots. Inspired performances by the Milk Carton Kids, Nikki Lane, John Hiatt, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn rounded out the celebratory event.

The Americana Music Association's celebrates its 16th annual Festival and Conference, Sept. 14 - 20, with the 14th Annual Honors & Awards set for Wednesday, Sept. 16th at the historic Ryman Auditorium. A full list of presenters and performers will follow in coming weeks.

A full list of this year's nominees and categories is below.
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
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
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
Nominees for this year's Honors & Awards show represent those artists and projects who have had an exemplary year through the eligibility period, April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, based on overall recognition and activity, whether through work on an album, song, touring, or other criteria.

For more information on the Americana Music Association, its conference and festival, the Honors & Awards show and membership, please visit

Helpful Links:
2015 Nominated Artists -
2015 Nominated Artist photographs -
Americana Honors & Awards past recipients -
Americana Music Association's online press kit -

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