The nominees for the 18th annual Americana Honours & Awards were announced last night from the rehearsals ‘Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples’. The nominees were announced live on Facebook by the presenters of last years awards, The Milk Carton Kids, who were joined by Mavis Stables for the Artist of the Year nominees, which included Staples alongside Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens and Kacey Musgraves. Proper distributed nominees include Our Native Daughters who are nominated for the Duo/Group of the Year and Jade Bird who’s nominated for the Emerging Act of the Year.
“I am thrilled that our membership has chosen to highlight such an incredible slate of talent,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “Each of these musicians has constantly pushed the creative envelope, as evidenced by their musical contributions from this past year. That said, it’s no surprise that these nominees and their art have resonated within our community.”
The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
“To the Sunset,” Amanda Shires, Produced by Dave Cobb
“The Tree,” Lori McKenna, Produced by Dave Cobb
“The Tree of Forgiveness,” John Prine, Produced by Dave Cobb
“Walk Through Fire,” Yola, Produced by Dan Auerbach
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR:
I’m With Her
Our Native Daughters
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The War and Treaty
EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR:
The War and Treaty
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:
SONG OF THE YEAR:
“By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter, Written by Mark Erelli
“Mockingbird,” Ruston Kelly, Written by Ruston Kelly
“People Get Old,” Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna
“Summer’s End,” John Prine, Written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine
The 20th annual festival and conference is spread over 50 different prestigious music venues across Nashville, including hundreds of electrifying nightly showcases, special events highlighting the culture of Music City, comprehensive music industry panels at its conference headquarters and its hallmark Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium.