Most music-industry awards shows hand out armloads of trophies, but the Americana Music Association only gives out six. Besides a handful of lifetime achievement awards — which, for this year, have yet to be announced — the only categories are for best album, artist, duo/group, emerging artist, song and instrumentalist.
So it’s hard for any one artist to walk away with an actual armload. But for the 17th annual Honors & Awards, given out Sept. 12, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Margo Price will do their best: All three are nominated for artist, album and song of the year, while Isbell pulled in a fourth nomination for duo/group with his band The 400 Unit.
Other nominees include John Prine, Lee Ann Womack and the supergroup I’m With Her, though none received more than a single nomination. Carlile, Isbell and Price have all released enormously acclaimed albums in the past year: Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You came out in February, while Price’s All American Made and Isbell’s The Nashville Sound are from 2017.
The Americana Honors & Awards will be held Sept. 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Full List Of Nominees
Album Of The Year
All American Made, Margo Price (Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price & Matt Ross-Spang, producers)
By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile (Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers)
The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Dave Cobb, producer)
Rifles & Rosary Beads, Mary Gauthier (Neilson Hubbard, producer)
Artist Of The Year
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
Song Of The Year
“A Little Pain,” Margo Price (Margo Price, songwriter)
“All the Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack (Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Jason Isbell, songwriter)
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile (Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters)
Instrumentalist Of The Year