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WOMEN DOMINATE AMERICANA NOMS

John Prine is up for Album and Song of the Year at the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards while four women—Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples—will contend for Artist of the Year.

The winners will be announced 9/11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during AMERICANAFEST, which runs 9/10-15.

“Each of these musicians has constantly pushed the creative envelope, as evidenced by their musical contributions from this past year,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “That said, it’s no surprise that these nominees and their art have resonated within our community.”

The nominees are:

 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 
Brandi Carlile
Rhiannon Giddens
Kacey Musgraves
Mavis Staples

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
I’m With Her
Our Native Daughters
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The War and Treaty

EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR
Jade Bird
J.S. Ondara
Erin Rae
The War and Treaty
Yola

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Eldridge
Eamon McLoughlin
Chris Powell
Michael Rinne

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

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Taylor!
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