Nominations Revealed for Americana Honors & Awards

Lee Ann Womack, Lucinda Williams, Shakey Graves, Sturgill Simpson Among Multiple Nominees

Lucinda Williams, Shakey Graves and Sturgill Simpson received multiple mentions to lead the field of nominees at the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards. Lee Ann Womack, who scored a No. 1 mainstream country hit in 200 with “I Hope You Dance,” received Americana nominations as artist of the year and album of the year for her retro-country project, The Way I’m Livin’.

Thursday afternoon’s (May 14) press conference announcing the nominees took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and included performances by the Milk Carton Kids, John Hiatt, Nikki Lane and the duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Jim Lauderdale will host the Sept. 16 awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event takes place during AmericanaFest, set for Sept. 15-20 at venues throughout Nashville.

Here’s a full list of this year’s nominees:

Album of the Year
And the War Came, Shakey Graves
(Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda, producers)

Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams
(Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz, producers)

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson
(Dave Cobb, producer)

The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
(Frank Liddell, producer)

Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens
(T Bone Burnett, producer)

Artist of the Year
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Lucinda Williams
Lee Ann Womack

Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
Punch Brothers
Shovels & Rope

Emerging Artist of the Year
First Aid Kit
Houndmouth
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
(Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme’ Patterson, songwriters)

“East Side of Town,” Lucinda Williams
(Lucinda Williams, songwriter)

“Terms of My Surrender,” John Hiatt
(John Hiatt, songwriter)

“Turtles All the Way Down,” Sturgill Simpson
(Sturgill Simpson, songwriter)

“You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had,” Steve Earle & the Dukes
(Steve Earle, songwriter)