Sturgill Simpson earned nominations in three categories when the 16th annual Americana Music Association Awards nominees were revealed on Tuesday (May 9) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan hosted the live webcast with performances by Jason Isbell, Jerry Douglas, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers.
Nominated for artist of the year alongside Isbell, John Prine, Lori McKenna and Margo Price, Simpson is up for album of the year for his Grammy-winning A Sailor’s Guide to Earth and song of the year for “All Around You.”
The winners of each category will be revealed during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the 2017 Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from Sept. 12-17. The recipient for the organization’s lifetime achievement award will be revealed leading up to the event.
Album of the Year
American Band, Drive-By Truckers
Producer: David Barbe
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Producer: Sturgill Simpson
Close Ties, Rodney Crowell
Producers: Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning
Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens
Producers: David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
The Navigator, Hurray for the Riff Raff
Producer: Paul Butler
Artist of the Year
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Song of the Year
“All Around You,” Sturgill Simpson
“It Ain’t Over Yet,” Rodney Crowell (featuring Rosanne Cash and John Paul White)
“To Be Without You,” Ryan Adams
“Wreck You,” Lori McKenna
Spencer Cullum Jr.