Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Americana Music Association® Announces its 2018 Honors & Awards Nominees During an Intimate Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Back Row, L-R: Jed Hilly (The Americana Music Association®), Joey Ryan 
and Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), 
Abi Tapia (Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum)
Front Row, L-R: Nominees Brittany Haas, Jerry Pentecost, Daniel Donato 
and Molly Tuttle
Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the Americana Music Association®

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 15, 2018) - The Americana Music Association® announced the nominees for its 17th annual Honors & Awards show this afternoon at an intimate members-only ceremony held at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The live-streamed event featured performances by its hosts The Milk Carton Kids - Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan - as well as by fellow Instrumentalist of the Year nominees Daniel Donato, Brittany Haas, Jerry Pentecost, Molly Tuttle and more special guests. 

Watch the nominations for the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards! 
Americana Music Association shared a Facebook live video. Or watch the live stream back at Country Music Hall Of
A full list of categories and nominees for the Americana Music Association’s® 17th annual Honors & Awards is below: 

Album of the Year: 
ALL AMERICAN MADE, Margo Price, Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang 
BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU, Brandi Carlile, Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings 
THE NASHVILLE SOUND, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb 
RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS, Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard 


Artist of the Year:
Brandi Carlile 
Jason Isbell 
Margo Price 
John Prine   


Duo/Group of the Year: 
I’m With Her 
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats 

Emerging Act of the Year: 
Courtney Marie Andrews 
Tyler Childers 
Anderson East 
Lilly Hiatt 

Song of the Year: 
A Little Pain,” Margo Price, Written by Margo Price 
All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack, Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam 
If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell 
The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth 

Instrumentalist of the Year: 
Daniel Donato 
Brittany Haas 
Jerry Pentecost 
Molly Tuttle 

The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards show on September 12, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The celebrated program is the hallmark event of AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 11-16, 2018. 

Each year, the Americana Music Association® honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be announced leading up to Americana music’s biggest night.   

Described by Emmylou Harris as “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere,” the Americana Honors & Awards has been broadcast in years past on Austin City Limits via PBS, AXS TV and via SiriusXM Radio, BBC2, WMOT, WRLT, WSM, Voice of America and NPR Music - with the awards show being the most-streamed music event on for two consecutive years. 

For almost two decades, the prestigious ceremony has celebrated pioneering mainstays and trailblazing newcomers, while featuring unforgettable moments in musical history including Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash's last live performance together, as well as offering show-stopping appearances by Van Morrison, Bob Weir, George Strait, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, The Avett Brothers, Solomon Burke, Rosanne Cash, Civil Wars, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Robert Plant and many more. 

Tickets for the Americana Honors & Awards are currently only available for purchase by AMERICANAFEST® Conference Registrants. 
Congratulations to all! Find out who will win at the 17th Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 12, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. For details on tickets, click here.

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About the Americana Music Association®:
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, RAM, Mountain Valley Water, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.

The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, 2018. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For information on how to purchase a conference registration, please visit

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum:
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and for the last three years in a row has welcomed over one million patrons each year, placing it among the ten most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio BTM, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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