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Simpson, Graves, Williams lead AMA nominations

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – The Americana Music Association awards nominations were led by Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams with three apiece.

Not far behind in the six categories were Rhiannon Giddens and Lee Ann Womack with two apiece.

Nominees were:

Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
And The War Came - Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone - Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music - Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett

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

Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck & 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

Song of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Songwriter)
"Dearly Departed" - Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme' Patterson
"East Side Of Town" - Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams
"Terms Of My Surrender" - John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt
"Turtles All The Way Down" - Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
"You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had" - Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle

Instrumentalist of the Year
Hubby Jenkins
Laur Joamets
Greg Leisz
John Leventhal
Stuart Mathis

Jenkins is a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Joamets, who is from Estonia, is Simpson's guitarist. Leisz is a songwriter and producer, who has played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Williams. Leventhal is a producer, who works with his wife Rosanne Cash. Mathis is a member of The Wallflowers and played guitar on Williams' "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone" last year. He also has played on albums from Pistol Annies, Lisa Marie Presley, LeAnn Rimes and Chris Isaak.

2014 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year winners the Milk Carton Kids hosted the event and revealed the nominees of the six categories. The Milk Carton Kids, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and John Hiatt played preceding the naming of the nominees. Nikki Lane closed out the one-hour program with a full band performance of "Right Time."

The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, will return to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, on Sept. 16, as part of the AmericanaFest from Sept. 15-20.

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