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McKenna tops AMA nominations

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Lori McKenna led the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards nominations with four, it was announced Tuesday

John Prine and ace producer Dave Cobb captured three nominations apiece.

The nominations, announced by last year's hosts The Milk Carton Kids, were handed out in six categories.

McKenna received nominations for Album of the Y ear and three in the Song of the Year category as she had two different songs with which she was associated be nominated.

Cobb received three nominations for his role as producer of Amanda Shires, Prine and McKenna, who had albums nominated for Album of the Year.

Nominees were:
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 and 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

The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The program is the hallmark event of AMERICANAFEST, which runs from Sept. 10-15

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Lori McKenna's back story is a country song brought to vivid yet unaffected life. Married with five children, the Massachusetts native began exploring her longstanding musical gifts - she wrote her first song at 13 - by playing for family and friends, who then forced her to attend a regional coffee house open mic. After two years of regular gigging with her poignant songs of everyday life and becoming a favorite among Boston folk fans, McKenna self-released her debut, "Paper Wings and »»»
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