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Isbell leads AMA nominations

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – Jason Isbell led the list for the 15th annual Americana Music Association awards nominations with three on Wednesday.

Chris Stapleton, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats garnered two nominations apiece.

The nominations were announced in Washington at an event hosted by The Milk Carton Kids - Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan - and featured performances by Lucinda Williams, Margo Price and Sierra Hull and Ethan Jodziewicz.

Artist of the Year
Jason Isbell
Bonnie Raitt
Chris Stapleton
Lucinda Williams

Album of the Year
Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell, Produced by Dave Cobb
The Ghosts of Highway 20, Lucinda Williams, Produced by Greg Leisz, Tom Overby and Lucinda Williams
The Very Last Day, Parker Millsap, Produced by Parker Millsap and Gary Paczosa
Traveller, Chris Stapleton, Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton

Duo/Group of the Year
Alabama Shakes
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Lake Street Dive
The Milk Carton Kids
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Emerging Artist of the Year
Leon Bridges
John Moreland
Margo Price
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Song of the Year
"24 Frames" Jason Isbell
"Dime Store Cowgirl" Kacey Musgraves
"Hands Of Time" Margo Price
"S.O.B." Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats

Instrumentalist of the Year
Cindy Cashdollar
Stuart Duncan
Jedd Hughes
Sara Watkins

The winners will be announced during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 21 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as part of "AmericanaFest," the Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from Sept. 20-25.

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 the event.

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