The nominees for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards were announced today (May 9), and a familiar name is front and center: Sturgill Simpson.
Sturgill, who won Americana Awards in 2014 and 2015, leads the pack with three nominations in 2017, including Album, Artist and Song of the Year. Other artists with multiple nominations include the Drive-By Truckers, Rodney Crowell and Lori McKenna.
The 2017 Americana Honors & Awards show will be held September 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony is the centerpiece of AmericanaFest (Sept. 12–17) , which features more than 100 artists performing at different venues throughout Nashville. For ticket information, visit americanamusic.org.
Check out the full list of nominees.
Album of the Year
American Band – Drive-By Truckers (Produced by David Barbe)
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson (Produced by Sturgill Simpson)
Close Ties – Rodney Crowell (Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning)
Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens (Produced David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell)
The Navigator – Hurray for the Riff Raff (Produced by Paul Butler)
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Emerging Artist of the Year
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Song of the Year
“All Around You” – Sturgill Simpson (Written by Sturgill Simpson)
“It Ain’t Over Yet” – Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White) (Written by Rodney Crowell)
“To Be Without You” – Ryan Adams (Written by Ryan Adams)
“Wreck You” – Lori McKenna (Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue)
Instrumentalist of the Year
Spencer Cullum Jr.
Margo Price by Angelina Castillo/Shore Fire Media; Jason Isbell by David McClister/All Eyes Media; Lori McKenna by Becky Fluke/Sacks & Co.; John Prine by David McClister/The Press House; Sturgill Simpson by Reto Sterchi/Sacks & Co.