Sturgill Simpson, Lori McKenna and Rodney Crowell are among the nominees for the 2017 Americana Music Awards. Simpson leads this year's nominees, with three nods, while McKenna, Crowell and the Drive-By Truckers all earned two nods each.

The Americana Music Association announced 2017's Americana Music Awards nominees on Tuesday (May 9), during an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Milk Carton Kids, winners of Duo / Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards, hosted the ceremony and helped to announce this year's nominees; they, Jason Isbell, the Jerry Douglas Band, Caitlin Canty and Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers all performed during the event as well.

A complete list of 2017 Americana Music Awards nominees is below. The Americana Music Awards ceremony takes place annually at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, during the Americana Music Festival, a week-long celebration of the genre. The 2017 Americana Music Awards are scheduled for Sept. 13, with the conference set for Sept. 12-17.

2017 Americana Music Awards Nominees

Album of the Year

American Band, Drive-By Truckers (produced by David Barbe)
A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson (produced by Simpson)
Close Ties, Rodney Crowell (produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning)
Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens (produced David Bither, Giddens and Dirk Powell)
The Navigator, Hurray for the Riff Raff (produced by Paul Butler)

Artist of the Year

Jason Isbell
John Prine
Lori McKenna
Margo Price
Sturgill Simpson

Song of the Year

"All Around You," Sturgill Simpson (written by Simpson)
"It Ain't Over Yet," Rodney Crowell feat. Rosanne Cash and John Paul White (written by Crowell)
"To Be Without You," Ryan Adams (written by Adams)
"Wreck You," Lori McKenna (written by McKenna and Felix McTeigue)

Duo / Group of the Year

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Drive-By Truckers
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
The Lumineers

Instrumentalist of the Year

Spencer Cullum Jr.
Jen Gunderman
Courtney Hartman
Charlie Sexton

Emerging Artist of the Year

Aaron Lee Tasjan
Amanda Shires
Brent Cobb
Sam Outlaw

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