The 2018 Americana Music Awards, recognize outstanding members of the format and offer trophies to those who, in particular, who stood out over the course of the year. The annual ceremony is set to take place during AmericanaFest 2018, on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Jason Isbell leads the pack in terms of nominations this year, having earned nods in four separate categories. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile, too, will be top contenders during this year's ceremony; they each have three nominations. John Prine, a legend in the format, released a new studio album for the first time in 13 years in 2018, making him one to watch during the awards ceremony as well. And with plenty of up-and-coming Americana talent out there, the Emerging Artist of the Year category could yield a surprising result.

While 2018 Americana Music Awards' nominees list is full of deserving artists, these are The Boot's predictions for this year's winners.

AmericanaFest 2018 is scheduled to run Sept. 11-16. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event features hundreds of artists in showcases throughout Music City; daytime parties and shows; and conference panels.