Dave Rawlings Tops Americana Award Nominees
Nominees for the Americana Music Association's 2010 Honors and Awards ceremony were announced today at a reception hosted by BMI at the W.O. Smith School of Music in Nashville.
Leading the 2010 nominees, Dave Rawlings received four nods. Texas songwriters Ray Wylie Hubbard and Ryan Bingham (Oscar winner for 'The Weary Kind') earned three nominations, while Patty Griffin, Hayes Carll and the Avett Brothers each scored two nods. [See a full list of nominees after the jump.]
Emmylou Harris and Todd Snider took the stage to reveal the complete list of nominated artists, songs and albums to a crowd that included industry executives, artists and supporters of the burgeoning Americana movement.
The announcement of the nominees was preceded by a rousing performance from old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, who later learned they are nominated in the Duo/Group of the Year category. The trio currently have the No. 2 album on the Americana Airplay Chart.
The Americana Honors and Awards ceremony, celebrating its ninth year, is slated for Sept. 9 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, with returning host Jim Lauderdale and a house band led by Buddy Miller. The awards show is the centerpiece of the annual Americana Festival and Conference. Celebrating its 11th year, the event takes place in Nashville, Sept. 8 - 11.
Nominees are selected by members of the Americana Music Association. The Honors and Awards show will also recognize Lifetime Achievements and bestow awards in Performance, Songwriting and Instrumentalist and other important categories. Additional honorees and performers will be announced in the coming months.
2010 Americana Music Awards Nominees:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
'The List,' Rosanne Cash
'A Friend of a Friend,' Dave Rawlings Machine
'Downtown Church,' Patty Griffin
'A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no c),' Ray Wylie Hubbard
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ray Wylie Hubbard
DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Avett Brothers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
SONG OF THE YEAR
'The Weary Kind,' written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, performed by Ryan Bingham
'Drunken Poets Dream,' written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard, performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard
'Ruby,' written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, performed by Dave Rawlings Machine
'I and Love and You,' written and performed by the Avett Brothers