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2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Award Nominees Announced

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L-R  T Bone Burnett, Jim Lauderdale, Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Cook, Americana Executive Director Jed Hilly, Buddy MillerNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced nominees today for the 2013 Honors & Awards in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum®. The ceremony featured performances by now nominated artists Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Cook and The Milk Carton Kids. The program was broadcast live on AXS TV, who will present a special encore presentation of the event later this evening at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

Shovels & Rope, with four nominations, followed by Emmylou Harris and Miller, with three each, lead the nominee slate while many other notable artists were recognized including: Rodney Crowell, John Fullbright, Lauderdale, The Lumineers, JD McPherson, the aforementioned Milk Carton Kids, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Richard Thompson, and Dwight Yoakam. Winners will be announced live at the annual Americana Honors and Awards, presented by Nissan, on September 18th live on AXS TV from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

The nominee announcement celebration in Los Angeles kicked off with an Americana tribute to George Jones featuring Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale leading their all-star band comprised of Fats Kaplin, Brian Owings and Jay Weaver. The music continued with performances by Lisa Marie Presley with special guest T Bone Burnett, Elizabeth Cook and the Milk Carton Kids.

Burnett, who produced Americana masterpieces ranging from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to the Americana and Grammy award winning “Raising Sand” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, spoke to the Clive Davis Theatre audience about the genre that honors the roots of American music that has grown to prominence in recent years.

This year the nominees reflect the diverse and artistic breadth of the genre, where legends and the next generation of stars share the stage.

2013 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS NOMINEES:

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    • Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
    • Cheater's Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
    • From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
    • O' Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope
    • Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell
  • SONG OF THE YEAR
    • Birmingham - Shovels & Rope
    • Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
    • Ho Hey - The Lumineers
    • North Side Gal - JD McPherson
  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • Buddy Miller
    • Dwight Yoakam
    • Emmylou Harris
    • Richard Thompson
  • EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    • JD McPherson
    • John Fullbright
    • Milk Carton Kids
    • Shovels & Rope
  • DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
    • Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
    • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
    • Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
    • Shovels & Rope
  • INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
    • Doug Lancio
    • Larry Campbell
    • Greg Leisz
    • Jay Bellerose
    • Mike Bub

The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 18, 2013 (as part of the Americana Music Festival - September 18-22, 2013 at venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. Described by Paste Magazine as “…the worlds best awards show…,” the Americana Honors & Awards have featured once-in-a-lifetime moments, unforgettable performances and legendary collaborations. Tickets for the Honors & Awards show come with the purchase of Americana Music Festival & Conference Registrations. /li

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