The Americana Music Association took to Los Angeles to announce the 2012 nominees for the Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan. Music enthusiast John C. Reilly announced the nominations at Thursday’s event hosted by Americana ambassador Jim Lauderdale at The Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre.
The celebration also featured performances by special guests Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Robert Ellis alongside the Americana All-Star band, led by Buddy Miller with Lauderdale, Greg Leisz, Don Heffington and Don Was. The finale song honored Americana icons; Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, who were all the heartbeat of the genre, with a loving rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012 (as part of the Americana Music Festival to take place September 12-15, 2012 at various venues throughout Nashville). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moments over the years from secret shows to legendary collaborations.
A genre that honors the roots of American music and its tapestry of influences, nominees for the 2012 ceremony reflect its brightest talents. From lyricists that articulate the human condition to unrivaled instrumentalists, Americana has been described by The New York Times as "the coolest music scene today."
Americana Honors & Awards 2012 Nominees
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Here We Rest - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive - Steve Earle
The Harrow & The Harvest - Gillian Welch
This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark - Various Artists
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Townes Earle
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Deep Dark Woods
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Alabama Pines” – Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
"Come Around" - Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz
“I Love” – Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin
“Waiting on the Sky to Fall” – Written and performed by Steve Earle
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit