The Highwomen, John Prine earn Americana awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Highwomen won three awards, including album, song and duo/group of the year, at the Americana Honors and Awards. The late John Prine was given artist of the year honors. The Americana Music Association announced the winners online on Tuesday this year after their awards show, normally held in Nashville, Tennessee, was cancelled because of the pandemic. Prine, who died in April due to complications from COVID-19, was a titan among the Americana music community, having won artist of the year three times previously and received a lifetime achievement award in 2003. The band is also nominated for three Grammys this year, including album of the year and record of the year.
Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs top CMT noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations with three each. In nominations announced Wednesday for the pandemic-delayed show, 14 videos are vying for the top prize of video of the year. The fan-voted show will air on CMT and other networks on Oct. 21 with outdoor performances. The Highwomen, a group made up of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires, also got their first nomination for group video. Electronic producer and DJ Marshmello also earned a nomination in collaborative video for the crossover hit “One Thing Right" with Kane Brown.
Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard lead Americana Awards
Brandi Carlile performs at the To Nashville, With Love Benefit Concert at Marathon Music Works on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singer songwriter Brandi Carlile has had a productive year and that's led her to be the leading nominee at the Americana Honors and Awards for her roles as a solo artist, a member of the group The Highwomen, as a producer and as a songwriter. Also nominated as artist of the year were Tanya Tucker and Yola. The Americana Music Association said the winners will be announced during its awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 16, but said plans are still unfolding for the show. Album of the year nominees include Tucker's comeback album, “While I'm Livin,'" which was produced by Carlile, The Highwomen's self-titled debut, Tyler Childer's “Country Squire,” and Nathaniel Rateliff's “It's Still Alright.”___Online: https://americanamusic.org/awards
Summertime, and the living is uneasy for Jason Isbell
FILE - This July 15, 2018 file photo shows Jason Isbell, of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, performing at Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Ky. Isbell is king of the Americana genre, but he's ambitious for more. The 2013 breakthrough album Southeastern established Isbell as an important new voice and two vibrant follow-ups proved that wasn't a fluke. With Lucinda Williams and t he late John Prine, Isbell formed a holy trinity for fans of Americana music. But Isbell wanted production touches that could help the disc Reunions appeal to people who might not listen to Americana music. Isbell, a progressive with no interest in seeing Trump re-elected, will likely face those issues himself in an election year.
Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. Each member is nominated twice for single of the year as artists and producers of “One Man Band.”Others earning five nominations include Thomas Rhett, producer Dan Huff and Grammy winner Maren Morris. 1 country song of 2019, Morgan Wallen's “Whiskey Glasses," eligible. Wallen did earn a nomination for new male artist, but his hit song isn’t competing for any prizes. __A previous version of this story had the incorrect number of nominations for the group Old Dominion and its individual band members.