Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams Lead Americana Awards Nominees

This year’s Americana Awards nominees showcase the impressive creativity and depth of the genre.

Sturgill Simpson‘s already impressive year has just gotten a little bit better.

He earned three nominations for the 2015 Americana Awards, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. His highly-acclaimed debut album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, challenged genre expectations and drove new listeners into country and Americana like few other artists have in recent years.

Fellow experimentalist and newcomer Shakey Graves gained nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Emerging Artist, while Americana mainstay Lucinda Williams grabbed nominations in those same three categories.

Doug Seegers, who went from busking on the streets of Nashville to country superstar status in Sweden, is the oldest Emerging Artist nominee at the age of 63. Jason Isbell, who came away from last year’s award ceremony with multiple wins, is again nominated for Artist of the Year.

With such a diverse and competitive group of talent, the award ceremony is sure to bring a few surprises and upsets.

The Americana Honors and Awards will take place September 16 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The full list of nominations for the Americana Awards is as follows:

Album of the Year

And The War Came – Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone – Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz

Metamodern Sounds In Country Music – Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb

The Way I’m Livin’Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell

Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett

Artist of the Year

Rhiannon Giddens

Jason Isbell

Sturgill Simpson

Lucinda Williams

Lee Ann Womack

Duo/Group of the Year

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

The Lone Bellow

The Mavericks

Punch Brothers

Shovels & Rope

Emerging Artist of the Year

First Aid Kit


Nikki Lane

Doug Seegers

Shakey Graves

Instrumentalist of the Year

Hubby Jenkins

Laur Joamets

Greg Leisz

John Leventhal

Stuart Mathis

Song of the Year

“Dearly Departed” – Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme Patterson

“East Side Of Town” – Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams

“Terms Of My Surrender” – John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt

“Turtles All The Way Down” – Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson

“You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had” – Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle

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Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams Lead Americana Awards Nominees