Tanya Tucker's 2019 song "Bring My Flowers Now" requested career-affirming accolades on this side of eternity, as opposed to posthumous praise. The song from her While I'm Livin' album got its wish when Tucker won her first two Grammy awards back in January. Now there's a chance she'll get honored again in 2020 as she's nominated in three categories for this fall's 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards.
On Sept. 11, Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, announced that the awards presentation, originally slated for Sept. 16 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, was postponed indefinitely.
"We've carefully evaluated safety measures both with an audience and without," Hilly wrote in a statement. "It is our conclusion that if just one person walked out of the Ryman with COVID-19, we would not be able to forgive ourselves. We are making new plans to celebrate the nominees and to proclaim the winners later this fall, and we hope to have details on that shortly with an official announcement date soon."
The nominees, announced June 15, better reflect diversity than just about any other awards show's list of potential winners. And that's not just a comparison to the ACM Awards,.
For instance, the late singer-songwriter John Prine's fellow Artist of the Year nominees are all women: Tucker, Carlile, Howard and Yola. Album of the year hopefuls include Nathaniel Rateliff, Tyler Childers, The Highwomen, Howard and Tucker.
The other "big three" category, Song of the Year, includes selections by Rateliff, Tucker, the Highwomen and Howard plus Drive-By Truckers' "Thoughts and Prayers" and the Aubrie Sellers and Steve Earle duet "My Love Will Not Change."
The awards show usually happens during AmericanaFest in Nashville, which has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions.
Americana Awards Nominees
Album of the Year:
And It's Still Alright, Nathaniel Rateliff, Produced by James Barone, Patrick Meese and Nathaniel Rateliff
Country Squire, Tyler Childers, Produced by David Ferguson and Sturgill Simpson
The Highwomen, The Highwomen, Produced by Dave Cobb
Jaime, Brittany Howard, Produced by Brittany Howard
While I'm Livin', Tanya Tucker, Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings
Artist of the Year:
Duo/Group of the Year:
Buddy & Julie Miller
Our Native Daughters
Emerging Act of the Year:
Instrumentalist of the Year:
Song of the Year:
"And It's Still Alright," Nathaniel Rateliff, Written by Nathaniel Rateliff
"Bring My Flowers Now," Tanya Tucker, Written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker
"Crowded Table," The Highwomen, Written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna
"My Love Will Not Change," Aubrie Sellers featuring Steve Earle, Written by Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp
"Stay High," Brittany Howard, Written by Brittany Howard
"Thoughts and Prayers," Drive-By Truckers, Written by Patterson Hood