Nashville, Tenn. May 12, 2014 – The Americana Music Association announced its nominees today for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan. SiriusXM "Apron Strings" host and artist Elizabeth Cook revealed the nominations during a press conference that broadcast live on SiriusXM's "Outlaw Country" and streamed via MusicCityRoots.com from the network's Music City Theatre in Nashville.
The celebration also featured performances by Honors & Awards Host Jim Lauderdale, Band Leader Buddy Miller—whose acoustic quartet backed rising stars Valerie June, Parker Millsap and Hurray For The Riff Raff—preceding the opening of the envelopes. Elizabeth Cook closed out the one-hour program joining Miller for a duet of the classic "Burning the Midnight Oil" made famous by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
A genre that honors the roots of American music and its tapestry of influences, nominees for the 2014 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." 2014 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS NOMINEES ALBUM OF THE YEARBuild Me Up From Bones, Sarah JaroszThe Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert EllisThe River And The Thread, Rosanne CashSoutheastern, Jason Isbell ARTIST OF THE YEARRosanne CashRodney CrowellRobert EllisJason Isbell DUO/GROUP OF THE YEARThe Avett BrothersThe Devil Makes ThreeHard Working AmericansLake Street DiveThe Milk Carton Kids SONG OF THE YEAR"Cover Me Up", Jason Isbell"A Feather's Not A Bird", Rosanne Cash"Ohio", Patty Griffin"Only Lies", Robert Ellis EMERGING ACT OF THE YEARHurray For The Riff RaffParker MillsapSt. Paul & The Broken BonesSturgill SimpsonValerie June INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEARLarry CampbellFats KaplinBuddy MillerBryan Sutton The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 17, 2014 (as part of the Americana Music Festival -September 17-21, 2014 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.