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// 5.16.22

Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile, Yola, Jason Isbell, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Los Lobos, Adia Victoria, The Mavericks, The War and Treaty, Big Thief, Billy Strings and More Announced as the Americana Music Association’s 2022 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

Hosted by The War and Treaty, Americana Music Association Unveiled This Year’s Nominations During a Ceremony at the National Museum of African American Music

The War and Treaty, Adia Victoria and Fisk Jubilee Singers Wrap Event In Stirring Performances 


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 16, 2022) - This afternoon, the Americana Music Association announced the nominees for its 21st annual Americana Honors & Awards during a ceremony at Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). This year’s nominations were revealed by hosts (and Duo/Group of the Year nominee) The War and Treaty. The event was streamed live to the Americana Music Association’s Facebook page and also featured performances from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, The War and Treaty, and Adia Victoria.

A full list of categories and nominees for the Americana Music Association’s 21st annual Americana Honors & Awards is below:

Album of the Year

"In These Silent Days," Brandi Carlile; Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings

"Outside Child," Allison Russell; Produced by Dan Knobler

"Raise The Roof," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; Produced by T Bone Burnett

"A Southern Gothic," Adia Victoria; Produced by Mason Hickman and Adia Victoria, Executive Produced by T Bone Burnett

"Stand For Myself," Yola; Produced by Dan Auerbach


Artist of the Year

Brandi Carlile

Jason Isbell

Allison Russell

Billy Strings



Emerging Act of the Year

Sierra Ferrell

Neal Francis

Brittney Spencer

Adia Victoria

Morgan Wade


Song of the Year

“Canola Fields,” James McMurtry; Written by James McMurtry

“Diamond Studded Shoes,” Yola; Written by Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Yola

“Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson feat. Willie Nelson; Written by Sturgill Simpson

“Persephone,” Allison Russell; Written by Jeremy Lindsay and Allison Russell

“Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile; Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth


Duo/Group of the Year

Big Thief

Los Lobos

The Mavericks

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

The War and Treaty


Instrumentalist of the Year

Ethan Ballinger

Brian Farrow

Larissa Maestro

Shelby Means

Justin Moses


The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The celebrated program is the hallmark event of AMERICANAFEST, which returns for its 22nd year on Sept. 13-17, 2022.

Every year, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted annual awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards including the NMAAM co-presented Legacy of Americana Award, which will all be announced leading up to Americana music’s biggest night.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the National Museum of African American Music as we unveil this year’s Americana Awards nominees,” says Americana Music Association’s Executive Director, Jed Hilly. "Thanks to our hosts, Tanya and Michael Trotter of The War and Treaty, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Adia Victoria for making the event so special. Congratulations to all the member-selected nominees!"

"NMAAM is excited to host the Americana Music Association for their Nominations Announcement Ceremony," said H. Beecher-Hicks, CEO of NMAAM. "We celebrate the nominees and their continued contributions to the American Soundtrack."

Described by Emmylou Harris as “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere,” the Americana Honors & Awards has been broadcast in years past on CMT, Austin City Limits via PBS, AXS TV and via SiriusXM Radio, BBC2, WMOT, WRLT, WSM, Voice of America and Circle Network.

For more than two decades, the prestigious ceremony has celebrated pioneering mainstays and trailblazing newcomers, while featuring unforgettable moments in musical history including Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash's last live performance together, as well as offering show-stopping appearances by k.d. lang, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Bob Weir, Buddy Guy, George Strait, Don Henley, the late John Prine with Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Solomon Burke, Rosanne Cash, the late Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Irma Thomas, Levon Helm, Robert Plant and many more.

Tickets to the Americana Honors & Awards are on sale now for AMERICANAFEST Conference Registrants. For more information on the association or to purchase passes to AMERICANAFEST, please visit


About the Americana Music Association:

The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.


The 22st annual AMERICANAFEST will take place September 13-17 2022 in Nashville, Tenn., once again bringing together music industry professionals and fans alike for five days of discovery, insight and connections.  AMERICANAFEST showcases hundreds of artists and bands throughout many notable venues in Nashville, TN. The destination event also features a first-rate industry conference, bringing together the top tier of the music business to discuss current industry topics and issues. Musical festivities are kicked off by the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards, which celebrates luminaries and welcomes the next generation of trailblazers while offering one-of-a-kind performance pairings at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. For more information, please visit 

About The National Museum of African American Music:

The National Museum of African American Music is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the central role African Americans have played in shaping American music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum shares the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to honor the musical heroes of African American music of the past and the present. For more information, please visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

For more information on the Americana Music Association, please contact:
Americana Music Association // // 615.594.6221
Jackie Marushka // Marushka Media // // 615.417.6500

For more information on the National Museum of African American Music, please contact:
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