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Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” was named best country album during the Grammys’ pre-telecast ceremony on Sunday — and it was a moment that put the Nashville musician’s career arc into perspective.
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On Tuesday, the Americana Music Association revealed the nominees for the 2017 Americana Honors and Awards. 

Sturgill Simpson, just a few months removed from his Best Country Album Grammy for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” is nominated in three categories, the most of any artist this year: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “All Around You.”

Margo Price – 2016’s Emerging Artist – is up for Artist of the Year as well; Jason Isbell, John Prine and Lori McKenna (who also got a Song of the Year nod for “Wreck You”) round out the category.

Southern rockers The Drive-By Truckers and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell also were nominated for two awards each.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be announced in the coming months. 

The 2017 Americana Honors and Awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 13. The awards show is the centerpiece of the Americana Music Festival and Conference (Sept. 12-17), six days of music, seminars and other events centered on American roots music. Conference registrations and festival wristbands can be purchased through americanamusic.org. 


2017 Americana Music Honors and Awards Nominations

Album of the Year

“American Band,” Drive-By Truckers, Produced by David Barbe

“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson

“Close Ties,” Rodney Crowell, Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning

“Freedom Highway,” Rhiannon Giddens, Produced David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell

“The Navigator,” Hurray for the Riff Raff, Produced by Paul Butler

 

Artist of the Year

Jason Isbell

John Prine

Lori McKenna

Margo Price

Sturgill Simpson

 

Duo/Group of the Year

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

Drive-By Truckers

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

The Lumineers

 

Emerging Artist of the Year

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Amanda Shires

Brent Cobb

Sam Outlaw

 

Song of the Year

“All Around You,” Sturgill Simpson, Written by Sturgill Simpson

“It Ain’t Over Yet,” Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Written by Rodney Crowell

“To Be Without You,” Ryan Adams, Written by Ryan Adams

“Wreck You,” Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue

 

Instrumentalist of the Year

Spencer Cullum, Jr.

Jen Gunderman

Courtney Hartman

Charlie Sexton