Brandi Carlile, Allison Russell and Yola are the main nominees for the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards. All three artists are nominated for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Other nominees for Entertainer of the Year are Jason Isbell and Billy Strings.
Carlile has won Artist of the Year in two of the past three years. Isbell won in this category in 2014.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Adia Victoria and producers Dave Cobb, Dan Auerbach and T Bone Burnett each received two nods.
The nominations were announced at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville on Monday, May 16. The event was streamed live on the Americana Music Association’s Facebook page. Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount Trotter, who form husband and wife duo The War and Treaty, hosted the ceremony.
All five albums nominated for Album of the Year are by female artists – one of them collaborating with a male artist. at Carlile In these silent daysby Russell outdoor child and Yola’s defend myself are joined in the category by Victoria’s A Southern Gothic and Plant and Krauss’ Raise the roof.
Plant and Krauss won in this category in 2008 for their first collaboration, raise sand. This bestseller went on to win the Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album in 2009.
Two of this year’s Album of the Year nominees, Russell’s outdoor child and Yola’s defend myselfwere nominated for Best Americana Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which were presented last month.
Likewise, two of this year’s Song of the Year nominees, Carlile’s “Right on Time” and Yola’s “Diamond Studded Shoes,” were nominated in the songwriting categories at the recent Grammy Awards. “Right on Time,” which Carlile co-wrote with Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. “Diamond Studded Shoes,” which Yola co-wrote with Auerbach, Natalie Hemby and Aaron Lee Tasjan, was nominated for a Grammy for Best American Roots Song.
As the nominee for Album of the Year, Victoria is likely the favorite to win in the other category in which she is nominated: Emerging Act of the Year. Victoria co-produced A Southern Gothicwhich is the only album of the year nominated this year that was produced or co-produced by the artist.
Victoria, The War and Treaty and Fisk Jubilee Singers performed as the nominations were announced.
Victoria performed a cold and haunting rendition of “Magnolia Blues” from A Southern Gothic. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be with you this afternoon…not bad for a girl from South Carolina,” Victoria said.
The War and Treaty, who are nominated for Duo/Group of the Year, closed the event by paying tribute to the late John Prine with a performance of “Knockin’ on Your Screen Door”, the opening track of the Prine’s 2018 album, The Tree of Forgiveness. It won Album of the Year at the 2019 Americana Music Honors and Awards.
The war and the treaty were part of the ceremony in 2019 when Prine was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “We were so honored to be a part of this artist’s honor,” Trotter Jr. said. representing Americana, I just feel like either way, we have to honor John Prine.”
Winners in each category will be announced at Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, September 14 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The organization will also present lifetime achievement awards, including the Legacy of Americana award.
The program is the main event of AmericanaFest, which returns for its 22nd year September 13-17. AmericanaFest features hundreds of artists and bands at multiple venues throughout Music City. The event also includes an industry conference.
Tickets for the Americana Honors & Awards are on sale now for AmericanaFest conference registrants. For more information about the association or to purchase passes for AmericanaFest, visit www.americanamusic.org.
Here is the full list of nominees for the 21st Americana Honors & Awards:
Artist of the year
album of the year
In these silent days, Brandi Carlile; produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings
outdoor child, Allison Russell; produced by Dan Knobler
Raise the roof, Robert Plant and 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
defend myself, Yola; produced by Dan Auerbach
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”, with Sturgill Simpson. 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
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
The war and the treaty
Emerging Act of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year
– Additional reporting by Jessica Nicholson.