BMI writers and artists claimed a majority of the nominations for the debut Americana Awards Show, created by the Americana Music Association to recognize artistic merit and achievement in the Americana music format. Gillian Welch and The Flatlanders -- Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock -- received nominations in three categories: Album, Song and Artist of the Year. Double nominees were Jim Lauderdale and David Rawlings (nominated with Welch in Artist and Song categories).
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale
Sponsored in part by Rounder Records and the First Amendment Center, the event will take place at Nashville's Downtown Hilton Suites on September 13, in the midst of the Americana Music Association Conference (12-14). The evening's host will be Jason Ringenberg of pioneering roots-rockers Jason & the Scorchers.
Congratulations to BMI's nominees:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator)
The Flatlanders, Now Again
Dale Watson, The Jordanaires, Mandy Barnett, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Joy Lynn White, Allison Moorer, Crystal Gayle, Del McCoury Band, Lionel Cartwright, Gail Davies, Willie Nelson, BR5-49, Deborah Pierce, Trent Summar, Billy Walker and Pam Tillis, Caught In The Webb: Tribute to Webb Pierce
SONG OF THE YEAR
Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, "She's Looking At Me"
Lonesome Bob, "Heather’s All Bummed Out"
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, "I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll"
The Flatlanders, "My Wildest Dreams"
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR