BMI proudly hosted the annual Americana Honors & Awards Nominee Announcement Party on Wednesday, May 12 at the W.O. Smith School of Music in Nashville. Roots royalty Emmylou Harris and Todd Snider announced the 2010 nominees after the crowd savored the live sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
From time-tested BMI originals including Dave Rawlings, T-Bone Burnett and Will Kimbrough to newer BMI voices including Sarah Jarosz, Band of Heathens and Ryan Bingham, the artists who will vie for the hand-painted Americana trophies embody the Wall Street Journal’s pithy definition of the genre: “singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write.”
With four nods, Dave Rawlings leads the list of BMI nominations. The Dave Rawlings Machine is up for Duo/Group of the Year, while the band’s A Friend of a Friend and “Ruby” will compete in the Album and Song of the Year categories, respectively.
Ryan Bingham garnered three nominations: Artist, New & Emerging Artist and Song of the Year, recognizing his Academy Award-winning collaboration with T-Bone Burnett “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart).”
The winners will be announced September 9 at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 9th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards Show. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the Honors & Awards ceremony will also recognize Lifetime Achievements and bestow awards in Performance, Songwriting and Instrumentalist and other important categories. Additional honorees and performers will be announced in the coming months.
For a complete list of nominees, visit americanamusic.org.
2010 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards BMI Nominees
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The List, by Rosanne Cash
A Friend of a Friend, by Dave Rawlings Machine
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
Corb Lund (SOCAN)
SONG OF THE YEAR
“The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)”
Written by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett-performed by Ryan Bingham
Written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch-performed by Dave Rawlings Machine