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Robert Plant & Elizabeth Cook Lead 2011 AMA Nominations

Elizabeth Cook and Robert Plant received the most nominations for the 2011 AMA Honors & Awards.

Rosanne Cash announced the list of 2011 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards nominees during an event at the Gibson/Baldwin Showroom in New York City on Monday. The Civil Wars, Levon Helm and His Dirt Farmer Quartet featuring Jim Lauderdale and Rosanne, with Benmont Tench on keys all performed during the event with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joining the celebration and offering praise of the Music City Americana Music Association.

Elizabeth Cook and Robert Plant lead the nominees with three nominations each. Elizabeth’s Welder is nominated for Album of the Year field while her song “El Camino” is up for Song of the Year. Robert Plant and the Band of Joy are nominated for Duo/Group of the Year and their album Band of Joy is also up for Album of the Year nod. Both Cook and Plant are up for Artist of the Year.

Two recent New/Emerging Artist of the Year winners are living up to their title. The 2009 recipient, Justin Townes Earle, grabbed two nominations for Album of the Year for Harlem River Blues and Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues; and last year’s winner, Hayes Carll, is nominated for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Kmag Yoyo.” The Civil Wars and Mumford and Sons both are nominated for New/Emerging Artist and Duo/Group of the Year, while Buddy Miller is nominated for Artist and Instrumentalist of the Year.

The 10th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It will take place during the 11th Annual Americana Festival and Conference, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 15 and offers daily seminars, panels, and networking opportunities at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. There are also more than 100 showcases scheduled during the festival at venues throughout Nashville.

THE 2011 AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION HONORS AND AWARDS NOMINEES:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Band of Joy, Robert Plant
Welder,
Elizabeth Cook
Harlem River Blues,
Justin Townes Earle
Blessed,
Lucinda Williams

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Buddy Miller
Elizabeth Cook
Hayes Carll
Robert Plant

NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

The Civil Wars
Mumford And Sons
The Secret Sisters
Jessica Lea Mayfield

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Avett Brothers
The Civil Wars
Mumford And Sons
Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy

SONG OF THE YEAR

Decemberists with Gillian Welch- “Down By The Water”
Elizabeth Cook – “El Camino”
Hayes Carll – “Kmag Yoyo”
Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues”

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Buddy Miller
Gurf Morlix
Kenny Vaughan
Sarah Jarosz
Will Kimbrough

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