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Here Are the 2021 Americana Music Awards Nominees

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The Americana Music Association announced their 2021 Americana Music Awards nominees today at Nashville’s new National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM). The six categories include Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Duo/Group of the Year, Emerging Act of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year.

Check out the full list below:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions), Sturgill Simpson, produced by David Ferguson & Sturgill Simpson
J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes, produced by Steve Earle
The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, Valerie June, produced by Valerie June, Ben Rice & Jack Splash
Reunions, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, produced by Dave Cobb
World On The Ground, Sarah Jarosz, produced by John Leventhal

SONG OF THE YEAR:
"Black Myself," Amythyst Kiah, written by Amythyst Kiah
"Call Me A Fool," Valerie June ft. Carla Thomas, written by Valerie June
"Dreamsicle," Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, written by Jason Isbell
"I Remember Everything," John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin & John Prine
"Long Violent History," Tyler Childers, written by Tyler Childers

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Brandi Carlile
Kathleen Edwards
Jason Isbell
Margo Price
Billy Strings

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Black Pumas
The Highwomen
Our Native Daughters
The War and Treaty
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR:
Charley Crockett
Amythyst Kiah
Joy Oladokun
Allison Russell
Waxahatchee

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:
Megan Coleman
Robbie Crowell
Ray Jacildo
Philip Towns
Kristin Weber

Blues guitarist Keb’ Mo’ and Old Crow Medicine Show frontman and fiddler Ketch Secor hosted the live-streamed event, which also featured performances.

Fresh off her Jimmy Kimmel Live performance, Allison Russell played her song 'Quasheba, Quasheba', which she wrote about her ancestor and recorded with Our Native Daughters in 2019. Valerie June played 'Call Me a Fool', saying that many times in life dreamers are often mistaken for fools. But, she reminded viewers, "You gotta jump in that water and go for it".

After announcing the nominees, Keb' Mo' and Old Crow Medicine Show performed their collaborative single 'The Medicine Man'.

This year's 20th Annual Americana Music Awards takes place on September 22 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and kicks off AMERICANAFEST, which returns this year between September 22-25.

"I know for many of you all it’s been an epic year," said Sucor. "And we will continue to take precautions, but we can’t wait until AMERICANAFEST begins because it really is the heart and soul of this city, [Nashville], and it’s going to be wonderful to be a part of our annual community gathering again."