Female nominees rule top category at Americana Music Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In contrast to other country music award shows, the artist of the year nominees at this year’s Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards are all female, including Brandi Carlile, Mavis Staples, Kacey Musgraves and Rhiannon Giddens.

The Americana Music Association announced Tuesday that singer-songwriter Lori McKenna is the leading nominee with four. She’s up for album of the year with “The Tree” and earned three bids for song of the year with “By Degrees” and “People Get Old,” where she’s nominated as both an artist and a songwriter.

Producer Dave Cobb is behind McKenna with three nominations — all for album of the year. He produced McKenna’s “The Tree,” John Prine’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” and Amanda Shires’ “To the Sunset.”

The awards show will be held Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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