NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nominees for the 2004 Americana Honors & Awards show were announced t July 15, 2004 in a press conference held at BMI’s Nashville offices. The Americana Honors & Awards — which recognizes the achievements of Americana music’s greatest practitioners — is part of the Americana Music Association Conference held September 23-25 at the Nashville Convention Center. Nominees for album of the year include Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose (Interscope); Mindy Smith – One Moment More (Vanguard); Rodney Crowell – Fate’s Right Hand (DMZ/Epic) and Slaid Cleaves – Wishbones (Philo.) Nominees for Artist of the Year include Allison Moorer , Jim Lauderdale, Loretta Lynn and Patty Griffin.
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field.
The Americana Honors & Awards Show is held each year’s Conference to honor merit and achievement within the Americana music genre. Two hour show includes performances, awards, nominees, tributes and more. Past performers & award winners in attendance include Johnny & June Carter Cash (2002 performers), Kris Kristofferson (2003 performer), Ricky Skaggs (2003 performer), Rodney Crowell (2003 performer), Allison Moorer (2003 performer), Jim Lauderdale (2003 host & performer), Kathleen Edwards (2003 performer), Gillian Welch (2002 performer), Buddy & Julie Miller (2002 performer), Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Douglas, Jason Ringenberg and more.
This year marks the creation of a new award, the “New/Emerging Artist of the Year,” which was created to help recognize new or rapidly emerging artists from within the Americana genre. Nominees in this new category include Adrienne Young, Greencards, Mindy Smith and Old Crow Medicine Show.
COMPLETE LIST OF 2004 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS SHOW NOMINEES:
Album of the Year
Loretta Lynn – “Van Lear Rose” (Interscope)
Mindy Smith – “One Moment More” (Vanguard)
Rodney Crowell – Fate’s Right Hand (DMZ/Epic)
Slaid Cleaves – Wishbones (Philo)
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year (presented to the Songwriter)
Loretta Lynn – “Portland, Oregon” (Loretta Lynn)
Mindy Smith – “Come To Jesus” (Mindy Smith)
Rodney Crowell – “Fate’s Right Hand” (Rodney Crowell)
Slaid Cleaves – “Wishbones” (Slaid Cleaves & Ray Wylie Hubbard)
Instrumentalist of the Year
New/Emerging Artist of the Year
Old Crow Medicine Show
Registration for the 2004 Americana Music Association Conference, including the Americana Honors & Awards show, is still available online.