Monday, May 23, 2011

Robert Plant leads Americana Awards nominations

Robert Plant and Buddy Miller teamed up to top the list of nominees for the 2011 Americana Honors & Awards with three apiece.

Each was nominated Monday for Artist Of The Year, along with fellow three-time nominee Elizabeth Cook, and the two teamed up for several nominations on their collaboration, “Band of Joy.”

The record earned the former Led Zeppelin singer a nomination for Album Of The Year. The Band Of Joy – Plant’s all-star group of collaborators, which includes co-producer Miller - earned a nod in the Duo/Group category

Miller is also up for Instrumentalist Of The Year.

The Americana Awards take place October 13 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Members of the Americana Music Association vote on the nominees, with results revealed during the performance-heavy Honors & Awards program, the centerpiece of the Oct. 12-15 Americana Music Festival and Conference.

The festival includes performances from Americana artists (official though nebulous, big-tent definition: “music that honors and derives from the traditions of American roots music”) at numerous Nashville clubs.

Here are the nominees for the 2011 Americana Honors & Awards:

Artist of the Year:
Hayes Carll
Elizabeth Cook
Buddy Miller
Robert Plant

Top Album Of The Year:
Elizabeth Cook – “Welder”
Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues”
Robert Plant – “Band Of Joy”
Lucinda Williams – “Blessed”

Duo/Group Of The Year:
The Avett Brothers
The Civil Wars
Mumford & Sons
Robert Plant’s Band of Joy

Best Song Of The Year:
Hayes Carll - “Kmag Yoyo”
Elizabeth Cook - “El Camino”
The Decemberists - “Down By The Water”
Justin Townes Earle - “Harlem River Blues”

New/Emerging Artist Of The Year:
The Civil Wars
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Mumford & Sons
Secret Sisters

Instrumentalist Of The Year:
Sarah Jarosz
Will Kimbrough
Buddy Miller
Gurf Morlix
Kenny Vaughan

Band Band of Joy - Robert Plant

Robert Plant – Angel Dance
Live From The Artist’s Den (2011)