Country legend Johnny Cash has been nominated for three of the Americana Music Association’s top awards: album of the year, song of the year and artist of the year. Cash’s album American IV: The Man Comes Around, driven by the chart-topping Nine Inch Nails cover, “Hurt,” has been Cash’s most successful album in years—his first to go gold since 1970.
Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards, Buddy Miller and Alison Krauss have each been nominated in two major categories. Other nominees include The Jayhawks (album of the year), The Dixie Chicks (song of the year) and Jerry Douglas (instrumentalist of the year).
Ballots have already been distributed to eligible members of the Americana Music Association and voting will continue until Aug. 26, 2003.
During the ceremony, five lifetime achievement awards will be given. Last year, the association honored Cash, Emmylou Harris, T-Bone Burnett, Billy Joe Shaver and Doug Sahm.
At this year's ceremony, live performances by Edwards, Allison Moorer, Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell have already been confirmed.
To attend the event, which will be held in Nashville on Sept. 19, you must register for the association's annual Americana Conference. To register online visit the Americana Music Association Web site at www.americanamusic.org.