Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Amythyst Kiah and More Garner Nods
By Dale Henry Geist
Were we premature in crowning 2019 as the Year of the Country Queer? Not even halfway through 2020 and it’s already looking stellar for our tribe. The Americana Music Association just announced its nominees for this year’s Americana Awards, and y’all: we dominate.
Where to start? The great Brandi Carlile nabs six nominations: for Artist of the Year; Album of the Year, as co-producer of Tanya Tucker’s “While I’m Livin’;” another Album of the Year as a member of The Highwomen, for their self-titled album; Duo/Group of the Year for The Highwomen; Song of the Year, as co-writer for “Crowded Table” (here‘s our review); and lastly, another Song of the Year, for co-producing “Bring My Flowers Now”. People, there are only six categories!
The phenomenal Brittany Howard pulls in three noms: Album of The Year for “Jaime,” which she also produced; Artist of the Year; and Song of the Year for “Stay High,” which she also wrote and produced. (If they had a Video category, “Stay High” would have to be a contender.)
Rounding out the queer nominations: Amythyst Kiah hauled one in for Duo/Group of the Year as a member of Our Native Daughters; young Katie Pruitt nabbed one in the Emerging Act of the Year category; and the prolific Ellen Angelico gets one for Instrumentalist of the Year.
Check out the evidence below of why these women rule: