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IEBA Honors Touring Industry Leaders

Chubby Checker (L) and Brenda Lee (R)

Chubby Checker (L) and Brenda Lee (R)

The 2009 Annual International Entertainment Buyers Association Honors Ceremony was held last night (10/12) at the Ryman Auditorium to honor the live entertainment industry’s elite. The show was hosted by actor Luke Perry and guests were treated to performances from Jamey Johnson, Jessie James, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Houser, Jud Laipply, Chris Young and Chubby Checker.

Brenda Lee presented Chubby Checker with the Career Achievement Award, Lorrie Morgan presented Joan Saltel with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and CAA’s John Huie presented Barbara Hubbard with the Harry A. Peebles Award for her tireless stewardship of students seeking entertainment careers.

Full list of 2009 IEBA Honorees:
Entertainment Buyer of the Year — Todd Boltin of Variety Attractions
Promoter of the Year — Outback Concerts of TN
Talent Agent of the Year — John Huie of CAA
Venue of the Year — Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Event of the Year — Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN

Awards Highlight 15th Annual ICM Week

icm_logoCraig Morgan, Point of Grace and Halfway to Hazard are among the artists confirmed to perform at the 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Thursday, October 15. The show takes place 7pm at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium in Hendersonville and tickets can be purchased for $45 from www.icm-awards.com. Additional performers confirmed for the event include Dennis Agajanian, The Carter Twins, Katalyst, Jordyn Shellhart, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Cherryholmes, Jason Crabb, Randy Houser, Adam Gregory, James Payne and more. The 2009 ICM Awards will be aired on TCT Networks, The Worship Network, and more. A full list of award nominees is included below.

The Awards show is the keynote event of the Annual Inspirational Country Music Week, which started in Hendersonville yesterday (10/11). Attendees are treated to meet and greet sessions and autograph signings with artists, as well as numerous live music showcases like the ICM Sumner County Benefit Concert tonight (10/12), 7pm at Trinity Music City USA. Performers include Matthew Wacaster, Sandra Dee, The Roys, The Carter Twins, and Halfway to Hazard. Proceeds from the $20 admission price will go toward the purchase of weather radios for Sumner County residents.

Also included in the week is the 2009 ICM Talent Competition, scheduled for 9:30am Wednesday (10/13) at Trinity Music City USA. The cost is $200 per entrant, and any Christian or Inspirational genre is acceptable. The winning act will receive a three song project and one HMG single release marketed to radio. Register for the competition here.

2009 ICM Awards Nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
Barry McGee, CrossCountry The Band, Del Way, James Payne, Point Of Grace

Male Vocalist
Allen Frizzell, Del Way, Greg McDougal, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist
Amanda Fessant, Denean Workman, Kathy Joy Bell, Mary James, Sandra Dee

Vocal Duo of the Year
Bellamy Brothers, Branded, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Robert & James, The Roys

Vocal Group
CrossCountry The Band, Last Light Band, Point Of Grace, The Akins, The Springs

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song
“Everything Is Fine” — Josh Turner
“God Must Really Love Me” — Craig Morgan
“Sissy’s Song” — Alan Jackson
“Somebody Said A Prayer” — Billy Ray Cyrus
“Up To Him” — Tracy Lawrence

Mainstream Country Artist
Jeff Bates, Josh Turner, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Tracy Lawrence

Christian Country Song of the Year
“Good Ole Boys” — James Payne and Del Way
“Loving You” — Greg McDougal with Tammy Cochran
“Make It Into Heaven” — Steve Richard
“Man Of His Word” — Allen Frizzell
“The Devil’s Game” — Tommy Brandt

Songwriter of the Year
Del Way, Greg McDougal, James Payne, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt

“Everything Is Fine” — Josh Turner, Director: Roman White
“God Must Really Love Me” — Craig Morgan, Director: Eric Welch
“Sissy’s Song” — Alan Jackson, Director: Scott Scovill
“Up To Him” — Tracy Lawrence, Director: Flick Wiltshire
“Waitin’ On A Woman” — Brad Paisley, Director: Jim Shea/Peter Tilden

New Artist
Clay Dustin, Glen Shelton, Jayc Harold, Nichole Hope Crandell, Steve Richard, The Akins

Musician of the Year
Charlie Daniels, Dennis Agajanian, Gordon Mote, Greg McDougal, Ricky Skaggs

Legend / Pioneer Award
CrossCountry The Band, Gayla Earlene, Ken Holloway, Ricky Skaggs, Last Light Band

Comedy Act of the Year
Barry McGee, Chonda Pierce, Jeff Treece, Mark Lowry, Steve McGranahan,World’s Strongest Redneck

Radio Personality of the Year
J.R. Pitsenbarger, Leon Joplin, Red Ellis, Rich Miller, Robby Lynn

Radio Station of the Year
KIJN, Farwell TX
KKUS, Tyler TX
WCWV, Summersville WV
WJCR, Upton KY
WTYS, Marianna FL

Inspirational Country Bluegrass Award
Alison Krauss, Lawrence Bishop, Marty Raybon, New Jerusalem, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, The Isaacs

Youth In Music Award
Abbey, Calina Boggs, Hannah Belle, Luke Womac, Mackenzie Morgan, Matthew Wacaster

Music Evangelist of the Year
Corey Brooks, CrossCountry The Band, Melanie Walker, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt

Faith, Family, & Country Movie
Billy, The Early Years: Solex Productions
Fireproof, Provident Films
Hannah Montana: The Movie, Disney
Saving God, Cloud Ten Pictures
The Genius Club, Cloud Ten Pictures

Television Network
Daystar, Gospel Music Channel, TCT Network, Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN)

Musicians Hall Inductions Set For Monday

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels

The Musicians Hall of Fame Award Show will take place Monday, Oct. 12 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, with an all-star class of inductees and performers. Joining the Hall this year are some of the most influential and highly regarded musicians, producers and arrangers of their generations including Chet Atkins, Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Dick Dale, Charlie Daniels, Victor Feldman, Producer Fred Foster, Motown Arranger Paul Riser, and original members of the band TOTO (Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, David Paich, Steve Lukather, and Mike Porcaro).

Several inductees will perform at the event, as well as special guests Rascal Flatts, Steve Wariner, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Union Gap’s Gary Puckett, Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts, Stevie Ray Vaughn/Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, and a few surprises.

Inductees are nominated nationally by the Musicians Union’s 90,000 members and top industry professionals. Past inductees include: Booker T. & The MG’s, The Crickets, Duane Eddy, Al Kooper, The Memphis Horns, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Billy Sherrill, The Nashville A-Team, The Blue Moon Boys, The Funk Brothers, The Memphis Boys, The Tennessee Two, and The Wrecking Crew.

Tickets are still available by visiting www.nashvillesymphony.org or by calling 615-687-6400.

Nashville Music Awards Honor Swift, Other Locals

nma_db_01Taylor Swift was the big winner at the Nashville Music Awards last night (10/7), collecting three trophies during a reception at the Cannery Ballroom. The 19-year-old Big Machine recording artist was named Artist of the Year and Songwriter/Artist of the Year, with her album Fearless earning Country Album of the Year honors.

Presented by Leadership Music in partnership with music festival and conference Next Big Nashville (NBN), the Nashville Music Awards were established to recognize outstanding contributions in all genres of music and to celebrate the diversity and quality of artists and music professionals who call Nashville their home.

Other highlights include Lady Antebellum scoring New Artist of the Year, Jack White being named Top Instrumentalist, Liz Rose being voted Songwriter of the Year, and Regie Hamm’s “The Time of My Life” performed by American Idol winner David Cook, taking home Song of the Year. In the album categories, Jars of Clay won for Gospel/Contemporary Christian, and Kings of Leon received the trophy for Pop/Rock.

Winners were announced in 19 categories by NMA nominating committee members including NBN Owner Jason Moon Wilkins, Warner Chappell Sr. VP Tracy Gershon, and Leadership Music board member Robert K. Oermann.

This year marks the first partnership between Leadership Music and Next Big Nashville for this awards presentation, held on the opening night of the NBN festival. The NMAs previously were produced from 1995 through 2000 by Leadership Music. The 2009 winners were chosen by popular vote via online balloting. Eligible recordings or projects must have been active in the marketplace between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 and NMA awards are limited to persons and organizations residing in Davidson County and surrounding counties.

The Nashville Music Award trophy was designed and donated by George P. Johnson. A complete list of 2009 Nashville Music Awards winners follows. Look for a detailed report of the Awards ceremony from MusicRow’s own Bobby Karl in tomorrow’s @MusicRow, for paid subscribers only.

2009 Winners

Artist Of The Year: Taylor Swift

Best New Artist: Lady Antebellum

Song Of The Year: “The Time Of My Life,” Written By Regie Hamm (Recorded By David Cook)

Next Big Nashville Award (Emerging Artist): Brooke Waggoner

Songwriter Of The Year: Liz Rose

Songwriter-Artist Of The Year: Taylor Swift

Poster/Album Artwork/Packaging Of The Year: Roy Orbison, The Soul Of Rock And Roll Boxed Set, Latocki Team Creative

Instrumentalist Of The Year: Jack White

Music Video/Film Of The Year: Rascal Flatts, “Here Comes Goodbye,” Directed By Shaun Silva

Made In Music City Award (For A Recording Made In Nashville By A Non-Nashville Artist): Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, T Bone Burnett, Producer; Recorded At Sound Emporium Studio

Bluegrass Album Of The Year: The Steeldrivers, The Steeldrivers on Rounder Records

Country Album Of The Year: Taylor Swift, Fearless on Big Machine Records

Americana Album Of The Year: Sarah Siskind, Say It Louder on Request/Thirty Tigers Records

Urban Recording Of The Year: April Rucker, Here I Stand [EP] By One Staj Music Group

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Album Of The Year: Jars Of Clay, The Long Fall Back To Earth on Gray Matters/Essential Records

Jazz/Blues Album Of The Year: Take 6, The Standard on Heads Up Records (Telarc)

Pop/Rock Album Of The Year: Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night on RCA

Innovator: Landmark Digital Services, LLC for Bluearrow Audio Recognition

Heritage Award: The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Accepted By Musical Director Paul Kwami

Nashville Music Awards Return Tomorrow

NashMusicAwardsThe Nashville Music Awards return tomorrow night (10/7) through a partnership between Leadership Music and the Next BIG Nashville conference and festival. Recognizing outstanding contributions in all genres of music, and celebrating the diversity and quality of artists and music professionals who call Nashville their home, awards will be handed out at the Cannery Ballroom as part of the opening night of NBN.

This year marks the first partnership between Leadership Music and Next Big Nashville for this annual awards presentation. The NMAs were previously produced from 1995-2000 by Leadership Music.

Tomorrow’s awards reception is open to NMA nominees, Next Big Nashville badge holders, Leadership Music Alumni, and media. For more information on how to purchase a Next Big Nashville badge visit www.nextbignashville.net.

The 2009 winners in 19 categories were chosen by popular vote via online balloting. Voting is now closed. Click here to see the nominees. Eligible recordings or projects must have been active in the marketplace between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 and NMA awards are limited to persons and organizations residing in Davidson County and surrounding counties.

CMA Awards Schedule Superstar Performances

carrie-and-bradThe superstar line-up of CMA Awards performers includes co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. This first round of artists, given exclusively to People.com by the CMA, also lists all of the Entertainer of the Year nominees: George Strait, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Paisley (this year’s most-nominated artist with seven nods).

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards show, airs live from Nashville’s Sommet Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Also playing that night are Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Sugarland and first-time CMA nominee Darius Rucker.

The final round of CMA Awards Ballots will be emailed to voting members on Friday, Oct. 16. The votes are due Friday, Nov. 3.

Official CMA Awards merchandise is now available on CMAawards.com. This year’s line of merchandise features six apparel items, two hats, a coffee mug, and a wine tote.

IEBA Plans Conference, Awards

e1254244444The International Entertainment Buyers Association’s annual conference is set for Oct. 11-13 in Nashville, offering a variety of panels to discuss current issues facing live entertainment.


Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry will host the IEBA Honors, Oct. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium. Industry pioneer Joan Saltel will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the winners of the IEBA Industry Awards will be recognized onstage. Winners include Entertainment Buyer of the Year – Todd Boltin of Variety Attractions; Promoter of the Year – Outback Concerts of TN; Talent Agent of the Year – John Huie of CAA; Venue of the Year – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN; and Event of the Year – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN

Numerous performances are scheduled for the IEBA conference. Point of Grace, Heartland, The Molly Ringwalds, Williams & Ree and a surprise guest will perform Sunday, October 11 at the APA showcase. Ricky Skaggs, Mercy Me, Eli Young Band, The Family Stone, Sunny Sweeney, Caitlin Crosby, Walker Hayes and more surprise guests will perform later that night at the Paradigm showcase at The Stage on Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Other artists and special guests scheduled to appear at IEBA 2009 include: Bob Lefsetz, Dan Clark, Don Felder, The Wailers, Boyz II Men, Phil Vassar, Michelle Branch, Joey + Rory, Uncle Kracker, TobyMac, Emily West, Marcie Allen of MAC Presents, Drew McGowan of Clorox Company, John Grady of Borman Entertainment, Mary Hilliard Harrington of The Greenroom, Derek C. Crownover of Crownover Tisinger, Lang Scott of Music City Networks and leading executives from MySpace, iLike and other social networking sites, plus much more.

American Airlines is the official airline of IEBA. Conference attendees will receive a 10% discount off the lowest applicable eligible published airfare when using the following promotional code: 92H9AT, valid from October 8-16, 2009. www.aa.com.

Bobby Karl Works The Room: IBMA Awards

Dailey and Vincent

Dailey and Vincent (front) with fiddle player Adam Haynes (far left) and sound engineer Key Chang. Photo: Collin Peterson

Chapter 321

This year’s IBMA awards belonged to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, who picked up five trophies, but last year’s champs Dailey & Vincent snagged the biggest prizes of all.

Cleveland and company won the Instrumental Group, Instrumental Performance and the Fiddler, Bass Player and Mandolin Player of the Year awards. Dailey & Vincent triumphed as the Entertainers of the Year, as well as winning the Vocal Group of the Year and the Gospel Recorded Performance honors.

Dan Tyminski, Photo: Dan Loftin

Dan Tyminski, Photo: Dan Loftin

But the 20th anniversary of these bluegrass awards, staged Thursday (10/1) at the Ryman Auditorium, wasn’t really about who won or lost. It was about outstanding music. For those of you who gripe about the lack of true “country” in today’s country music, I hereby direct your attention to the world of bluegrass. The event featured stunning performances by The Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Dan Tyminski Band and more.

Kathy Mattea and Hot Rize co-hosted, drawing from a usually witty script and interspersed with appearances by the band’s honky-tonk alter ego Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers. Presenters included Dixie & Tom T. Hall, Andy Leftwich, Cia Cherryholmes, Claire Lynch, Ronnie Bowman, Alecia Nugent, Chris & Sally Jones and Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White.

“I don’t have much voice this week,” whispered Tyminski when he was ironically named Male Vocalist. When he also won Album of the Year, presenters Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas humorously spoke for him while he moved his lips.

Female Vocalist winner Dale Ann Bradley turned Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” into a bluegrass romp. In a nice twist of fate, her honor was presented to her by her producer, Alison Brown. They hugged.

“This is one of the greatest thrills of my life, to be here tonight,” said Steve Martin. He meant it. And he was wildly cheered by the capacity audience, for his The Crow CD has dramatically raised bluegrass music’s profile. In addition to presenting, Martin performed with The Steep Canyon Rangers. His CD won awards for liner notes and artwork.

When Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent won for their gospel performance of “On the Other Side,” they called songwriters Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney and Tom Botkin to the stage. “This is killer, right here,” said Cleveland when his band won the Instrumental Performance award. During the evening the blind fiddler thanked his parents for transporting him to competitions and festivals.

Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeepers took home five awards at last night's (10/1) IBMAs.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper took home five awards at last night's (10/1) IBMAs. Photo: Collin Peterson

Doyle Lawson inducted The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. He noted that the group was founded by the late Ezra Cline in 1937 in West Virginia. “The group weathered a lot of personnel changes,” he noted, adding, “I wonder what that feels like.” Lawson’s Quicksilver has long had a rotating cast. Surviving Lonesome Pine members Melvin Goins, Paul Williams and Bobby Osborne accepted and got a standing ovation.

One of the most interesting performances occurred when Danny Paisley & Southern Grass and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice took the stage together. Both were nominees as Male Vocalist and Emerging Artist. Each performed separately and then as a big, merged band.

The Recorded Event trophy went to The Daughters of Bluegrass. There are 31 women on this record, and more than a dozen of them trouped to the stage to accept en masse.

Among my favorite performances of the show was “Ring the Bells” by The Gibson Brothers. Dailey & Vincent drew gasps with a tour de force, a cappella gospel number punctuated by long sustains in perfect harmony. The Grascals were quite moving on “Satan Knew My Grandma Well.” Mattea and Hot Rize sang her hit “Untold Stories,” which the group’s Tim O’Brien wrote. One of the most memorable instrumentals of the night came from an all-star lineup consisting of Stuart Duncan, Rob Ickes, Ronnie McCoury, Jim Mills, Missy Raines and Bryan Sutton. Between them, they account for 44 IBMA Awards. Speaking of McCoury, The Del McCoury Band turned in a eyebrow-raising bluegrass-rockabilly performance of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic “Break Up.”

“The only reason I’m here is this group,” said John McEuen when inducting The Dillards into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. “I’m flabberghasted,” said Doug Dillard in accepting. “I want to thank God for giving us bluegrass music. Keep this music alive forever.”

The packed-to-the-rafters crowd was notable for its whoops and hollers throughout the show. This was especially notable during the instrumental by Cleveland & Flamekeeper.

They also erupted several times during the finale. Osborne, Williams and Goins joined Hot Rize in a “Pain in My Heart” tribute to The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. All three of the senior citizens are still in excellent voice. The show-closing Dillards tribute, “The Old Home Place,” demonstrated that the veteran group can also still “cut the mustard.”

“I think we have some of the best musicians in the world in this music,” said Rob Ickes in accepting his 11th consecutive Dobro Player of the Year IBMA honor. Amen to that, pal.

Spotted in the admiring crowd were David Preston, David Crow, Dan Keen, Joey & Rory, Jerry Salley, Perry Howard, George Walker IV, Scotty Cline, Vernell Hackett, Stan Hitchcock, Keith Bilbrey, Lance Leroy, Lynn Robin Green and Carl Jackson.

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Photo: Collin Peterson


International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The Dillards
Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients – Hylo Brown, Pati Crooker, Jody Rainwater, Dick Spottswood, Joe Wilson
Entertainer of the Year – Dailey & Vincent
Male Vocalist of the Year – Dan Tyminski
Female Vocalist of the Year – Dale Ann Bradley
Album of the YearWheels, The Dan Tyminski Band, produced by Dan Tyminski, Rounder Records
Vocal Group of the Year – Dailey & Vincent
Instrumental Group of the Year – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Song of the Year –  “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away,” by Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass (artist), Chris Stuart & Ivan Rosenberg (writers)
Recorded Event of the Year – “Proud to Be a Daughter of Bluegrass” featuring Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Lisa Martin, Gloria Belle, Sierra Hull, Rhonda Vincent, Lisa Ray, Linda Lay, Sally Jones, Jeanie Stanley, Carol Lee Cooper, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Michelle Nixon, Jeanette Williams, Sophie Haislip, Louise Tomberlain, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan, Annette Kelley, Lilly Lieux, Dixie Hall, Judi Marshall, Melissa Lawrence, Beth Lawrence, Rebecca Frazier, Donica Christensen, Lisa Maning & Jenni Lyn Gardner (artists); Dixie Hall, Paula Wolak & Frances Money (producers); Blue Circle Records
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – “Jerusalem Ridge,” Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (artist), Bill Monroe (writer), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producers), Rounder Records
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year – “On the Other Side;” Dailey & Vincent (artists), Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney & Tom Botkin (writers); Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers); Rounder Records
Emerging Artist of the Year – The SteelDrivers
Instrumental Performers of the Year:
Banjo – Kristin Scott Benson
Fiddle – Michael Cleveland
Dobro – Rob Ickes
Mandolin – Jesse Brock
Bass – Marshall Wilborn
Guitar – Josh Williams
Bluegrass Event of the Year – Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Oak Hill, New York; July 2008
Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year – Katy Daley; HD Radio WAMU 88.5 Channel 2, 105.5 FM & www.bluegrasscountry.org; Washington, D.C.
Print Media Person of the Year – Roger Siminoff; Siminoff’s Luthiers Glossary, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Breakdown
Best Liner Notes for Recorded Project – Steve Martin (writer), The Crow, Steve Martin (artist), 40 Share Productions (label)
Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project – Greg Carr & Salli Ratts (designers), The Crow, Steve Martin (artist), 40 Share Productions (label)

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, September 28 – October 4 in Nashville.

Buddy Miller Wins Big At Americana Awards

(l-r) Buddy Miller & Justin Townes Earle photo credit: Ray Kennedy/The Image Thief

Award winners Buddy Miller (L) and Justin Townes Earle (R) Photo: Ray Kennedy/The Image Thief

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer Buddy Miller won almost every award for which he was nominated at last night’s (9/17) 8th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, held at the Ryman Auditorium. He and his collaborators, including wife Julie Miller, walked away with Artist, Album, Duo/Group of the Year, and Song of the Year. The only thing standing between Miller and a clean sweep was Gurf Morlix winning Instrumentalist of the Year. A detailed account of the Americana Awards is available to paid subscribers in today’s @MusicRow.

The packed performance line-up included John Fogerty, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, and Sam Bush celebrating their lifetime achievement awards. John Prine and Nanci Griffith sang a duet in honor of recipient Jim Rooney. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the show also included performers Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Raul Malo, The Flatlanders, Reckless Kelly, and the nominees for New & Emerging Artist of The Year—Band of Heathens, The Belleville Outfit, Sarah Borges and Justin Townes Earle. Earle took home the trophy in that category.

The show ended with an all-star jam around “Dixie Chicken,” a salute to the posthumous President’s Award recipient Lowell George of Little Feat.

The Americana Music Association’s annual festival and conference, featuring panels and approximately 100 performances by legends and the next generation of stars, runs through Saturday at venues throughout Nashville.

(l-r) Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller photo credit: Erika Goldring

(l-r) Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller. Photo: Erika Goldring

Americana Awards
Album Of The Year: “Written In Chalk,” Buddy & Julie Miller
Artist Of The Year: Buddy Miller
Duo/Group Of The Year: Buddy & Julie Miller
New & Emerging Artist Of The Year: Justin Townes Earle
Instrumentalist Of The Year: Gurf Morlix
Song Of The Year: “Chalk” Written By Julie Miller, Performed By Buddy Miller And Patty Griffin

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Performance: Asleep At The Wheel
Executive: Ken Levitan
Songwriter: John Fogerty
Producer/Engineer: Jim Rooney
Instrumentalist: Sam Bush
President’s Award: Lowell George

[Updated] Paisley Scores 7, Leads CMA Nominations

ABC News anchors Robin Roberts congratulates Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack after they announce some of the final nominees for "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" broadcast live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” from the their studios in New York City’s Times Square on Sept. 9. photo: ABC/ Ida Mae Astute

ABC News anchor Robin Roberts congratulates Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack on their CMA Award nominations. The artists revealed some of the nominees live this morning (9/9) on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

Editor’s Note: An oversight by CMA has been resolved, resulting in Paisley’s nomination count rising to seven, and Urban’s rising to four. They were inadvertently left off the original list of nominees in the Musical Event category.

Nominees for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards were revealed yesterday (9/9) morning, with Brad Paisley leading the pack with seven nods. Paisley was nominated for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for American Saturday Night (produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois); Single and Song for “Then” (songwriters DuBois and Ashley Gorley); Music Video for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban, which was directed by Jim Shea; and Musical Event with Urban for the same song.

Urban follows closely with five nominations. Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown, each received four nominations.

Among the other highlights:

Strait now has 79 career total CMA Awards nominations, which ties him with Alan Jackson for the most nominations to date. He leads the trophy count with 22.

Swift’s four nominations include her first for Entertainer of the Year. The last time a solo female artist was nominated for Entertainer of the Year was Faith Hill in 2000. Shania Twain was the last female artist to claim the award in 1999.

A powerhouse in the Entertainer of the Year category, Kenny Chesney has won the trophy four times. If he takes it home again this year, it will tie him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in the category.

If Carrie Underwood wins Female Vocalist again, it will tie her with Martina McBride and Reba McEntire for most wins in the category. McBride and McEntire are nominated as well. In fact, McEntire is the female artist with the highest number of nominations in the 43-year history of the CMA Awards with 48.

Brooks & Dunn are nominated for Vocal Duo, a category they have won a record 14 times. They have 19 trophies total.

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban

New Artist
Randy Houser
Jamey Johnson
Jake Owen
Darius Rucker
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn ft. Reba McEntire
“Down The Road” Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally)
“Everything But Quits” Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait)
“I Told You So” Carrie Underwood ft. Randy Travis
“Old Enough” The Raconteurs ft. Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe
“Start A Band,” Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban), Arista Nashville

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
Montgomery Gentry

Single of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)

“Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band
Produced by Keith Stegall, Atlantic Records

“I Run To You,” Lady Antebellum
Produced by Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley, Capitol Records Nashville

“In Color” Jamey Johnson
Produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys, Mercury Nashville

“People Are Crazy,” Billy Currington
Produced by Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington, Mercury Nashville

“Then,” Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois, Arista Nashville

Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois, Arista Nashville

Defying Gravity, Keith Urban
Produced by Dann Huff and Keith Urban, Capitol Records Nashville

Fearless, Taylor Swift
Produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records

Love On The Inside, Sugarland
Produced by Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush, and Jennifer Nettles, Mercury Nashville

That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson
Produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys, Mercury Records

Song of the Year (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown/Wyatt Durrette

“I Told You So,” Randy Travis

“In Color,” Jamey Johnson/Lee Thomas Miller/James Otto

“People Are Crazy,” Bobby Braddock/Troy Jones

“Then,” Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley

Music Video of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Boots On,” Randy Houser, Directed by Eric Welch

“Love Story,” Taylor Swift, Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“People Are Crazy,” Billy Currington, Directed by The Brads

“Start A Band,” Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban), Directed by Jim Shea

“Troubadour,” George Strait, Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year
Eddie Bayers- Drums
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar