Loretta Lynn, Mindy Smith Top AMA Noms

Americana show set for Sept. 24.

Loretta Lynn and Mindy Smith are the top nominees for the 2004 Americana Honors and Awards, to be presented by the Americana Music Assn. (AMA) Sept. 24 in Nashville. Both earned three nominations.

Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" (Interscope) and Smith's "One Moment More" (Vanguard) are both nominated for album of the year. They are joined in that category by Rodney Crowell's "Fate's Right Hand" (DMZ/Columbia) and Slaid Cleaves' "Wishbones" (Philo).

Lynn is also nominated as artist of the year (along with Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer and Patty Griffin), and her "Portland, Oregon" is up for song of the year.

Smith is nominated in the new/emerging artist category alongside Adrienne Young, Greencards and Old Crow Medicine Show. Smith's "Come to Jesus" was recognized in the song category.

Other nominees for song of the year are Crowell's "Fate's Right Hand" and Cleaves' "Wishbones," which he wrote with Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Nominees for instrumentalist of the year are Jerry Douglas, Kenny Vaughan, Sam Bush and Will Kimbrough.

The awards show, to be hosted by Lauderdale, will take place at the Nashville Convention Center at the culmination of the AMA Conference.


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