Joni Harms Leads Cowboy Awards Noms

Western singer up for album, song of the year.

Joni Harms, Kip Calahan and R.W. Hampton lead the list of nominees for the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Will Rogers Cowboy Awards, set for July 13 at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Harms earned four nods, including top female vocalist and western swing female. She's also up for album of the year for "Let's Put the Western Back in Country." The title track, penned with Wood Newton, received a nod for song of the year.

Calahan and Hampton have three nominations each. Calahan is up for female vocalist, song of the year for "What Cowboy Means" and album of the year for "Cowboys, Cowgirls, Roundups and Rodeos." Hampton is nominated for entertainer of the year, male vocalist and song of the year for "Troubadour."

Perennial favorites Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave teamed up this year and received nominations for best duo/group and best album for "When Trails Meet." Each was also recognized individually: Gail for female vocalist, Musgrave for male vocalist.

The awards show will conclude the AWA's annual gathering, organized by president Bobby Newton. This year's event will be held July 9-13 at the Doral-Tesoro Hotel.

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