Nashville Music Award Voting Begins

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• September 21, 2009

nma300Revived in a partnership with Next Big Nashville (NBN) and Leadership Music, Inc. (LM), the Nashville Music Awards (NMA), were first produced by LM from 1995 through 2000. The NMAs recognize outstanding contributions in all genres of music. The 2009 Nashville Music Award winners will be announced at a reception on the first evening of NBN, Wednesday, October 7 at the Cannery Ballroom (Time TBA) followed by a special NBN Opening Night Showcase. Online balloting will continue until Sept. 30. For a complete list of nominees visit nashvillemusicawards.com.


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2009 FINAL NOMINEES

For voting by the public – one vote per category, one ballot per person

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon
Alison Krauss
Paramore
Taylor Swift
Jack White

BEST NEW ARTIST
Mat Kearney
Lady Antebellum
Erin McCarley
SafetySuit
The SteelDrivers

SONG OF THE YEAR
“The Climb” Miley Cyrus
Writers: Jessi Alexander / Jon Mabe
“Decode” Paramore
Writers: Josh Farro / Hayley Williams / Taylor York
“Give Me Your Eyes” Brandon Heath
Writer: Brandon Heath / Jason Ingram
“I Run to You” Lady Antebellum
Writers: Dave Haywood / Charles Kelley / Hillary Scott / Tom Douglas
“In Color” Jamey Johnson
Writers: Jamey Johnson / Lee Thomas Miller / James Otto
“The Motions” Matthew West
Writer: Jason Houser / San Mizell / Matthew West
“Old Enough” The Raconteurs
Writers: Brendan Benson / Jack White III
“Sex on Fire” Kings of Leon
Writers: The Followills (Caleb, Nathan, Jared, Matthew)
“The Time of My Life” David Cook
Writer: Regie Hamm
“White Horse” Taylor Swift
Writers: Taylor Swift / Liz Rose

NEXT BIG NASHVILLE AWARD (Emerging Artists)
AutoVaughn
Madi Diaz
Mikky Ekko
Those Darlins
Brooke Waggoner

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Brett James
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Bobby Pinson
Liz Rose

SONGWRITER-ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon (Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill)
Jamey Johnson
Dolly Parton
Taylor Swift
Matthew West

POSTER / ALBUM ARTWORK / PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Dave Barnes  Me + You + The World
Leeland  Opposite Way
Roy Orbison  The Soul Of Rock And Roll Boxed Set
Joel Rugé  On The Blue
Third Day  Revelation

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Bela Fleck
Edgar Meyer
Jeff Taylor
Steve Wariner
Jack White

MUSIC VIDEO / FILM OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean “She’s Country” – Directed by Wes Edwards
Justin Townes Earle “Midnight At The Movies” – Directed by Ryan Newman
Jars Of Clay “Two Hands” – Directed by Eric Welch
Rascal Flatts “Here Comes Goodbye” – Directed by Shaun Silva
John Rich “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” – Directed by Deaton-Flanigan

MADE IN MUSIC CITY AWARD (for a recording made in Nashville by a non-Nashville artist)
Joan Baez, The Day After Tomorrow
Steve Earle – producer, Sound Emporium studio/Room and Board studio
Cage the Elephant, Cage the Elephant
Jay Joyce – producer, Tragedy & Da House studios
Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
T Bone Burnett – producer, Sound Emporium studio
John Oates, 1,000 Miles of Life
John Oates & Jed Leiber – producers; Ronnie’s Place studio
Trivium, Shogun
Nick Raskulinecz – producer, Sound Kitchen studio

BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dale Ann Bradley, Don’t Turn Your Back, Compass Records
Dailey & Vincent, Brothers from Different Mothers, Rounder Records
The Grascals, Keep on Walkin’, Rounder Records
The Infamous Stringdusters, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sugar Hill Records
The Steeldrivers, The Steeldrivers, Rounder Records

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Eric Church, Carolina, Capitol Nashville Records
Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song, Mercury Records
Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night, Arista Records
Taylor Swift, Fearless, Big Machine Records
Lee Ann Womack, Call Me Crazy, MCA Nashville Records

AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Justin Townes Earle, Midnight at the Movies, Bloodshot Records
Chuck Mead, Journeyman’s Wager, Grassy Knoll Records
Buddy & Julie Miller, Written in Chalk, New West Records
Sarah Siskind, Say It Louder, Request/Thirty Tigers Records
Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan, Yep Roc Records

URBAN RECORDING OF THE YEAR
All-Star, Starlito’s Way, Grind Hard Records
William Davenport, William Davenport (EP), Self Released
FUTURE, Sci Fly Project (EP), Clean Cut Recordings
Kloud9, Enjoy the Ride, Shanachie Entertainment
April Rucker, Here I Stand, One Staj Music Group

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Francesca Battistelli, My Paper Heart, Fervent Records
Ashley Cleveland, God Don’t Never Change, Koch Records/E1 Entertainment
Brandon Heath, What If We, Reunion Records
Jars of Clay, The Long Fall Back To Earth, Gray Matters/Essential Records
RED, Innocence & Instinct, Essential Records

JAZZ / BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Pat Coil Sextet, Bird House, Liberty Hill Records
Jonell Mosser, Trust Yourself, Better Angels Records
Jason Ricci & New Blood, Done with the Devil, Eclecto Groove Records
Take 6, The Standard, Heads Up Records (Telarc)
Victor Wooten, Palmystery, Heads Up Records (Telarc)

POP / ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Gabe Dixon Band, The Gabe Dixon Band, Fantasy
The Features, Some Kind of Salvation, 429 Records/Bug
Kings of Leon, Only By The Night, RCA
Erin McCarley, Love, Save the Empty, Universal Republic
The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely, Third Man/Warner Bros.

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