NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dave Rawlings is the top nominee for this year's Americana  Music Association Awards.

Rawlings, long happy to stand in the shadows as a producer and longtime collaborator with Gillian Welch, received four nominations, including album of the year for his debut, "A Friend of a Friend."

Oscar winner Ryan Bingham and Ray Wylie Hubbard each received three nominations and Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers and Hayes Carll took two apiece when Emmylou Harris and Todd Snider read the nominations Wednesday in Nashville.

Bingham, Griffin, Hubbard and Levon Helm and Steve Earle in a tie were nominated for artist of the year.

Bingham also is nominated for song of the year for his "Crazy Heart" theme, "The Weary Kind," and in the new and emerging artist category.

The awards will be held Sept. 9 at the Ryman Auditorium.

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