2012 AMA Honors & Awards Nominees
 
Album of the Year
"Here We Rest" – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
"I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive" – Steve Earle
"The Harrow & The Harvest" – Gillian Welch
"This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark" – Various Artists
 
Artist of the Year
Gillian Welch
Hayes Carll
Jason Isbell
Justin Townes Earle

Emerging Artist of the Year
Alabama Shakes
Dawes
Deep Dark Woods
Robert Ellis

 Song of the Year
“Alabama Pines” – Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
“Come Around” – Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz
“I Love” – Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin
“Waitin’ On The Sky” – Written and performed by Steve Earle
 
Instrumentalist of the Year
Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Darrell Scott
Dave Rawlings
 
Duo/Group of the Year
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Civil Wars
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Punch Brothers