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Ryman Announcement: IBMA Awards Show September 29, 2011

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IBMA Awards/Ryman/ Nashville, TN -- IBMA Awards return to the historic Ryman Auditorium Sept. 29. Tickets are on sale now and available by clicking here. It's the biggest night of the year on every bluegrass calendar and you'll be there – in person – sitting with your music heroes and the nominees to see who walks away with the year's top honors!

Sam Bush, the host for the evening, doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend…but he is (a legend….not old!). Regarded as the "father of newgrass," he's been honored with Grammy's, IBMA Awards and by the Americana Music Association. It's especially fitting Bush will host this year as the world celebrates what would have been the "father of bluegrass" Bill Monroe's 100th birthday at the Ryman on the very stage where historians peg the sounds of bluegrass were first heard.

"It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards," Bush said. "As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it's especially important to me on the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth. I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night."

The evening is a broadcast production featuring performances by the year's most outstanding talents and once-in-a-lifetime moments when recipients are announced in 17 categories for the most coveted trophy in the music. A highpoint is the induction of two pioneers into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

The evening is a broadcast production featuring performances by the year's most outstanding talents and once-in-a-lifetime moments when recipients are announced in 17 categories for the most coveted trophy in the music. A highpoint is the induction of two pioneers into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

The IBMA Awards will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and will be syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks thanks to the sponsorship of Martha White, Sugar Hill Records, Deering Banjos, Compass Records and the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Program directors and station managers may sign up to be affiliates online at www.IBMA.org. Cybergrass® has webcast the awards show for every year they have been available and plans to do so again this year. We are the only website to have done this special program for our international audience and are grateful to the IBMA for giving us this opportunity.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry's Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, which takes place September 26 – October 2 in Nashville.

The IBMA Awards are the centerpiece of "World of Bluegrass" week in Nashville.

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