Not everybody was watching the football game. In bluegrass music, the attention was on the the bluegrass music awards in Nashville. The Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent was inducted into the SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats durings Sunday's 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony. Vincent also captured Instrumental Group of the Year with her band, The Rage and the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.
The SPBGMA awards are important primarily because they are fan awards. Unlike the IBMA Awards, the SPBGMA awards are voted on by fans and artists alike. This more closely reflects who the listening audience feels are the best. Their choices gave Album of the Year honors to The Farm Hands for In a Country Town and Bluegrass Band of the Year honors were awarded to Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice. Nothin' Fancy took home the Entertaining Group of the Year award. Song of the Year awards went to "They Called it Music" by the Gibson Brothers.
This year's convention was a big hit in Nashville and bluegrass artists were participating, networking, jamming and having a good time throughout the event. Once again, Nashville bluegrass fans and artists came out in force to make 2014 a fun and exciting event. There was a record turnout this year and even parking was sold out early Friday.
The 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony wtook place during the society's 31st National Convention, January 30 through February 2, 2014, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest start were there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.
SPBGMA serves to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music. The organization also offers a management service for any community desiring to hold a Bluegrass festival and/or to organize and conduct Bluegrass Band competitions. In all SPBGMA sponsored events, instruments must be traditional acoustic instruments, no electrified instruments permitted. SPBGMA encourages professionalism in appearance and showmanship by the performers at SPBGMA events as well as encouraging the support of various Bluegrass publications and associations.
This event is always a favorite and includes the Showcase of Bands, Workshops, opportunities for promoters and talent buyers to view new and existing artists to see what's new. There are trade exhibits, record companies and more available for the artists and the fans. Of course, this is also an exciting time in bluegrass music where the fans and their favorite artists get to mingle and socialize as well. It is definitely and friendly, up close and personal experience for all involved.
Listed by Category, the unofficial 2014 Winners are: