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IBMA Announces Special Awards Nominees

IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for their Special Awards, honors that recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Bluegrass Event of the Year, Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project, Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project, Print/Media Person of the Year and Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year. The Special Awards will be handed out Thursday, September 29, during a luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC.

International Music & Entertainment Association Bluegrass Awards

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix RisingIndependent bluegrass artists were recognized the 2016 early honors award winners by the International Music and Entertainment Association. Along with the August announcement of the 2016 International Music and Entertainment Association award nominees came news of this year’s Early Honors Award Winners – which were nearly a clean sweep by bluegrass artists!

Birthplace of Country Music Receives Multiple Honors

Birthplace of Country Music HonorsBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, took home top honors at the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) 19th annual Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show" for BCM's interactive remote exhibit at the Bristol, Virginia Welcome Center. BCM received two Pinnacle Awards for its public relations and advertising campaigns surrounding the CD release of Orthphonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, an award was given for the organization's website, and one for the economic impact of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which is estimated to add more than $16 million in tax revenue for Bristol and the surrounding region.

Chris Stapleton Captures Numerous ACM Awards

Chris StapletonThe 2016 Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards show was held last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cohosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, the awards honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in Country Music today. Once again, Chris Stapleton captured not only the spotlight but many awards as well.

Berklee to Present American Master Awards at Music City Roots

Gillian Welch and David RawlingsBoston, MA -- Berklee will present American Master Awards to legendary record producer, songwriter and recording artist T Bone Burnett, as well as the acclaimed roots duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on a special Tuesday night edition of Music City Roots, the variety weekly music broadcast from the Factory in Franklin, TN. The show, set for March 15, 2016, will feature performances by outstanding Berklee alumni Sierra Hull (’11), Liz Longley (’10) and Maureen Murphy ('99). Berklee alumni Welch and Rawlings will perform as well, closing the show following presentation of the awards.

SPBGMA Awards Highlight the Best in Bluegrass Music

SPBGMA LogoThe 42nd Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards took place during the society's 32nd National Convention February 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is always the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest stars were there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies. The trophies have been awarded, the celebrations have begun and everybody is getting ready to make more great bluegrass music in 2016.

Nominees for 42nd SPBGMA Awards Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced. The 42nd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards will take place during the society's 33rd National Convention. The convention takes place February 4-7, 2016 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 starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Recognized with Industry Awards

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has recently been recognized with a variety of industry awards and commendations, including the Southeastern Museums Conference 2015 Technology Competition, the British Guild of Travel Writers 2015 Tourism Awards, and the American Alliance of Museums 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition.

31st Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Award Winners

Darren RichardThe Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society would like to sincerely congratulate the winners presented at the 31st Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Cobequid Education Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Master Awards are awarded to contestants who have won the respective award five times. this year's Master Awards were presented to Ryan Dillman of Shadow River for Banjo Player of the year and to Darren Richard of Bluegrass Tradition for Individual Entertainer of the Year.

2015 FreshGrass Award Winners Announced

Old Salt UnionNorth Adams, MA -- Cheered on by festivalgoers and past winners alike, the 2015 FreshGrass Award highest accolades went to Old Salt Union in the band competition; Zoe & Cloyd won the duo; Catherine Bowness was judged best in banjo; and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes captured the fiddle prize. All competitors in four categories performed both an original and traditional tune for a jury led by Grammy Award-winner and master banjoist Alison Brown during Saturday and Sunday of the festival. The winners receive cash and prizes totaling $25,000, recording sessions at Compass Records in Nashville, Tennessee, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman. All four winners return to North Adams in 2016 to perform at that year’s festival.

Balsam Range on Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- The 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards were awarded at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. and Mountain Home Music Company would like to congratulate Balsam Range on their honors: Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year - "Moon Over Memphis," and Tim Surrett as Bass Player of the Year.

The Earls of Leicester Sweep International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA Awards LogoRaleigh, NC -- Bluegrass music’s finest were honored last evening at the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, handed out in front of full house at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win; a good night indeed for the five-piece band.

Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestMerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is a celebration of "traditional plus" music. The festival presents a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.

Americana Announces the 2015 Honors & Awards Winners

Ricky Skaggs at Americana Honors & AwardsNashville, TN -- Americana -- "A lively genre embodies both the continuity and evolution of roots music," (Wall Street Journal) -- celebrated its 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards tonight at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This year's winners reflected the community's "spirit of eclecticism" (New York Times), with Shakey Graves as Emerging Artist of the Year; John Leventhal, Instrumentalist of the Year; The Mavericks, Group/Duo of the Year; Lucinda Williams, Album of the Year ('Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'); and Sturgill Simpson claiming both Song of the Year (for "Turtles All The Way Down") and Artist of the Year trophies.

IAMA Featured Artists Of The Month Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass Band

Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass BandThe featured IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) acoustic music artists of the month are: Downhill Bluegrass Band (from Sweden), John Floridis and Susan Cattaneo. From Sweden, the Downhill Bluegrass Band is one of Europe’s most prestigious, well known and highly regarded bluegrass bands.

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