Raleigh, NC -- The Momentum Awards were presented at the Showcase Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25 during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. These awards began last year when the IBMA inaugurated the IBMA Momentum Awards after a year of close input, analysis, and preparation. These awards are meant to recognize musicians and industry professionals in the early stages of their bluegrass careers. It is not a peoples’ choice, popularity or member-voted award, but a juried award by notable peers. Input from all constituencies is considered by said jury. Essentially, the Momentum Awards recognize the best “up and comers."