International Bluegrass Music Award Winners
A night full of both heartfelt and humorous moments, artists and industry professionals celebrated th 21st Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on September 30.
Hosted by Sharon and Cheryl White and Jerry Douglas, the event was broadcasted live on Sirius XM from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Taking home their third consecutive award for Entertainer of the Year, Dailey & Vincent were top winners of the night. The duo also received their third straight Vocal Group of the Year award, their second award for Album of the Year for Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, Recorded Event of the Year with Larry Stephenson for "Give This Message to Your Heart" and Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project.
Receiving three awards, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper accepted honors for Instrumental Group of the Year, their eighth Fiddle Player of the Year award and Marshall Wilborn's second consecutive award for Bass Player of the Year.
In addition to Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for "Durang's Hornpipe," Adam Steffey accepted his seventh Mandolin Player of the Year award. Their first honor since 1998, The Gibson Brothers took home the award for Song of the Year for "Ring the Bell" as well as Gospel Performance of the Year. Taking home two awards, The Josh Williams Band won Emerging Artist of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year for guitarist Josh Williams.
Instrumentalist Rob Ickes accepted his twelth award for Dobro Player of the Year while The Grascals' Kristin Scott Benson won her third consecutive honor for Banjo Player of the Year.
For the third time, Russell Moore of Illrd Tyme Out was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Claire Lynch received her second award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Louise Scruggs and John Hartford were posthumously inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award honorees were Benjamin F. "Tex" Logan, Sherry Boyd, Lynn Morris, Richard Weize and Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick.