Bluegrass Awards Nominees

The International Bluegrass Music Association was established in 1985 to promote and develop the music genre of bluegrass. The International Bluegrass Music Museum followed shortly thereafter in 1988. In 1990 the World of Bluegrass was founded, which is a combination of their award evening, together with a concert and a trade show. A year later the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor was established in the Bluegrass Music Museum. The association is now gearing up for another awards ceremony by releasing the nominations for the 2011 awards.

The awards ceremony for the International Bluegrass Music Awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on the 29th of September 2011, and there is a list of worthy winners on the list of nominees. In the Mandolin Category of the awards there are five nominees, namely Sierra Hull, Adam Steffey, Wayne Benson, Ronnie McCoury and Sam Bush. In the Entertainer of the Year Category there is The Gibson Brothers, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Boxcars, The Grascals and Dailey & Vincent. Both the latter groups have won this title previously, while the others are first time nominees in this category. The Entertainer of the Year Award is awarded to the artists or bands who have made valuable contributions to bluegrass music, attitudes, public acceptance and their performances.

The Boxcars are most definitely making a huge impact on the awards this year as they have also been nominated for Album of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance. The band members consist of John R Bowman, Adam Steffey, Keith Garrett, Ron Steward and Harold Nixon. Two of the members have also been nominated in other categories, with Adam Steffey being a nominee for Mandolin Player, and Ron Steward being on the list for Fiddle Player and Banjo Player.

This year, Del McCoury and George Shuffler will be inducted in to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Del McCoury has been a spectacular ambassador for bluegrass and has also received the most awards for this genre. George Shuffler is viewed as a pioneer in guitar styling and as a bass player. Both will now join the elite group of bluegrass entertainers in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.