2012 IBMA Awards

Last night was a doozy here in Nashville.

Bluegrass’ big night, The International Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony, was held at The Ryman Auditorium and streamed worldwide online. We were honored to have been a broadcast partner for this event, and delighted that it all went off without a hitch.

If you were unable to watch it all go down live, here is a list of last night’s winners:

  • Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees: Doyle Lawson, Ralph Rinzler
  • Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients: Byron Berline, Joe & Lil Cornett, Orin Friesen, Pee Wee Lambert, Kitsy Kuykendall
  • Entertainer of the Year: The Gibson Brothers
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Blue Highway
  • Instrumental Group of the Year: The Boxcars
  • Emerging Artists of the Year: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Russell Moore
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Dale Ann Bradley
  • Song of the Year: A Far Cry From Lester & Earl, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  • Album of the Year: Heart Of A Song, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year: Singing As We Rise, by the Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs
  • Instrumental Performance of the Year: Angeline The Baker by Lonesome River Band
  • Recorded Event of the Year: Life Goes On by Carl Jackson, Ronnie Bowman, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Rickey Wasson, Randy Kohrs, D.A. Adkins, Garnet Bowman, Lynn Butler, Ashley Kohrs, Gary Payne, Dale Pyatt, Clay Hess, Alan Bibey, Jay Weaver, Ron Stewart & Jim VanCleve (artists); Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jim Van Cleve & Randy Kohrs (producers); Rural Rhythm Records
  • Banjo Player of the Year: Sammy Shelor
  • Bass Player of the Year: Marshall Wilborn
  • Fiddle Player of the Year: Stuart Duncan
  • Dobro Player of the Year: Rob Ickes
  • Guitar Player of the Year: Doc Watson
  • Mandolinist of the Year: Adam Steffey

During the afternoon on Thursday, the following Special Awards were announced:

  • Broadcaster of the Year: Kyle Cantrell
  • Bluegrass Event of the Year: ROMP, produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, KY
  • Print Media Person of the Year: Marty Godbey, author of Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe (Univ. of Illinois Press)
  • Best Graphic Design – Bedrock Manufacturing (designer) for Nobody Knows You, by the Steep Canyon Rangers (Rounder Records)
  • Best Liner Notes: Marian Leighton Levy (liner notes), for Tony Rice: The Bill Monroe Collection, by Tony Rice (Rounder Records)
  • Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year: Jon Weisberger

Congratulations, and well done everyone!

We have dozens of photos from the show which we will post throughout the day.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Dennis Jones

    Nice job on the live feed. The show was pretty good too.

    • Lewis Cruz

      I missed the live feed. Was the video recorded & available to view?

  • Rob Lifford

    Might be time for them to create an award for Digital Media Person of the Year as well…

    • Jon Weisberger

      We might could tweak the title a bit, but the critical distinction here is between the written word on the one hand, and audio or a/v broadcasting on the other. Frank Godbey, creator of the bgrass-l email (i.e., digital) list, won the award in 1995, and John Lawless of Bluegrass Today, and Brance Gillihan won it in 2007 for their (digital) Bluegrass Blog, BT’s predecessor.

  • Dick Bowden

    I also enjoyed, and appreciated being able to watch on Bluegrass Today’s Livestream. I had a little trouble at first because every time I’d change my screen settings, my computer would start a new unseen screen and the different audios weren’t in synch! But after I just closed EVERYTHING and started over, I got clear sound in synch with the video. Were you running right off the house sound? Many times the mix was very poor. Opening number was ALL bass fiddle, even though I was delighted to see it was Jerry McCoury. Many band appearances suffered from inaudible instrument breaks. All in all, THANKS!

    • Uncle Billy Dunbar

      I agree Dick, there needs some things worked out. However I am really happy that it was broadcast would also know if there is a place I can see a recorded copy? Livestream just couldn’t handle all that was logged on, I stared trying to get the stream as the Red Carpet show was started and it would never stopped trying to load and also no sound? And also when I would try to bring it up again it would switch to another page?

  • Uncle Billy Dunbar

    There needs some things worked out. However I am really happy that it was broadcast would also know if there is a place I can see a recorded copy? Livestream just couldn’t handle all that was logged on, I stared trying to get the stream as the Red Carpet show was started and it would never stopped trying to load and also no sound?

    I even tried the Nashvilleroots site and Country Roots and never could get on.

    But Thank you all for finally getting it on.