2013 SPBGMA Award Winners

James King and Rhonda Vincent with their 2013 SPBGMA AwardsThe winners of the 2013 SPBGMA Fan’s Choice Awards have been announced here in Nashville at their 39th annual convention.

Performances at the awards show included Nothin’ Fancy, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Gibson Brothers, Rarely Herd, Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Lou Reid & Carolina, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Dailey & Vincent.

And the winners are:

  • Promoter of the Year – DA Callaway from Silver Dollar City
  • Radio Station of the Year – Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction
  • DJ of the Year – Kyle Cantrell, Sirius-XM
  • Songwriter of the Year – Tom T. and Dixie Hall
  • Album of the YearThe Heart Of A Song, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice
  • Bass Player of the Year – Mickey Harris
  • Dobro Player of the Year – Tim Graves
  • Guitar Player of the Year – Josh Williams
  • Mandolin Player of the Year – Doyle Lawson
  • Banjo Player of the Year – J.D. Crowe
  • Fiddle Player of the Year – Hunter Berry
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) – Rhonda Vincent
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) – Jeanette Williams
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) – Junior Sisk
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) – James King
  • Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) – Dailey & Vincent
  • Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional) – Paul Williams & Victory Trio
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall) -Dailey & Vincent
  • Vocal Group of the Year -Dailey & Vincent
  • Instrumental Group of the Year – The Grascals
  • Entertaining Group of the Year – Nothin Fancy
  • Entertainer of the Year – Rhonda Vincent
  • Song of the YearA Far Cry From Lester And Earl, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice

Congratulations to all the winners!

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  • Darren Sullivan-Koch

    Sincere question: Why is it that SPBGMA seems to have none of the prestige of IBMA? For over a decade now I’ve heard fans, artists, and industry folks dismiss it pretty much entirely…why do you think that is?

  • Lynwood Lunsford

    IMHO, it’s because the leadership of the IBMA sees SPGBMA as a threat to their organization. In fact, one of the driving forces behind the formation of the IBMA, was to offer an alternative to SPGBMA.

    Some have said that the SPGBMA awards don’t carry as much weight, because only paid attendees can vote. But with the IBMA, only paid members can vote…….so I don’t see too much of a difference!

  • RJ Buckingham

    I don’t think I’ve heard anybody who actually matters dismiss SPBGMA. Disclosure: I’ve never gone because it has too much jamming for my taste, and not enough performance. I’m starting to change my mind, and might go one year just for the experience.

    Videos of the event show a pretty packed place, so lots of folks obviously like it. I think there’s a perception of competition between IBMA and SPBGMA that doesn’t really exist. I’m pretty sure I saw a tweet or Facebook posting from IBMA congratulating the SPBGMA winners. That’s telling, and a mighty classy gesture.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve never noticed any bluegrass band shy away from crowing about an award in their promotional material, no matter which organization awarded it. That’s as it should be. Bluegrass gets little enough recognition as it is.