The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) has announced the nominees for their 2008 Bluegrass Music Awards.
Unlike the awards handed out by the International Bluegrass Music Association – which are awarded based on several rounds of ballots by peers and industry pros – the SPBGMA Awards are determined by fan voting, with ballots printed in major bluegrass music magazines.
Many of the names are the same on both lists each year, but as the name suggests, the SPBGMA Awards tend to favor more traditional bluegrass music – though the award categories are often broken into Traditional and Contemporary subdivisions.
The awards will be announced and distributed on February 3, 2008 at the conclusion of the 25th annual SPBGMA National Convention, held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, TN.
You can see the complete list of nominees on the SPBGMA site.