World of Bluegrass week has begun and so this will be the last Awards Poll update before the actual awards show Thursday evening.
Last week 18% of the registered users had voted in the poll. The number of voters has increased slightly to 20%.
Entertainer of the Year – Doyle Lawson has maintained his lead in this category with a 4% advantage over Cherryholmes at this final stage.
Instrumental Group of the Year – This week Mountain Heart and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder find themselves in a dead even race for this award.
Emerging Artist of the Year – Last week Blue Moon Rising’s lead over Steep Canyon Rangers has slipped slightly to only 4 points.
Recorded Event of the Year – Daughters of Bluegrass – Back To The Well has grown their slight lead from last week over Bryan Sutton’s – Not To Far From The Tree, into a 2 point lead.
Banjo Player of the Year – Terry Baucom has retained his 2 point lead over Jim Mills.
Dobro Player of the Year – Rob Ickes is slightly leading this category with 2 points over Jerry Douglas.
Guitar Player of the Year – Bryan Sutton is still leading here with no change from last week’s standings.
And that wraps it up for now. We’ll revisit all this on Thursday night at the IBMA Awards Show. Be sure to join us live that evening at 8:30 PM Central Time.