IBMA 2005 Awards Winners

Here are the IBMA 2005 Awards Winners, side by side with the winners of our poll.

Award IBMA Winner Bluegrass Today Winner

Entertainer of the Year Cherryholmes Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Instrumental Group of the Year Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Male Vocalist of the Year Larry Sparks Russell Moore

Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Rhonda Vincent

Song of the Year Me and John and Paul
The Grascals (artists)
Harley Allen (writer)
Rain Please Go Away
Alison Krauss and Union Station (artists)
Del McCoury (writer)

Album of the Year 40, Larry Sparks You Gotta Dig A Little Deeper – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Praise His Name, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Praise His Name, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Instrumental Album of the Year Slide Effects, Phil Leadbetter Endless Line – Tim Stafford

Recorded Event of the Year 40 – Larry Sparks Tribute to Jimmy Martin: “The King of Bluegrass” – various

Emerging Artists of the Year The Grascals Cherryholmes

Instrumental Performers of the Year

Award IBMA Winner Bluegrass Today Winner

Banjo Player of the Year Jim Mills Jim Mills

Dobro Player of the Year Phil Leadbetter Rob Ickes

Bass Player of the Year Mike Bub Mike Bub

Fiddle Player of the Year Stuart Duncan Hunter Berry

Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton Tony Rice

Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey Doyle Lawson

Special Awards – These are awarded by special committee

  • Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year – Cindy Baucom; “Knee Deep in Bluegrass” syndicated program; Elkin, N.C.

  • Bluegrass Event of the Year – WinterGrass; Tacoma, Wash.; Feb. 2005
  • Bluegrass Print Media Person of the Year – Stephanie P. Ledgin, author of Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass (Greenwood Publishing

  • Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project – Wayne Brezinka (designer),Various Artists, The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, Dualtone Records

  • Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project – Jon Hartley Fox (liner notes), Red Allen, Lonesome and Blue: The Complete County Recordings, Rebel Records