This evening, the International Bluegrass Music Association will announce the nominees for their 2013 awards at a 6:00 p.m. (EDT) press conference in Nashville.
The press conference, and the concert to follow, will be available as a live video stream from Music City Roots online. Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale will host the conference, and the 8:00 p.m. concert will feature performances from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Donna Ulisse, The SteelDrivers, and Flatt Lonesome.
To tune in live, just go to www.musiccityroots.com, or listen to the audio on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction (channel 61).
The nominees to be announced this evening represent the second stage of voting by the professional membership of the IBMA. The first ballot allows members to suggest potential nominees in 17 member-selected categories. A second ballot presents the top five vote-getters from the first ballot, the results of which determine the final nominees. An additional six awards have nominees chosen by committee, with the IBMA Panel of Electors choosing the winners. This panel, made up of 200-300 members with more than 10 years experience in the bluegrass industry, also choose two Hall of Fame inductees each year.
Five Distinguished Achievement recipients will also be announced at the press conference, selected by a special committee.