IBMA Awards Show returns to the Ryman

The IBMA AwardsLast month we told you about plans for the production of the IBMA Awards Show, with top bluegrass DJs Ned Luberecki and Cindy Baucom being entrusted with the task.

We also mentioned briefly that the 19th International Bluegrass Music Awards would be held at the Ryman Auditorium once again.

Greg Cahill, IBMA President/Board Chair spoke about the show’s return to the Ryman Auditorium ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ

“The decision by the IBMA Board of Directors to move the Awards Show back to the Ryman Auditorium was twofold. Attendees at the annual World of Bluegrass convention, which includes the Awards Show, have consistently mentioned that they appreciated seeing the Awards Show in the hallowed Ryman Auditorium hall and the Board saw moving the show back to the Ryman as both a response to the wishes of the fans as well as an opportunity to make the show more conveniently accessible to the World of Bluegrass attendees, who can simply walk across the street from the convention center to the Ryman. Although there were more available seats at the Grand Ole Opry House, Awards Show attendees had to either drive to the facility or pay to take a shuttle from the convention center.

We are excited about once again having the IBMA Awards Show in the historic Ryman Auditorium and look forward to another wonderful show that will honor our award recipients and will include dynamic musical performances by many of the nominees.”

The award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 8:30pm CST.

Del McCoury and Kathy Mattea will announce final nominees for the 19th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at a Press Conference on Thursday, August 14, at the Ford Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, in Nashville. The IBMA Hall of Fame inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award honorees will also be announced.

Rounder Records duo Dailey & Vincent will perform at the beginning and conclusion of this press conference.

We will have full coverage of the nominees announcements on Bluegrass Today as soon as the press conference has concluded, by noon on August 14.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.