The IBMA has announced that Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski will serve as the hosts for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards on September 29 in Raleigh, NC. This 27th annual event will be held at the Duke Energy Center just a block away from the Raleigh Convention Center where IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events will take place.
Both Hull and Tyminski are beloved by bluegrass fans, Dan starting for his time with Lonesome River Band in the 1990s and with Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1994. His career highlight includes serving as the singing voice for George Clooney in the Coen Brothers classic, O Brother Where Art Thou in 2000. Sierra emerged as a child prodigy, recording her first album for Rounder while still in high school in ’08, and leading her own band, Highway 111, for several years. She now performs in a small group setting with Justin Moses and Ethan Jodziewicz.
These two will oversee the distribution of awards to the top stars in bluegrass in a gala program that typically features live performances from major nominees and celebrities in bluegrass. A list of 2016 nominees can be found online.
Awards show producer Amy Reitnouer, who is returning to that position for the third year in a row, says to expect a fun program.
“Sierra and Dan both have long and respected histories in the IBMA community, so it’s a thrill to have them together on stage to host this year’s awards. We’ve got plenty of memorable moments being planned out for the show, and there’s no doubt that these two will bring class, charisma, and chemistry to the stage and serve as great emcees!”
Tickets to the show are available to the public on a first come/first served basis. More details can be found online.