Douglas is the sixth recipient of this annual award, instituted in 2010 to honor artists who advance bluegrass music and bring it to new audiences, while preserving its character and heritage. Previous recipients include Rhonda Vincent, J. D. Crowe, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, and Del McCoury.
In presenting the award, Foundation President Alan Tompkins briefly highlighted some of the top achievements of this award-winning reso-guitarist, who has worked with superstars from Alison Krauss to J.D. Crowe, and currently sits atop the bluegrass world with his Earls of Leicester touring show.
“Jerry Douglas has had an incredible lifetime career in bluegrass music spanning the better part of five decades. He’s holds an incredible 14 GRAMMY awards, a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Musician Of The Year awards from the Country Music Association, and has been an Artist In Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.”
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