Lewis, McCoury tapped to host 2012 IBMA Awards show

IBMA has announced that Laurie Lewis and Del McCoury will be the hosts of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards show on September 27 in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The annual gala event features performances by the top artists in bluegrass music, along with the presentation of the industry’s highest honors, chosen in a three-round ballot by the IBMA’s professional membership.

Lewis was quick to embrace her role in the show.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to co-host the Awards Show with the great Del McCoury! I predict this will be a very significant and poignant event, as the bluegrass community comes together to recognize and honor its own, and to pay tribute to some of the pioneers we’ve lost this year, including the great Earl Scruggs.”

Del is likewise pleased to lend his presence to bluegrass’ big night.

“I was excited to be asked to host the IBMA Awards again. With World of Bluegrass moving to Raleigh next year, this might be the last Awards Show IBMA will hold at the Ryman Auditorium, at least for a few years. It’s a tremendous honor for me to be co-hosting with my old friend, Laurie Lewis. We haven’t had the opportunity to perform or record together much over the years, but she’s a great lady and I know we are going to have a lot of fun hosting the show.”

The second round of balloting is being conducted now, and the results will be revealed on August 15 when the nominees in more than 20 categories are announced.

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