Friday Update – If you haven’t already voted in our unofficial awards poll, we encourage you do so. The poll will remain open until Thursday Oct. 27 at noon. Please be sure to vote before then. Here is some analysis of the current results.
Currently 53% of our registered users have voted.
Recorded Event of the Year is the category with the strongest leading nominee. Tribute to Jimmy Martin: “The King of Bluegrass” currently has 52% of the vote in that category with it’s closest competitor, 40 by Larry Sparks, comfortably behind it at 27%.
While several categories have strong leading nominees, the only other category with a statistically significant lead is Dobro Player of the Year, where Rob Ickes holds a 18 point lead over Jerry Douglas.
Endless Line by Tim Stafford holds a 11 point lead in the Instrumental Album of the Year category.
The Del McCoury classic Rain Please Go Away, performed by Alison Krauss & Union Station, currently holds an 11 point lead in Song of the Year.
The tightest category is Instrumental Group of the Year, where Blue Highway and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder are currently tied evenly in the lead at 28% each.
The most interesting categories to me have been the Entertainer Of The Year and Emerging Artist Of The Year categories. The Cherryholmes family, who are newcomers to the IBMA awards, are making a strong showing and are currently leading both categories. This is a historic event as I don’t think an act has ever before been nominated for Emerging Artist and Entertainer in the same year. And I’m not sure anyone expected them to hold this strong in the Entertainer Of The Year category where they are maintaining a slender 2 point lead over The Del McCoury Band. In the Emerging Artist category their lead of 4 points, in front of The Grascals, is slightly stronger but in no way secure.
It will be interesting to see how all this plays out in the actual IBMA awards.
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