Our online poll mirrors the official IBMA Awards Nominations, and while completely unofficial and just for fun, it has been fascinating to watch the level of interest in the poll, as well as follow the voting trends for the two weeks it has been open for voting. The poll will remain open until October 27 but only one vote per user is permitted.
We now have 59% of our registered users having cast a vote, up slightly from 53% last Friday, and we’ve seen a number of new trends in evidence since then.
Doyle Lawson and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have shot up in the rankings, spurred by some comments and voting from folks who participate in the online forum on Doyle’s web site. They show a commanding lead in the Vocal Group, Entertainer Of The Year and Gospel Recorded Performance categories, though Doyle’s fans seem to be splitting the vote between his two nominations in the Song Of The Year category.
We also see Rhonda Vincent & The Rage surging ahead in the past week, with the band moving up in Entertainer Of The Year, and both Rhonda in Female Vocalist and Hunter Berry in Fiddle Player starting to pull away from the pack.
Cherryholmes is still holding on to their lead in the Emerging Artist category, despite a move upward by The Grascals.
Most of the other categories have tightened up considerably, to be expected as the number of votes is increasing. One exception would be Recorded Event, where Tribute to Jimmy Martin: “The King of Bluegrass” is still outpacing the competition. That is also the only remaining category with a nominee that has not received a single vote as yet.
NOTE: Our Friday poll updates are open to comments, so please share your thoughts and analysis with us.