Bluegrass Award Winners 2022
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
Award Recipients Announced
Billy Strings received the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” Award for the second year in a row, along with “Song of the Year” honours, at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. Banjo was king this year as well, with Béla Fleck taking home awards for “Album of the Year”, “Instrumental Group of the Year”, “Instrumental Recording of the Year” and “Banjo Player of the Year.”
Dolly Parton’s recent recording of the gospel classic “In the Sweet By and By”, featured on the 2021 Country Faith Bluegrass album, won “Gospel Recording of the Year” and “Collaborative Recording of the Year” honours.
The Awards show, hosted by artists Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski, was held September 29 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Previously announced inductees into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – beloved multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Norman Blake, broadcast pioneer and recording artist Paul “Moon” Mullins and eclectic, influential singer-songwriter Peter Rowan – were honoured during the show.
The recipients of the 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Billy Strings
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Red Daisy” Billy Strings Written by Jarrod Walker/Christian Ward
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: My Bluegrass Heart. Béla Fleck
GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “In the Sweet By and By” Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker, and Jerry Salley
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “Vertigo”
Béla Fleck featuring Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Bryan Sutton
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Rick Faris
COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “In the Sweet By and By” Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker, and Jerry Salley
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
RESOPHONIC GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
The show was aired live on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel and was livestreamed on IBMA’s Facebook Live.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.
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Bluegrass Award Winners 2022