Grammy, Hall of Fame, IBMA Awards


Below are winners of the Bluegrass Grammy Award (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or NARAS) since its inception:

  • 1989 Bill Monroe “Southern Flavor” (MCA)
  • 1990 Bruce Hornsby for his performance of “The Valley Road” on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle be Unbroken, Vol. 2 album (MCA)
  • 1991 Alison Krauss “I’ve Got that Old Feeling” (Rounder)
  • 1992 Carl Jackson and John Starling “Spring Training” (Sugar Hill)
  • 1993 Alison Krauss and Union Station “Every Time You Say Goodbye” (Rounder)
  • 1994 Nashville Bluegrass Band “Waiting for the Hard Times to Go” (Sugar Hill)
  • 1995 Various Artists “The Great Dobro Sessions,” Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor, producers (Sugar Hill)
  • 1996 The Nashville Bluegrass Band “Unleashed” (Sugar Hill)
  • 1997 Various Artists “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe,” Todd Phillips, producer (Sugar Hill)
  • 1998 Alison Krauss and Union Station “So Long So Wrong” (Rounder)
  • 1999 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Bluegrass Rules!” (Rounder)
  • 2000 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Ancient Tones” (Skaggs Family)
  • 2001 Dolly Parton “The Grass is Blue” (Sugar Hill)
  • 2002 Alison Krauss and Union Station “New Favorite” (Rounder)
  • 2003 Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” (Dualtone)
  • 2004 Alison Krauss and Union Station “Live” (Rounder)
  • 2005 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Brand New Strings” (Skaggs Family)
  • 2006 The Del McCoury Band “The Company We Keep” (McCoury Music)
  • 2007 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Instrumentals” (Skaggs Family)
  • 2008 Jim Lauderdale “Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc)
  • 2009 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: A Tribute to 1946 and 1947” (Skaggs Family)
  • 2010 Steve Martin “The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo” (Rounder)
  • 2011 Patty Loveless “Mountain Soul II” (Saguaro Road)
  • 2012 Alison Krauss & Union Station “Paper Airplane” (Rounder)
  • 2013 Steep Canyon Rangers “Nobody Knows You” (Rounder)
  • 2014 The Del McCoury Band “The Streets of Baltimore” (McCoury Music)
  • 2015 The Earls of Leicester “The Earls of Leicester” (Rounder)
  • 2016 The Steeldrivers “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” (Rounder)
  • 2017 The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor “Coming Home” (Rounder)
  • 2018 (tie) The Infamous Stringdusters “Laws of Gravity” (Compass), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage “All the Rage-In Concert, Volume One” (Upper Management)
  • 2019 The Travelin’ McCourys “The Travelin’ McCoury’s” (McCoury Music)
  • 2020 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper “Tall Fiddler” (Compass)
  • 2021 Billy Strings “Home” (Rounder)
  • 2022 Bela Fleck “My Bluegrass Heart” (BMG)
  • 2023 Molly Tuttle “Crooked Tree” (Nonesuch)
  • 2024 Molly Tuttle “City of Gold” (Nonesuch)


Below is a list of artists and individuals who have been inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (formerly known as the “Hall of Honor”). Those in the “non-performing” category are noted with an asterisk (*).

Bill Monroe
Lester Flatt
Earl Scruggs
The Stanley Brothers
Don Reno and Red Smiley
Jim and Jesse McReynolds
Mac Wiseman
The Osborne Brothers
Jimmy Martin
The “Classic” Country Gentlemen
Peter V. Kuykendall*
Buck “Uncle Josh” Graves
Chubby Wise
Carlton Haney*
Kenny Baker
Doc Watson
Lance LeRoy*
The Carter Family
The Lilly Brothers
Dave Freeman*
J. D. Crowe
Curly Seckler
Bill Vernon*
Red Allen
Benny Martin
The Lewis Family
Syd Nathan*
Carl Story
Howard Watts (Cedric Rainwater)
Charles Wolfe*
Bill Clifton
The Dillards
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Louise Scruggs*
John Hartford
George Shuffler
Del McCoury
Doyle Lawson
Ralph Rinzler*
Paul Warren
Tony Rice
The Original Seldom Scene
Neil Rosenberg*
Larry Sparks
Bill Keith
Clarence White
Keith Case, Marian Leighton-Levy, Bill Nowlin*
Roland White
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Bobby Hicks
Ricky Skaggs
Tom T. and Dixie Hall
Paul Williams
Special Inductees on the Occasion of the Grand Re-opening of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, 2018
Vassar Clements
Mike Seeger
Allen Shelton
Jake Tullock
Joe Val
Terry Woodward*
Mike Auldridge
Bill Emerson
The Kentucky Colonels
Earl J.T. Gray*
The Johnson Mountain Boys
The New Grass Revival
Lynn Morris
The Stoneman Family
Peter Rowan
Paul “Moon” Mulllins*
Norman Blake
Sam Bush
David Grisman
Wilma Lee Cooper


Below are winners of the IBMA Awards in all of the musical performance categories since their inception. Other categories (Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Best Graphic Design, etc. can be found on the IBMA’s website.)

Entertainer of the Year

1990 Hot Rize
1991 Alison Krauss and Union Station
1992 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1993 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1994 The Del McCoury Band
1995 Alison Krauss and Union Station
1996 Del McCoury
1997 The Del McCoury Band
1998 The Del McCoury Band
1999 The Del McCoury Band
2000 The Del McCoury Band
2001 Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
2002 The Del McCoury Band
2003 The Del McCoury Band
2004 The Del McCoury Band
2005 Cherryholmes
2006 The Grascals
2007 The Grascals
2008 Dailey and Vincent
2009 Dailey and Vincent
2010 Dailey and Vincent
2011 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
2012 The Gibson Brothers
2013 The Gibson Brothers
2014 Balsam Range
2015 The Earls of Leicester
2016 The Earls of Leicester
2017 The Earls of Leicester
2018 Balsam Range
2019 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
2020 Sister Sadie
2021 Billy Strings
2022 Billy Strings
2023 Billy Strings

Vocal Group of the Year

1990 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1991 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1992 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1993 The Nashville Bluegrass Band
1994 Third Tyme Out
1995 Third Tyme Out
1996 Third Tyme Out
1997 Third Tyme Out
1998 Third Tyme Out
1999 Third Tyme Out
2000 Third Tyme Out
2001 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2002 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2003 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2004 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2005 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2006 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2007 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2008 Dailey and Vincent
2009 Dailey and Vincent
2010 Dailey and Vincent
2011 The Gibson Brothers
2012 Blue Highway
2013 The Gibson Brothers
2014 Balsam Range
2015 Balsam Range
2016 Flatt Lonesome
2017 Flatt Lonesome
2018 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2019 Sister Sadie
2020 Sister Sadie
2021 Sister Sadie
2022 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
2023 Authentic Unlimited

Instrumental Group of the Year

1990 The Bluegrass Album Band
1991 The Tony Rice Unit
1992 California
1993 California
1994 California
1995 The Tony Rice Unit
1996 The Del McCoury Band
1997 The Del McCoury Band
1998 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
1999 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2000 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2001 Nickel Creek
2002 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2003 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2004 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2005 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2006 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
2007 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
2008 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2009 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2010 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2011 The Boxcars
2012 The Boxcars
2013 The Boxcars
2014 Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
2015 The Earls of Leicester
2016 Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
2017 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2018 The Traveling McCourys
2019 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2020 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2021 Appalachian Road Show
2022 Bela Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart
2023 The Travelin’ McCourys

Female Vocalist of the Year

1990 Alison Krauss
1991 Alison Krauss
1992 Laurie Lewis
1993 Alison Krauss
1994 Laurie Lewis
1995 Alison Krauss
1996 Lynn Morris
1997 Claire Lynch
1998 Lynn Morris
1999 Lynn Morris
2000 Rhonda Vincent
2001 Rhonda Vincent
2002 Rhonda Vincent
2003 Rhonda Vincent
2004 Rhonda Vincent
2005 Rhonda Vincent
2006 Rhonda Vincent
2007 Dale Ann Bradley
2008 Dale Ann Bradley
2009 Dale Ann Bradley
2010 Claire Lynch
2011 Dale Ann Bradley
2012 Dale Ann Bradley
2013 Claire Lynch
2014 Amanda Smith
2015 Rhonda Vincent
2016 Becky Buller
2017 Brooke Aldridge
2018 Brooke Aldridge
2019 Brooke Aldridge
2020 Brooke Aldridge
2021 Dale Ann Bradley
2022 Molly Tuttle
2023 Molly Tuttle

Male Vocalist of the Year

1990 Del McCoury
1991 Del McCoury
1992 Del McCoury
1993 Tim O’Brien
1994 Russell Moore
1995 Ronnie Bowman
1996 Del McCoury
1997 Russell Moore
1998 Ronnie Bowman
1999 Ronnie Bowman
2000 Dudley Connell
2001 Dan Tyminski
2002 Dan Tyminski
2003 Dan Tyminski
2004 Larry Sparks
2005 Larry Sparks
2006 Tim O’Brien
2007 Bradley Walker
2008 Jamie Dailey
2009 Dan Tyminski
2010 Russell Moore
2011 Russell Moore
2012 Russell Moore
2013 Junior Sisk
2014 Buddy Melton
2015 Shawn Camp
2016 Danny Paisley
2017 Shawn Camp
2018 Buddy Melton
2019 Russell Moore
2020 Danny Paisley
2021 (tie) Del McCoury, Danny Paisley
2022 Del McCoury
2023 Greg Blake

Song of the Year

1990 “Little Mountain Church House” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Jim Rushing & Carl Jackson (writers)
1991 “Colleen Malone” – Hot Rize (artists), Pete Goble & Leroy Drumm (writers)
1992 “Blue Train” – Nashville Bluegrass Band (artists), Dave Allen (writer)
1993 “Lonesome Standard Time” – Lonesome Standard Time (artists), Larry Cordle & Jim Rushing (writers)
1994 “Who Will Watch the Home Place” – Laurie Lewis (artist), Kate Long (writer)
1995 “Cold Virginia Night” – Ronnie Bowman (artist), Timmy Massey (writer)
1996 “Mama’s Hand” – Lynn Morris (artist), Hazel Dickens (writer)
1997 “High Lonesome Sound” – Vince Gill with Alison Krauss & Union Station (artists), Vince Gill (writer)
1998 “Lonesome Old Home” – Longview (artists), Ed Hamilton (writer)
1999 “Three Rusty Nails” – Ronnie Bowman (artist); Ronnie Bowman, Terry Campbell & Jerry Nettuno (writers)
2000 “Murder on Music Row” – Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time (artists), Larry Cordle & Larry Shell (writers)
2001 “Man of Constant Sorrow” – The Soggy Bottom Boys, featuring Dan Tyminski (artists); Dick Burnett (writer), Carter Stanley (arrangement)
2002 “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” – The Del McCoury Band (artists), Richard Thompson (writer)
2003 “Blue Train” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), John D. Loudermilk (writer)
2004 “Kentucky Borderline” – Rhonda Vincent (artist), Rhonda Vincent & Terry Herd (writers)
2005 “Me and John and Paul” – The Grascals (artists), Harley Allen (songwriter)
2006 “Look Down that Lonesome Road” – Tim O’Brien (artist & writer)
2007 “Fork in the Road” – The Infamous Stringdusters (artists), Chris Jones & John Pennell (writers)
2008 “Through the Window of a Train” – Blue Highway (artists), Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley (writers)
2009 “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (artists), Chris Stuart & Ivan Rosenberg (writers)
2010 “Ring the Bell” – The Gibson Brothers (artists), Chet O’Keefe (writer)
2011 “Trains I Missed” – Balsam Range (artists), Walt Wilkins, Gilles Godard & Nicole Witt (writers)
2012 “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl” – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (artists), Tim Massey, Rick Pardue & Harry Sisk Jr. (writers)
2013 “They Called It Music” – The Gibson Brothers (artists), Eric Gibson & Joe Newberry (writers)
2014 “Dear Sister” – Claire Lynch (artist), Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb (writers)
2015 “Moon Over Memphis” – Balsam Range (artist), Mark W. Winchester (writer)
2016 “You’re the One” – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Dwight Yoakam (writer)
2017 “I Am a Drifter” – Volume Five (artist), Donna Ulisse (writer)
2018 “If I’d Have Wrote That Song” – Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (artist), Larry Cordle, Larry Shell and James Silvers (writers)
2019 “Thunder Dan” – Sideline (artist), Josh Manning (writer)
2020 “Chicago Barn Dance” – Special Consensus (artist), Becky Buller, Missy Raines and Alison Brown (writers)
2021 “Richest Man” – Balsam Range (artist), Jim Beavers, Jimmy Yeary, Connie Harrington (writers)
2022 “Red Daisy” – Billy Strings (artist), Jarrod Walker, Christian Ward (writers)
2023 “Crooked Tree” – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway (artist), Molly Tuttle & Melody Walker (writers)

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (album or song)

1995 Front Range “One Beautiful Day” (album on Sugar Hill)
1996 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “There’s a Light Guiding Me” (album on Sugar Hill)
1997 Blue Highway “God Moves in a Windstorm” (from “Wind to the West” album on Rounder)
1998 Various Artists “The Stanley Gospel Tradition” (album on Doobie Shea Records)
1999 Ronnie Bowman “Three Rusty Nails” (from “The Man I’m Tryin’ to Be” album on Sugar Hill)
2000 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “Winding Through Life” (album on Sugar Hill)
2001 Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch “I’ll Fly Away” (from “O Brother Where Art Thou” album on Universal South)
2002 Mountain Heart “The Journey” (album on Doobie Shea Records)
2003 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “The Hand Made Cross” (from “The Hard Game of Love” album on Sugar Hill)
2004 Blue Highway “Wondrous Love” (album on Rounder)
2005 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “Praise His Name” (from “School of Bluegrass” album on Crossroads Records)
2006 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “He Lives in Me” (album on Horizon Records)
2007 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “He Lives in Me” (from “He Lives in Me” album on Horizon Records)
2008 Dailey and Vincent “By the Mark” (from “Dailey & Vincent” on Rounder)
2009 Dailey and Vincent “On the Other Side” (from “Dailey & Vincent” on Rounder)
2010 The Gibson Brothers “Ring the Bell” (from “Ring the Bell” album on Compass Records)
2011 J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams “Prayer Bells of Heaven” (from “Old Friends Get Together” album on Mountain Home Records)
2012 The Gibson Brothers “Singing As We Rise” (from “Help My Brother” album on Compass Records)
2013 Marty Raybon “Beulah Land” (from “Southern Roots and Branches” album on Rural Rhythm Records)
2014 Dailey and Vincent “Won’t It Be Wonderful There” (from “Brothers of the Highway” album on Rounder Records)
2015 The Earls of Leicester “Who Will Sing for Me” (from “The Earls of Leicester” album on Rounder Records)
2016 Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers “All Dressed Up” (from “Sacred Memories” album on Rebel Records)
2017 (tie) The Gibson Brothers “I Found a Church Today” (from “In the Ground” album on Rounder Records) and “Sacred Memories” (from “Sacred Memories” album on Rebel Records.)
2018 Becky Buller “Speaking to that Mountain” (from “Crepe Paper Heart” album on Dark Shadow Records)
2019 Claire Lynch “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout” (title song from “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout” album featuring various artists on Billy Blue Records)
2020 Alan Bibey & Grasstowne “Gonna Rise and Shine” (from “Gonna Rise and Shine” on Mountain Fever Records)
2021 (tie) “After While” – Dale Ann Bradley (from “Things She Couldn’t Get Over” album on Pinecastle Records); and “In the Resurrection Morning” – by Sacred Reunion featuring Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, Barry Abernathy, Tim Stafford, Mark Wheeler, Jim VanCleve, Phil Leadbetter, and Jason Moore (single/Billy Blue Records)
2022 Dolly Parton “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” (from “Country Faith Bluegrass” album on Billy Blue Records)
2023 Larry Sparks “The Scarlet Red Lines” from “It’s Just Me” album (Rebel)

Album of the Year

1990 The Johnson Mountain Boys “At the Old Schoolhouse” (Rounder)
1991 Alison Krauss “I’ve Got That Old Feeling” (Rounder)
1992 The Lonesome River Band “Carrying the Tradition” (Rebel)
1993 Alison Krauss and Union Station “Every Time You Say Goodbye” (Rounder)
1994 Del McCoury “A Deeper Shade of Blue” (Rounder)
1995 Ronnie Bowman “Cold Virginia Night” (Rebel)
1996 Blue Highway “It’s a Long Long Road” (Rebel)
1997 Various Artists “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe” (Sugar Hill)
1998 Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Bluegrass Rules” (Rounder)
1999 Ralph Stanley and Friends “Clinch Mountain Country” (Rebel)
2000 Dolly Parton “The Grass is Blue” (Sugar Hill)
2001 Various Artists “O Brother Where Art Thou” (Universal Music Group)
2002 Various Artists “Down from the Mountain” (Rounder)
2003 Alison Krauss and Union Station “Live” (Rounder)
2004 The Del McCoury Band “It’s Just the Night” (McCoury Music)
2005 Larry Sparks “40” (Rebel)
2006 Various Artists “Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer” (Skaggs Family)
2007 (tie) J. D. Crowe and the New South “Lefty’s Old Guitar” (Rounder) and The Infamous Stringdusters “Fork in the Road” (Rebel).
2008 Dailey and Vincent “Dailey and Vincent” (Rounder)
2009 The Dan Tyminski Band “Wheels” (Rounder)
2010 Dailey and Vincent “Sing the Statler Brothers” (Cracker Barrel/Rounder)
2011 The Gibson Brothers “Help My Brother” (Compass)
2012 Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice “The Heart of a Song” (Rebel)
2013 Balsam Range “Papertown” (Mountain Home)
2014 Noam Pikelny “Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe (Compass)
2015 The Earls of Leicester “The Earls of Leicester” (Rounder)
2016 Flatt Lonesome “Runaway Train” (Mountain Home)
2017 Balsam Range “Mountain Voodoo” (Mountain Home)
2018 Special Consensus “Rivers and Roads” (Compass)
2019 Del McCoury Band “Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass” (McCoury Music)
2020 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver “Live in Prague: Czech Republic” (Mountain Home)
2021 Various Artists “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways)
2022 Bela Fleck “My Bluegrass Heart” (BMG)
2023 Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway “Crooked Tree”

Instrumental Recording of the Year

1990 Eddie Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Jesse McReynolds “The Masters” (CMH)
1991 Norman Blake and Tony Rice “2” (Rounder)
1992 Jerry Douglas “Slide Rule” (Sugar Hill)
1993 Stuart Duncan “Stuart Duncan” (Rounder)
1994 Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg and Edgar Meyer “Skip, Hop and Wobble” (Sugar Hill)
1995 Jerry Douglas, et al “The Great Dobro Sessions” (Sugar Hill)
1996 Ronnie and Rob McCoury “Ronnie and Rob McCoury.” (Rounder)
1997 The Bluegrass Album Band “Bluegrass Instrumentals, Volume 6” (Rounder)
1998 Bobby Hicks “Fiddle Patch” (Sugar Hill)
1999 Jim Mills “Bound to Ride” (Sugar Hill)
2000 David Grisman, Ronnie McCoury, et al, “Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza” (Acoustic Disc)
2001 Various Artists “Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions” (Rebel)
2002 Michael Cleveland “Flame Keeper” (Rounder)
2003 Aubrey Haynie “The Bluegrass Fiddle Album” (Sugar Hill)
2004 Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland “Live at the Ragged Edge” (Rounder)
2005 Phil Leadbetter “Slide Effects” (Pinecastle)
2006 Michael Cleveland “Let ‘Er Go, Boys!” (Rounder)
2007 Tony Trischka “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular” (Rounder)
2008 Andy Hall “Sounds of the Slide Guitar” (Sugar Hill)
2009 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper “Jerusalem Ridge” (from “Leavin’ Town” album on Rounder)*
2010 Adam Steffey “Durang’s Hornpipe” (from “One More for the Road” album on Sugar Hill)
2011 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper “Going Up Dry Branch” (from “Fired Up” album on Rounder)
2012 The Lonesome River Band “Angeline the Baker” (from the album “Life Goes On” by Various Artists on Rural Rhythm)
2013 Tom Adams “Foggy Mountain Special” (from Various Artists “Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs” on Rounder)
2014 Special Consensus “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” (from “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver” album on Compass Records)
2015 Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes “The Three Bells” (on “The Three Bells” album on Sugar Hill Records).
2016 Special Consensus with Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown “Fireball” (from “Long I Ride” album on Compass Records)
2017 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper “Fiddler’s Dream” (from “Fiddler’s Dream” album on Compass Records)
2018 Special Consensus “Squirrel Hunters” (from “Rivers and Roads” album on Compass Records)
2019 Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips “Darlin’ Pal of Mine” (Compass Records)
2020 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper with Tommy Emmanuel “Tall Fiddler” (from “Tall Fiddler” album on Compass Records)
2021 Various Artists (Kristin Scott Benson, Skip Cherryholmes, Jeremy Garrett, Keven Kehrberg, Darren Nicholson) “Ground Speed” (Mountain Home Records)
2022 Bela Fleck “Vertigo” (from “My Bluegrass Heart” album on BMG Records)
2023 Jason Carter “Kissimmee Kid” from his “Lowdown Hoedown” album

*In 2009, the category changed from “Instrumental Album” to “Instrumental Recorded Performance.” In 2019, the category was changed to “Instrumental Recording.”

Collaborative Recording of the Year (formerly “Recorded Event of the Year”)

1990 Duffey, Waller, Adcock and Gray “Classic Country Gents Reunion” (Rebel)
1991 Parmley and McCoury “Families of Tradition” (BGC)
1992 Jerry Douglas “Slide Rule” (Sugar Hill)
1993 Ralph Stanley “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” (Freeland)
1994 Larry Perkins “A Touch of the Past” (Pinecastle)
1995 Jerry Douglas, et al “The Great Dobro Sessions” (Sugar Hill)
1996 Scott Vestal, Aubrey Haynie, Adam Steffey, Wayne Benson, Barry Bales and Clay Jones “Bluegrass 95” (Pinecastle)
1997 Various Artists “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe” (Sugar Hill)
1998 Longview “Longview” (Rounder)
1999 Ralph Stanley and Friends “Clinch Mountain Country” (Rebel)
2000 David Grisman, Ronnie McCoury, et al, “Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza” (Acoustic Disc)
2001 Mark Newton and Friends “Follow Me Back to the Fold” (Rebel)
2002 Ralph Stanley & Friends “Clinch Mountain Sweethearts” (Rebel)
2003 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (and special guests) “Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3”
2004 Various Artists “Livin’ Lovin’ Losin: The Songs of the Louvin Brothers”
2005 Larry Sparks “40”
2006 The Daughters of Bluegrass “Back to the Well”
2007 Tony Trischka and Special Guests “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular”
2008 Everett Lilly and Special Guests “Everett Lilly and Everybody and Their Brother”
2009 The Daughters of Bluegrass “Proud to Be a Daughter of Bluegrass”*
2010 Larry Stephenson with Dailey and Vincent “Give This Message to Your Heart”
2011 J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams “Prayer Bells of Heaven”
2012 Musicians Against Childhood Cancer “Life Goes On”
2013 Terry Baucom (with Sam Bush and Buddy Melton) “What’ll I Do?”
2014 Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes “Wild Montana Skies”
2015 Becky Buller with former Blue Grass Boys “Southern Flavor”
2016 Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman “Longneck Blues” (from “Poor Boys Pleasure” album on Mountain Fever Records)
2017 Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” (from “Original” album on Compass Records)
2018 Missy Raines with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Molly Tuttle and Kristin Scott Benson “Swept Away” (single, Compass Records).
2019 Joe Mullins and Del McCoury “The Guitar Song” (from “For the Record” album by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers on Billy Blue Records)
2020 Becky Buller with Shawn Camp, Jason Carter, Laurie Lewis, Kati Penn, Sam Bush, Michael Cleveland, Johnny Warren, Stuart Duncan, Deanie Richardson, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Jason Barie, Fred Carpenter, Tyler Andal, Nate Lee, Dan Boner, Brian Christianson, and Laura Orshaw “The Barber’s Fiddle” (Dark Shadow)
2021 Bobby Osborne with Tim O’Brien, Trey Hensley, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips and Alison Brown “White Line Fever” (Compass Records)
2022 Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” (Billy Blue)
2023 Special Consensus with Patrick Sauber, Ray Legere, John Reischman, Trisha Gagnon, Claire Lynch, Pharis & Jason Romero “Alberta Bound” from “Great Blue North” album (Compass)

*Note: In 2019, this category was changed from “Recorded Event of the Year” to “Collaborative Recording of the Year.” In 2009, this category changed from albums to songs.

New Artist of the Year

1994 Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina
1995 David Parmley, Scott Vestal and Continental Divide
1996 Blue Highway
1997 The James King Band
1998 The Gibson Brothers
1999 Mountain Heart
2000 Nickel Creek
2001 Karl Shiflett and Big Country
2002 The Chapmans
2003 Kenny and Amanda Smith
2004 King Wilkie
2005 The Grascals
2006 The Steep Canyon Rangers
2007 The Infamous Stringdusters
2008 Dailey and Vincent
2009 The Steeldrivers
2010 The Josh Williams Band
2011 The Boxcars
2012 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
2013 Della Mae
2014 Flatt Lonesome
2015 Becky Buller
2016 Mountain Faith
2017 Volume Five
2018 Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
2019 Billy Strings
2020 Mile Twelve
2021 Appalachian Road Show
2022 Rick Faris
2023 Authentic Unlimited

*Note: In 2019, this category was changed from “Emerging Artist of the Year” to “New Artist of the Year.”

Banjo Player of the Year

1990 Bela Fleck
1991 Alison Brown
1992 Tom Adams
1993 Tom Adams
1994 J.D. Crowe
1995 Sammy Shelor
1996 Sammy Shelor/Scott Vestal (tie)
1997 Sammy Shelor
1998 Sammy Shelor
1999 Jim Mills
2000 Jim Mills
2001 Jim Mills
2002 Tom Adams
2003 Jim Mills
2004 J. D. Crowe
2005 Jim Mills
2006 Jim Mills
2007 Tony Trischka
2008 Kristin Scott Benson
2009 Kristin Scott Benson
2010 Kristin Scott Benson
2011 Kristin Scott Benson/Ronnie Stewart (tie)
2012 Sammy Shelor
2013 Michael Munford
2014 Noam Pikelny
2015 Rob McCoury
2016 Charlie Cushman
2017 Noam Pikelny
2018 Ned Luberecki
2019 Kristin Scott Benson
2020 Scott Vestal
2021 Scott Vestal
2022 Bela Fleck
2023 Kristin Scott Benson

Guitar Player of the Year

1990 Tony Rice
1991 Tony Rice
1992 David Grier
1993 David Grier
1994 Tony Rice
1995 David Grier
1996 David Grier
1997 Tony Rice
1998 Kenny Smith
1999 Kenny Smith
2000 Bryan Sutton
2001 Jim Hurst
2002 Jim Hurst
2003 Bryan Sutton
2004 Bryan Sutton
2005 Bryan Sutton
2006 Bryan Sutton
2007 Tony Rice
2008 Josh Williams
2009 Josh Williams
2010 Josh Williams
2011 Bryan Sutton
2012 Doc Watson (posthumously)
2013 Bryan Sutton
2014 Bryan Sutton
2015 Bryan Sutton
2016 Bryan Sutton
2017 Molly Tuttle
2018 Molly Tuttle
2019 Billy Strings
2020 Jake Workman
2021 Billy Strings
2022 Cody Kilby
2023 Trey Hensley

Mandolin Player of the Year

1990 Sam Bush
1991 Sam Bush
1992 Sam Bush
1993 Ronnie McCoury
1994 Ronnie McCoury
1995 Ronnie McCoury
1996 Ronnie McCoury
1997 Ronnie McCoury
1998 Ronnie McCoury
1999 Ronnie McCoury
2000 Ronnie McCoury
2001 Chris Thile
2002 Adam Steffey
2003 Adam Steffey
2004 Adam Steffey
2005 Adam Steffey
2006 Adam Steffey
2007 Sam Bush
2008 Adam Steffey
2009 Jesse Brock
2010 Adam Steffey
2011 Adam Steffey
2012 Adam Steffey
2013 Adam Steffey
2014 Adam Steffey
2015 Jesse Brock
2016 Sierra Hull
2017 Sierra Hull
2018 Sierra Hull
2019 Alan Bibey
2020 Alan Bibey
2021 Sierra Hull
2022 Sierra Hull
2023 Sierra Hull

Fiddle Player of the Year

1990 Stuart Duncan
1991 Stuart Duncan
1992 Stuart Duncan
1993 Stuart Duncan
1994 Stuart Duncan
1995 Stuart Duncan
1996 Stuart Duncan
1997 Jason Carter
1998 Jason Carter
1999 Randy Howard
2000 Ronnie Stewart
2001 Michael Cleveland
2002 Michael Cleveland
2003 Jason Carter
2004 Michael Cleveland
2005 Stuart Duncan
2006 Michael Cleveland
2007 Michael Cleveland
2008 Michael Cleveland
2009 Michael Cleveland
2010 Michael Cleveland
2011 Michael Cleveland
2012 Stuart Duncan
2013 Jason Carter
2014 Jason Carter
2015 Michael Cleveland
2016 Becky Buller
2017 Patrick McAvinue
2018 Michael Cleveland
2019 Michael Cleveland
2020 Deanie Richardson
2021 Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
2022 Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
2023 Jason Carter

Bass Player of the Year

1990 Roy Huskey, Jr.
1991 Roy Huskey, Jr.
1992 Roy Huskey, Jr.
1993 Roy Huskey, Jr.
1994 Mark Schatz
1995 Mark Schatz
1996 Mike Bub
1997 Mike Bub
1998 Missy Raines
1999 Missy Raines
2000 Missy Raines
2001 Missy Raines
2002 Mike Bub
2003 Mike Bub
2004 Missy Raines
2005 Mike Bub
2006 Missy Raines
2007 Missy Raines
2008 Barry Bales
2009 Marshall Wilborn
2010 Marshall Wilborn
2011 Marshall Wilborn
2012 Marshall Wilborn
2013 Barry Bales
2014 Barry Bales
2015 Tim Surrett
2016 Barry Bales
2017 Alan Bartram
2018 Tim Surrett
2019 Missy Raines
2020 Missy Raines
2021 Missy Raines
2022 Jason Moore
2023 Vickie Vaughn

Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year

1990 Jerry Douglas
1991 Jerry Douglas
1992 Jerry Douglas
1993 Jerry Douglas
1994 Jerry Douglas
1995 Jerry Douglas
1996 Rob Ickes
1997 Rob Ickes
1998 Rob Ickes
1999 Rob Ickes
2000 Rob Ickes
2001 Jerry Douglas
2002 Jerry Douglas
2003 Rob Ickes
2004 Rob Ickes
2005 Phil Leadbetter
2006 Rob Ickes
2007 Rob Ickes
2008 Rob Ickes
2009 Rob Ickes
2010 Rob Ickes
2011 Rob Ickes
2012 Rob Ickes
2013 Rob Ickes
2014 Phil Leadbetter
2015 Jerry Douglas
2016 Jerry Douglas
2017 Josh Swift
2018 Justin Moses
2019 Phil Leadbetter
2020 Justin Moses
2021 Justin Moses
2022 Justin Moses
2023 Justin Moses

*Note: In 2019, this category was changed from “Dobro Player of the Year” to “Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year.”

IBMA MOMENTUM AWARDS (musicians only)

Band of the Year

2012 Monroeville
2013 Town Mountain
2014 The Barefoot Movement
2015 The Lonely Heartstrings Band
2016 The Lil’ Smokies
2017 Mile Twelve
2018 The Trailblazers
2019 Cane Mill Road
2020 The Slocan Ramblers
2021 The Stillhouse Junkies
2022 Full Cord
2023 Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band

Vocalist of the Year

2012 Emily Bankester (performing with The Bankesters)
2013 Robert Greer (performing with Town Mountain)
2014 Jesse Gregory (performing with Jesse Gregory and Faultline)
2015 Summer McMahon (performing with Mountain Faith)
2016 Melody Walker (performing with Front Country)
2017 Jesse Smathers (performing with The Lonesome River Band)
2018 Daniel Thrailkill (performing with the Trailblazers)
2019 A.J. Lee (performing with A.J. Lee and Blue Summit)
2020 Melody Williamson (performing with Williamson Branch)
2021 Jaelee Roberts
2022 Rebekkah Nillson (performing with Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra)
2023 Carley Arrowood-Thrailkill

Instrumentalists of the Year

2012 Samson Grisman (mandolin, performing with The Deadly Gentlemen); Alex Hargreaves (fiddle, performing with Sarah Jarosz); Christian Ward (fiddle, performing with Sierra Hull)
2013 Chris Luquette (guitar, performing with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen)
2014 Dominick Leslie (mandolin, performing with the Infamous Stringdusters), Jake Stargell (guitar, performing with Mountain Heart), Cory Walker (banjo, performing with Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs)
2015 Annie Staniner (fiddle, performing with the Kathy Kallick Band), Nate Lee (fiddle) and Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, performing with Audie Blaylock, Charm City Junction)
2016 Billy Strings (guitar), Molly Tuttle (guitar, banjo), Jake Workman (banjo, guitar, mandolin)
2017 Carley Arrowood (fiddle), Casey Campbell (mandolin), Tristan Scroggins (mandolin, guitar)
2018 Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), David Benedict (mandolin), Aynsley Porchak (fiddle).
2019 Daniel Amick (mandolin), Tray Wellington (banjo).
2020 Thomas Cassell (mandolin), Tabitha Agnew (banjo)
2021 Maddie Denton (fiddle), Julian Pinelli (fiddle)
2022 George Jackson (fiddle), Harry Clark (mandolin)
2023 Maddie Dalton (bass), Gaven Largent (resophonic guitar)


This award is given annually by comedian/actor Steve Martin. It is accompanied by a check for $50,000 and some notoriety as well. In the early years of the award, Martin made the award presentation on the “Late Night with David Letterman” CBS-TV show.

  • 2010 Noam Pikelny
  • 2011 Sammy Shelor
  • 2012 Mark Johnson
  • 2013 Jens Kruger
  • 2014 Eddie Adcock
  • 2015 Danny Barnes
  • 2016 Rhiannon Giddens
  • 2017 Scott Vestal
  • 2018 Kristin Scott Benson
  • 2019 Victor Furtado

In 2020, the award was renamed “The Steve Martin Banjo Prize” in partnership with FreshGrass and Compass Music, and awarded to banjo players representing various styles of banjo playing:

  • 2020 Catherin “BB” Bowness
  • 2020 Jake Blount
  • 2020 Matthew Davis
  • 2020 Buddy Wachter
  • 2020 Gerry O’Connor
  • 2021 Alan Munde
  • 2021 Don Vappie
  • 2022 Bill Evans
  • 2022 Enda Scahill
  • 2023 Cynthia Sayer
  • 2023 Terry Baucom