Performers and Presenters Announced for 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards


IBMA Awards logo: An oval surrounds the text IBMA Awards; above the words, in the oval, is a circle with an illustration of tuning pegs on the head of an instrument.The lineup of performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 27th International Bluegrass Music Awards, Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m./ET, has been announced. The Awards Show will be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium) in Raleigh, and will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.

This year’s Awards Show theme is Bluegrass on Screen and performers include all five Entertainer of the Year nominees: Balsam Range, The Del McCoury Band, The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, and The Gibson Brothers as well as show co-hosts Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski, along with The Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, and the Becky Buller Band.

Presenters include Dale Anne Bradley, Becky Buller, Kristy Cox, Chris “Critter” Eldridge, Mike Fleming, Leigh Gibson, Trey Hensley, Rob Ickes, Claire Lynch, Laurie Lewis, Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Russell Moore, Steven Mougin, Gary Nichols, Herb Pedersen, Sammy Shelor, Frank Solivan, Bryan Sutton, and Raleigh Mayor Nancy MacFarlane.

The Awards Show is the centerpiece of IBMA’s five-day World of Bluegrass event, brought to you by Chiesi USA, held September 27 – October 1 in Raleigh. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA, the trade association for the bluegrass music industry.

To purchase Awards Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration and tickets for Red Hat Amphitheater concerts, visit IBMA's website. A complete list of nominees as well as Hall of Fame inductees and recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can also be found on the IBMA website.

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