BLUEGRASS MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: Doyle Lawson and Ralph Rinzler
IBMA DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS: Byron Berline, Joe and Lil Cornett, Darrell Pee Wee Lambert, Kitsy Kuykendall, Orin Friesen.
2011 WINNERS LIST:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: The Gibson Brothers
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Blue Highway.
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Blue Highway.
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Russell Moore.
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Dale Ann Bradley.
SONG OF THE YEAR: A Far Cry From Lester & Earl by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, written by Tim Massey, Rick Purdue & Harry Sisk Jr.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Heart of a Song by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (artists), Wes Easter & Ramblers Choice (producers), Rebel Records (label).
GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Singing As We Rise by The Gibson Brothers (artists); Joe Newberry (songwriter); Eric Gibson, Mike Barber & Leigh Gibson (producers); Compass Records (label).
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Angeline The Baker by the Lonesome River Band (artists & producers), Rural Rhythm Records (label).
RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR: Life Goes On by Carl Jackson, Ronnie Bowman, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Rickey Wasson, Randy Kohrs, D.A. Adkins, Garnet Bowman, Lynn Butler, Ashley Kohrs, Gary Payne, Dale Pyatt, Clay Hess, Alan Bibey, Jay Weaver, Ron Stewart & Jim VanCleve (artists); Bob Kelley, Jack Campitelli & Darrel Adkins (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label).
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR:
- Banjo: Sammy Shelor
- Bass: Marshall Wilborn
- Fiddle: Stuart Duncan
- Dobro: Rob Ickes
- Guitar: Bryan Sutton
- Mandolin: Adam Steffey
BLUEGRASS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR: Kyle Cantrell, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Nashville TN.
BLUEGRASS EVENT OF THE YEAR: ROMP, produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, KY.
BLUEGRASS PRINT MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Marty Godbey, author of Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe (Univ. of Illinois Press).
BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR A RECORDED PROJECT: Bedrock Manufacturing (designer) for Nobody Knows You, by the Steep Canyon Rangers, Rounder Records (label).
BEST LINER NOTES FOR A RECORDED PROJECT: Marian Leighton Levy (liner notes), for Tony Rice: The Bill Monroe Collection, by Tony Rice Rounder Records (label).
In addition this year the following recognition was made in the form of momentum awards.
2012 MOMENTUM AWARDS:
Band of the Year: Monroeville.
Vocalist of the Year: Emily Bankester (performs with The Bankesters).
Instrumentalists of the Year:
- Basssist – Samson Grisman (son of legendary mandolinist David “Dawg” Grisman, performs with The Deadly Gentlemen)
- Fiddler – Alex Hargreaves (performs with Sarah Jarosz)
- Fiddler – Christian Ward (performs with Sierra Hull)
Event/Venue of the Year: Appalachian Uprising, produced by Steve Cielic (new festival in Scottown, Ohio).
Industry Achievement: Crash Avenue publicist Emilee Warner.
Mentor of the Year: Five-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year and producer Mike Bub.