2018 IBMA Winners

 Inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, Tom T. and Dixie Hall, previously announced.

Entertainer of the Year: Balsam Range

Vocal Group of the Year: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (this is the band’s 8th win in this category, with the last win in 2007)

Instrumental Group of the Year: The Travelin’ McCourys (the band’s first award, although members of the band have won many awards individually)

Song of the Year: If I’d Have Wrote That Song– Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (artist), Larry Cordle/Larry Shell/James Silvers (writers) (the band’s first award in this category)

Album of the Year: Rivers & Roads – Special Consensus (artist), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label) (the band’s first win in this category)

Gospel Recorded Event of the Year: Speakin’ to That Mountain – Becky Buller (artist), Becky Buller/Jeff Hyde (writers), Crepe Paper Heart(album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Dark Shadow Recording (label)

Instrumental Recorded Performance: Squirrel Hunters – Special Consensus with John Hartford, Rachel Baiman, Christian Sedelmyer, and Alison Brown(artist), Traditional arranged by Alison Brown/Special Consensus (writers), Rivers & Roads(album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

Emerging Artist of the Year: The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Recorded Event of the Year: Swept Away – Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle(artists), single release, Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Brooke Aldridge(her second win in this category, previously in 2017)

Male Vocalist of the Year: Buddy Melton (his second win in this category, previously in 2014)

Banjo Player of the Year: Ned Luberecki (his first win in this category)

Bass Player of the Year: Tim Surrett (his second win in this category, previously in 2015)

Dobro Player of the Year: Justin Moses(his first win in this category)

Fiddle Player of the Year: Michael Cleveland (his 11th win in this category, previously in 2015)

Guitar Player of the Year: Molly Tuttle (her second win in this category, previously in 2017)

Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull (her third win in this category, previously 2016 and 2017)

At the Special Awards Luncheon held earlier in the day, the recipients of the following awards were also announced:

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year: Steve Martin (Northern Kentucky-based host of Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass)

Bluegrass Event of the Year: Bluegrass on the Green– Frankfort, IL

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project: Craig Havighurst – The Story We Tell by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers & Peter Wernick – Carter Stanley’s Eyesby Peter Rowan

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project: Lou Everhart, A Heart Never Knows by The Price Sisters

Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year: Neil Rosenberg

Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year: Jerry Salley

Sound Engineer of the Year, (first year presented): Ben Surratt

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