2021 IBMA Awards Line Up

by | 14 Sep, 2021

IBMA Awards

IBMA has announced the 2021 IBMA Awards Line Up

The Infamous Stringdusters will host and perform at the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha. The awards will take place at Raleigh, NC’s Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts on Sept 30 at 7:30pm ET.

“Entertainer of the Year” nominees – The Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – will perform at this year’s show, as well as the reigning 2020 “Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” winner (and 2021 Vocal Group nominee): Sister Sadie. The show will also feature a performance by another nominee for “Vocal Group of the Year” – Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

The Stoneman Family, Lynn Morris, and Alison Krauss will be inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at this year’s show, and special pairings are also planned to honor this year’s inductees including performances by Donna and Roni Stoneman and a Lynn Morris tribute. Additionally, a special all-star performance is planned for the Awards show finale.

This show has been a pleasure to produce. I’ve been so impressed by how eager all of the IBMA team and the performers have been to pivot and create an entirely new live program paired with a strong virtual element. It’s a testament to how the people in the bluegrass community are focused on pulling together to make great live music that can be enjoyed in person or virtually – Brian McNamara, Awards Show producer.

We are so pleased to once again have a live IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards Show and have focused on delivering a safe return to live bluegrass at this year’s World of Bluegrass. It should prove to be a very exciting Awards show with the Infamous Stringdusters as our 2021 hosts, and we look forward to all of the performances and special Hall of Fame inductions – Pat Morris, IBMA executive director.

Grammy Award-winning quintet the Infamous Stringdusters comporises Andy Falco on guitar,  Chris Pandolfi on banjo, Andy Hall on Dobro], Jeremy Garrett on fiddle], and Travis Book on double bass. Each have musical influences that truly run the gamut, but their common denominator is certainly bluegrass. The sound that has in essence defined the course of their career. The recipient of numerous IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, the band’s most recent album, their 11th, is A Tribute to Bill Monroe, released on Americana Vibes.

We’ve had a close relationship with IBMA since the inception of the Infamous Stringdusters. In many ways, it’s where we got our start. And now we’re honored to be the host for this year’s Awards show – Infamous Stringdusters.

Tickets are available for this year’s Awards show here.

Proof of vaccination (without exceptions) and masks will be required for attendance at this year’s Awards show. For more information on the IBMA World of Bluegrass safety protocols, please visit the Health and Safety page on the IBMA World of Bluegrass website.

The audio for the show will air on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel, and livestream three ways: IBMA’s Facebook Live, YouTube, and via Swapcard, the official event platform for IBMA World of Bluegrass. Virtual passes for Swapcard, including a FREE Music Pass, are on sale now from this link.

Other Awards sponsors include: Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, BMI, Boston Bluegrass Union, Compass Records, Deering Banjo Company, D’Addario, Recording Academy, Ron & Nancy McFarlane

More info about IBMA World of Bluegrass:

IBMA World of Bluegrass is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 28-30; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 28-30 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards sponsored by Yamaha, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 30; and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, Oct. 1-2, a two-day festival that features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

Volunteer for IBMA Bluegrass Live! and other World of Bluegrass events: https://worldofbluegrass.org/participate/volunteer/

Learn more about accessibility efforts that are part of the whole World of Bluegrass here.

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.

Yamaha, the presenting sponsor of the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, began manufacturing classical guitars in the early 1940s, expanding to steel-string acoustic guitars by 1966, the year in which they began distributing guitars internationally. The master luthiers at the Yamaha Custom Shop, located in Los Angeles, CA, also design and build some of the world’s finest acoustic guitars for Yamaha artists.