2022 IBMA Awards

by | 1 Oct, 2022

2022 World of Bluegrass

Bela Fleck wins four prestigious awards at 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards

Billy Strings received the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award for the second year in a row, along with Song of the Year honours, at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards Presented by Yamaha. Banjo was king this year as well, with Béla Fleck taking home awards for Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year, and Banjo Player of the Year.

Dolly Parton’s recent recording of the gospel classic In the Sweet By and By, featured on the 2021 Country Faith Bluegrass album, won Gospel Recording of the Year and Collaborative Recording of the Year honours.

The Awards show, hosted by artists Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski, was held September 29 at Raleigh, NC’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Previously announced inductees into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – beloved multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Norman Blake, broadcast pioneer and recording artist Paul Moon Mullins, and eclectic, influential singer-songwriter Peter Rowan – were honoured during the show.

Individual recipients of the 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards:

  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Molly Tuttle
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Del McCoury
  • Banjo Player of the Year: Béla Fleck
  • Bass Player of the Year: Jason Moore
  • Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year: Justin Moses
  • Fiddle Player of the Year: Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
  • Guitar Player of the Year: Cody Kilby
  • Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull


Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

The show was aired live on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel and was livestreamed on IBMA’s Facebook Live.

Awards sponsors include Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, BMI, Boston Bluegrass Union, Compass Records, Deering Banjo Company, Mountain Home Music Company, Recording Academy, Virginia is for Music Lovers, and VisitLex.

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.

Set amongst the backdrop of the Capitol, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has stood as a historic and cultural focal point in Downtown Raleigh since 1932. It has played host to Broadway classics, rock legends and major political figures while maintaining an emphasis on education of the arts and artists housed within Raleigh’s community. With four separate event spaces available, the breadth and depth of events past, present and future has made this Raleigh’s Premier Arts Venue.

For a full list of awards please visit our IBMA Awards Page.