Noam recently received the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. This award has been created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music. It is hoped that by highlighting the extraordinary musicianship of these artists, that bluegrass, and bluegrass-related music will enjoy an increased appreciation world-wide.
The award is determined through a private process by a board consisting of Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Bela Fleck and Steve Martin. The award is funded personally by the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation.
Here is a clip of the two dueling it out: