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BMI Pickers and Poets Dominate 2010 IBMA Awards

Posted in News on October 4, 2010

Dailey & Vincent took home their third consecutive Entertainer of the Year crown during the 21st Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, held Thursday, September 30, 2010, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The power-duo also earned Vocal Group and Album of the Year for Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, as well as Recorded Event of the Year for “Give This Message to Your Heart,” which they recorded with Larry Stephenson.

BMI virtuoso Michael Cleveland also enjoyed a big night, as he and his band Flamekeeper were named Instrumental Group of the Year, Cleveland earned an eighth Fiddle Player of the Year award and the band’s Marshall Wilborn walked away with his second consecutive Bass Player of the Year trophy.

Adam Steffey took home two of bluegrass’ most prestigious honors: Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Durang’s Hornpipe” and the Mandolin Player of the Year title. Perennial favorite Rob Ickes celebrated his jaw-dropping twelfth Dobro Player of the Year win, while The Grascals’ Kristin Scott Benson was honored as top Banjo Player for the third consecutive year. Josh Williams also earned two trophies: the Josh Williams Band was named Emerging Artist, while Williams himself was tapped as Guitar Player of the Year. The Gibson Brothers’ “Ring the Bell” was also saluted, both as Song and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

Male Vocalist of the Year went to Russell Moore, while his fellow BMI favorite Claire Lynch earned Female Vocalist of the Year.

Legendary BMI songwriter and influential banjo and fiddle player John Hartford was posthumously inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, as was the late Louise Scruggs, the wife of BMI pioneer Earl Scruggs. Mrs. Scruggs forged an unprecedented path as business manager of Flatt & Scruggs, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Earl Scruggs Family & Friends.

For more information, please visit ibma.org.

2010 IBMA Awards
BMI Winners

BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
John Hartford Louise Scruggs

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Dailey & Vincent

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dailey & Vincent

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Russell Moore

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Ring the Bell,” The Gibson Brothers (artists)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, Dailey & Vincent (artists), Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers), Cracker Barrel/Rounder

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Give This Message to Your Heart,” Larry Stephenson featuring Dailey & Vincent (artists), Larry Stephenson (co-producer), Whysper Dream

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
“Durang’s Hornpipe” by Adam Steffey (artist)

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
“Ring the Bell”, The Gibson Brothers (artists & producers), Compass Records

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Josh Williams Band

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR

BANJO
Kristin Scott Benson

BASS
Marshall Wilborn

FIDDLE
Michael Cleveland

DOBRO
Rob Ickes

GUITAR
Josh Williams

MANDOLIN
Adam Steffey

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
Benjamin F. “Tex” Logan
Lynn Morris

PRINT MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR
Dr. Ralph Stanley, co-author of Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times (Gotham)

LINER NOTES FOR RECORDED PROJECT
Appalachia Music from Home, Ralph Stanley, Robin & Linda Williams, Blue Highway & More (artists), Lonesome Records (label)

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR RECORDED PROJECT
Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, Cracker Barrel/Rounder (label)