Comedian Steve Martin Wins Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year

It’s his first major award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Steve Martin is known worldwide for grinnin’, and now he can add award-winning pickin’.

The International Bluegrass Music Association bestowed its top honor, Entertainer of the Year, on Martin Thursday night (Sept. 29) at its annual awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

“First of all, I want to congratulate the other nominees, and thank them for losing,” Steve said, joking, when he started his acceptance speech, according to The Tennessean.

The longtime banjo player began recording bluegrass music a few years ago, and he has since told reporters that he knows fans would check out his music for the oddity of seeing a famous comedian try a new entertainment avenue. Martin told the audience last night that he's glad to be a conduit for introducing new fans to bluegrass.

“A lot of audiences that come to see us, or to see me . . . maybe they don’t know what bluegrass is, but I know that they all leave loving it.”

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