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Reigning Entertainer of the Year duo Dailey & Vincent lead all nominees for this year's International Bluegrass Music Association awards, slated for Sept. 30 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are nominated for the Entertainer trophy for a third time, and can boast nine other nominations, including Vocal Group, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "Elizabeth" from their tribute album Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers. Jamie received a nod for Male Vocalist of the Year, while Darrin got a nomination for Bass Player of the Year.
The IBMA press conference was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and included a performance by the Boxcars, featuring five-category nominee Michael Cleveland.
Award show hosts Jerry Douglas and Sharon and Cheryl White promised the show would be fun-filled. “I know too much about them,” quipped Jerry. Sharon chimed in, “We feel like Jerry is our brother 'cause we go so far back.”
Long-time WSM-AM announcer Eddie Stubbs announced that instrumentalist John Hartford, who died in 2001, and Earl Scruggs’ late wife, pioneering businesswoman Louise Scruggs (who died in 2006), will be inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Earl Scruggs and his family were in attendance for the announcement.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will be the second-most-nominated group at this year’s awards, claiming six nominations. Other top nominees include Sam Bush and The Grascals, who were each nominated in five categories. The Grascals' collaboration with Hank Williams Jr. on "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" is nominated for the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year.
For a full listing of all the nominees, visit ibma.org.