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The Earls of Leicester win big at IBMAs

Friday, September 29, 2017 – The Earls of Leicester won the big award - Entertainer of the Year - at the IBMA awards on Thursday.

Other winners were:
Vocal Group of the Year: Flatt Lonesome
Instrumental Group of the Year: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Song of the Year: "I am a Drifter," Volume Five (written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi)
Album of the Year: Balsam Range, Mountain Voodoo
Female Vocalist of the Year: Brooke Aldridge
Male Vocalist of the Year: Shawn Camp
Emerging Artist of the Year: Volume Five
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: Gibson Brothers' "I Found a Church Today" and Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers' "Sacred Memories" (with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White) (tie)
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: Michael Cleveland, "Fiddler's Dream"
Recorded Event of the Year: "I've Gotta Get a Message to You," Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell
Banjo Player of the Year: Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers)
Bass Player of the Year: Alan Bartram (Del McCory Band)
Dobro Player of the Year: Josh Swift (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)

Fiddle Player of the Year: Patrick McAvinue
Guitar Player of the Year: Molly Tuttle
Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull

Tuttle became the first female to win the guitar award.

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