IBMA announces Momentum, Industry nominations
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IBMA announces Momentum, Industry nominations

Friday, August 5, 2022 – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for this year's IBMA Industry Awards and IBMA Momentum Awards, which will be presented during IBMA World of Bluegrass, Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

The Industry Awards recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Graphic Designer of the Year, Liner Notes of the Year, Writer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Nominees in each category are selected by a committees comprised of bluegrass music professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by an anonymous group of veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.

The 2022 IBMA Industry Awards nominees are:

Broadcaster of the Year
Cindy Baucom
Barb Heller
Chris Jones
Michelle Lee
Kris Truelsen

Event of the Year
2021 Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival, Celebrating 50 Years of Bluegrass Country Soul - Elon, N.C.
Crossover Festival Congleton - Cheshire, England, UK
Doc Watson: Celebrating a Life in Music - Banner Elk, N.C.
Industrial Strength Bluegrass Festival - Wilmington, Ohio
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival - Brunswick, Maine

Graphic Designer of the Year
Jonathan Carroll
Gina Dilg
Tim Frame
Grace van't Hof C
arla Wehby Liner Notes of the Year
Stacy Chandler Never Slow Down – The Po' Ramblin' Boys
Bob Minner From Sulfur Springs to Rising Fawn: The Songs of Norman Blake
Ted Olson Doc Watson: Life's Work: A Retrospective

Songwriter of the Year
Mark "Brink" Brinkman
Ronnie Bowman
Glen Duncan
Rick Lang
Jerry Salley

Sound Engineer of the Year
Dewey Boyd
Steve Chandler
Adam Engelhardt
Andy Lytle
Sean Sullivan

Writer of the Year
Craig Havighurst
Mark Hembree
Chris Jones
Akira Otsuka

The Momentum Awards recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who, in the early stages of their careers, are making significant contributions to or are having a significant influence upon bluegrass music. These contributions can be to bluegrass music in general, or to a specific sector of the industry. The Mentor Award, in contrast to the other Momentum Awards, recognizes a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry.

The 2022 IBMA Momentum Award nominees are:

Mentor Award
Louisa Branscomb
Matt Glaser
David Hollender
Kimber Ludiker
Scott Napier

Industry Involvement Award
David Benedict
Keith Billik
Mary Beth Martin
Lillian Werbin
Melanie Wilson

Vocalist of the Year
Victoria Grace
Crystal Lariza
Rebekka Nilsson
Caroline Owens
Zach Top

Instrumentalists of the Year (2 selected)
Harry Clark
Jake Eddy
Ben Garnett
Anthony Howell
George Jackson
Michael Prewitt
Samantha Snyder

Band of the Year
East Nash Grass
Full Cord
Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
AJ Lee & Blue Summit
Never Come Down

The IBMA Momentum Awards will take be Sept. 28 with the the IBMA Industry Awards a day later.

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