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
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
Grace van't Hof
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
Sound Engineer of the Year
Writer of the Year
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:
Industry Involvement Award
Mary Beth Martin
Vocalist of the Year
Instrumentalists of the Year (2 selected)
Band of the Year
East Nash Grass
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.