Billy Strings, Béla Fleck, Molly Tuttle Win Big at Bluegrass Awards

With the re-formed Hurricane Ian bearing down on the Carolinas Thursday evening, forcing all of the festivities for the biggest gathering in bluegrass each year indoors, the International Bluegrass Music Association, or IBMA held their 33rd annual awards at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina, hosted by Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman.

The IBMAs don’t always draw as much national intrigue as they have done this year due to the rising swell of talent among the bluegrass ranks, namely Billy Strings who’s become one of the hottest things in all of music, and Molly Tuttle who is also setting the bluegrass world on fire with her band Golden Highway. Add on top of that the return of a bluegrass legend in Béla Fleck through his latest album My Bluegrass Heart, and you had one big evening.

Billy Strings won the biggest prize of them all in the IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year. He adds that to his win for Artist of the Year a couple of weeks ago at the Americana Music Awards. Strings also won Song of the Year for the track “Red Daisy” from his latest album Renewal. But it was Béla Fleck who walked away with the most awards, winning Album of the Year for My Bluegrass Heart, Instrumental Group of the Year, as well as Banjo Player of the Year.

Molly Tuttle also had a solid night. Along with being nominated for most of the major awards, she won for Female Vocalist of the Year, while her fiddle player for Golden Highway, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, won for Fiddle Player of the Year.

Dolly Parton, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, and Sierra Hull were also big winners, while Rick Faris walked away with New Artist of the Year. See the full results below.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

Billy Strings – WINNER
The Del McCoury Band
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Sister Sadie
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Balsam Range
Blue Highway
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – WINNER
Del McCoury Band
Sister Sadie

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Billy Strings
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart – WINNER
The Travelin’ McCourys
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Rick Faris – WINNER
Fireside Collective
Laura Orshaw
Jaelee Roberts
Tray Wellington

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Blink of an Eye” – Artist: Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass; Songwriter: Robert Amos
“Deep River” – Artist: Rick Faris; Songwriters: Rick Faris and Brink Brinkman
“I’ll Take the Lonesome Every Time” – Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Songwriters: Glen Duncan and Jerry Salley
“Red Daisy” – Artist: Billy Strings; Songwriters: Jarrod Walker and Christian Ward – WINNER
“Riding the Chief” – Artist: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers; Songwriters: Chris Jones and Thomm Jutz

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bluegrass Troubadour – Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Crooked Tree – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
My Bluegrass Heart – Béla Fleck – WINNER
Never Slow Down – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Renewal – Billy Strings

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“Blackbird” – Special Consensus with Amanda Smith, Dale Ann Bradley, Rob Ickes, and Alison Brown
“East Bound and Down” – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys featuring Jason Carter & Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
“Honky Tonk Nights” – Del McCoury Band featuring Vince Gill
“In the Sweet By and By” – Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker, and Jerry Salley – WINNER
“One By One” – Dale Ann Bradley with Danny Paisley

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Greg Blake
Rick Faris
Del McCoury – WINNER
Danny Paisley
Larry Sparks

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley
Sierra Hull
Molly Tuttle – WINNER
Rhonda Vincent

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gena Britt
Béla Fleck – WINNER
Rob McCoury
Kristin Scott Benson
Scott Vestal

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Mike Bub
Jason Moore – WINNER
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Vickie Vaughn

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – WINNER
Deanie Richardson

RESOPHONIC GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
Justin Moses – WINNER

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Billy Strings
Trey Hensley
Cody Kilby – WINNER
Bryan Sutton
Molly Tuttle

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alan Bibey
Jesse Brock
Sam Bush
Sierra Hull – WINNER
Ronnie McCoury


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