The International Bluegrass Music Awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Since 1986, professional members of the IBMA have bestowed honors and awards on individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to the music.
The awards are presented annually at the The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show during the World of Bluegrass. The awards show is the biggest night on the bluegrass calendar, featuring outstanding performances by the best in bluegrass and once-in-a-lifetime moments, such as Tony Rice's indescribably poignant Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2013.
Almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry. The awards are distributed across five categories:
The awards roll of past recipients is both lengthy and rich in its scope. A visit through the list is an intriguing walk through the various shapes and forms of bluegrass music and artistry, as well as the furtive industry that has developed to maintain them.
Bluegrass Music’s top honor, of course, is a slot in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, house in the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY. Founded in 1991, the IBMA's Hall of Fame (initially name of "Hall of Honor") is the bluegrass music industry's tribute to the pioneers of the music and the people who have made it great.