2021 IBMA Bluegrass Music Award Recipients

Entertainer of the Year: Billy Strings

Album of the Year: Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy – Various Artists

Song of the Year: “Richest Man” – Balsam Range (artist), Jim Beavers/Jimmy Yeary/Connie Harrington (songwriters)

Vocal Group of the Year: Sister Sadie 

Instrumental Group of the Year: Appalachian Road Show 

New Artist of the Year: Appalachian Road Show


Awards Process

The IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards are determined by three rounds of voting by current IBMA professional members. Each awards category has its own criteria and guidelines clarifying who the recipients are. Understanding the eligibility, criteria, and selection process of our awards helps our voting members throughout the balloting process.

Nomination Process

Awards Categories

Selection Process

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