2020 Ballot Schedule

Dates TBD, please check back for details soon.

Note: The IBMA uses a third party for the balloting process to ensure fairness in awards voting. This balloting firm has to have membership information well in advance of each ballot. Therefore, we have set cut-off dates for memberships prior to ballots going out.


In the first round, each current Professional Member of the IBMA may nominate as many as five entries per category and subcategory on the ballot. The second round ballot contains the twenty highest-voted candidates from the first ballot in each category.


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The International Bluegrass Music Awards are given in several categories. Each category has its own criteria, and its own guidelines clarifying who the recipients are.

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Selection Process

The IBMA Board of Directors has developed and announced changes to the awards and the selection process for each. Please review carefully the IBMA Awards Handbook 2019, available on the Selection Process page.

Understanding the Selection Process helps our voting members throughout the balloting process.

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2019 Award Nominees

Click below to view the official IBMA press releases listing the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Award Nominees, Industry Awards Nominees and Momentum Awards Nominees.

2019 Awards Nominees

Reference List

Reference List submissions closed March 31st, 2019. A crowd-sourced Reference List is made available to voting members as they fill out the first, all write-in ballot.  The Reference List consists solely of the submissions made by IBMA members and the bluegrass community. (The IBMA staff/board does NOT gather information or contribute in any way to this list.)


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