IBMA salutes 2019 Hall of Fame inductees:

Mike Auldridge, Bill Emerson, and The Kentucky Colonels!


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.

All Inductees

Award Criteria, Eligibility and Selection Process

Induction into the Hall of Fame is determined by a committee appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association. A nominating committee consisting of music industry leaders creates a slate of 10-15 candidates. From these names, a panel of the candidates’ peers in the music industry cast ballots to narrow the nominees to five finalists.

After the five finalists have been selected, the panel again votes to select the inductee(s) for that year. Formal induction takes place each year during the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show.


IBMA Awards Handbook
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