The awards show will air January 18 at 8pm ET with a repeat viewing at 12am ET and feature performances from Sister Sadie, Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Special Consensus, tributes to Doc Watson & J.D. Crowe, and more.
Show includes induction ceremonies for the 2020 Bluegrass Hall of Fame Class: New Grass Revival, Johnson Mountain Boys, and J.T. Gray, Owner of Nashville’s World Famous Station Inn.
NASHVILLE, Jan 12, 2021 – The International Bluegrass Music Association will air the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Count On Me NC on Circle TV and affiliated platforms on January 18 at 8pm ET with a repeat viewing at 12am ET. Taped at the Ryman Auditorium with additional performances and presentations from across the United States, the show originally aired during IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass. The first-ever virtual format was met with critical acclaim and has been viewed by a record number of bluegrass fans.
In conjunction with this special event, Circle TV will host a night of bluegrass programming including two Grand Ole Opry shows with Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent and also Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings, and Molly Tuttle, as well as an episode of Opry Docs on Bill Monroe.
“The 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards not only will highlight the accomplishments of beloved bluegrass legends and trailblazers, but also will serve as another way for country music fans to engage with and enjoy an unforgettable night of music from the comfort of their own homes” said Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network general manager. “The Circle Network is honored to partner with the International Bluegrass Music Association to bring this event to our audience for the first time.”
This year’s IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Sierra Hull, Joe Newberry, Tim O’Brien and Rhonda Vincent, features performances and presentations by Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Kristin Scott Benson, Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt, Alison Brown, Mike Bub, Becky Buller, Sam Bush, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Katy Daley, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Gina Furtado, David Grier, Trey Hensley, Rob Ickes, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ned Luberecki, Del McCoury Band, Missy Raines, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Sister Sadie, Amanda Smith, Special Consensus, Billy Strings, Bryan Sutton, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Taj Mahal, The Travelin’ McCourys, Molly Tuttle, Scott Vestal, and Jake Workman. Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame induction ceremonies include presentations by Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Ronnie McCoury.
“We are so excited to partner with Circle TV to air this year’s IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. “This was our first-ever virtual awards show, and everyone is proud of the exceptional performances and memorable presentations to celebrate many of the very best in bluegrass music today and over its 75-year history. Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. We hope this show establishes the building blocks for a lasting partnership to help spread bluegrass music around the world in the years ahead.”
The 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards will broadcast on Circle and Gray TV stations and can also be seen on DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV, and other TV affiliates. Circle TV is also available on 275 million smartphones and tablets via the Roku Channel and XUMO apps in addition to a companion livestream on Circle All Access Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. More information can be found at www.circleallaccess.com/watch-circle.
About Circle Media, LLC
Circle Media, LLC is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee. IBMA World of Bluegrass 2021 will take place Sept 28 – Oct 2, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Press Info: Casey Campbell, IBMA