Winners of the 2016 IBMA Bluegrass Awards


The Earls of Leicester and Flatt Lonesome were the big winners at the 2016 installment of the International Bluegrass Music Association or IBMA Awards held during the World of Bluegrass conference in Raleigh, North Carolina Thursday (9-29) evening.

Supergroup The Earls of Leicester helmed by dobro player Jerry Douglas walked away with the evening’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, while members Jerry Douglas, bass player Barry Bales, and banjoist Charlie Cushman all won in their respective Instrumental categories. Flat Lonesome won for Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year for “You’re The One,” and Album of the Year for Runaway Train.

The festivities also saw long-time bluegrass label Rounder Records and founders Bill Nowlin, Marian Leighton Levy and Ken Irwin inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, as well as guitarist Clarence White.

See a full list of winners below.

  • Entertainer of the Year:  The Earls of Leicester
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Danny Paisley
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Becky Buller
  • Vocal Group of the Year:  Flatt Lonesome
  • Instrumental Group of the Year: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • Song of the Year: “You’re the One,” Flatt Lonesome
  • Album of the Year: “Runaway Train,” Flatt Lonesome
  • Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: “All Dressed Up,” Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
  • Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: “Fireball,” Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: Mountain Faith
  • Recorded Event of the Year: “Longneck Blues,” Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman
  • Banjo Player of the Year: Charlie Cushman
  • Bass Player of the Year: Barry Bales
  • Dobro Player of the Year: Jerry Douglas
  • Mandolin Player of the Year:  Sierra Hull
  • Fiddle Player of the Year: Becky Buller
  • Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton
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