Billy Strings, Béla Fleck and Dolly Parton win IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards

Three of roots music’s most innovative artists – Billy Strings, Béla Fleck and Dolly Parton – were revealed as winners of the IBMA Bluegrass Music Award on Thursday night (September 29) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Billy Strings received the coveted Artist of the Year award for the second consecutive year, as well as Song of the Year honors, at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha. Additionally, Béla Fleck won awards for Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year, and Banjo Player of the Year. Dolly Parton’s recent recording of the gospel classic “In the Sweet By and By,” featured on the 2021 Country Faith Bluegrass album, won honors for Gospel Recording of the Year and Collaborative Recording of the Year.

Other musicians known to have won awards include Sierra Hull, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Cody Kilby, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Del McCoury, Justin Moses and Molly Tuttle. Rick Faris was named New Artist of the Year. Jason Moore, member of Sideline who died of a heart attack last November, at the age of 47, was named banjo player of the year. Previously announced inductees to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame are beloved instrumentalist and vocalist Norman Blake, broadcast pioneer and recording artist Paul “Moon” Mullins, and eclectic and influential singer-songwriter Peter Rowan. . Hosted by Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski, the show took place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards winners are:

HOST OF THE YEAR: Billy strings
(Editor’s note: Read our BGS Artist of the Month interview with Billy Strings.)

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Red Daisy”, Billy Strings
Written by Jarrod Walker/Christian Ward

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: my bluegrass heartBela Fleck
(Editor’s note: Read our BGS Artist of the Month interview with Béla Fleck.)

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Béla Fleck My Heart Bluegrass

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “Vertigo”, Béla Fleck with Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
(Editor’s note: Read our BGS interview with Doyle Lawson.)

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Rick Faris
(Editor’s note: Watch the first BGS video for “Deep River.”)

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “In the Sweet By and By”, Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley

GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: “In the Sweet By and By”, Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Molly Tuttle
(Editor’s note: Read our BGS interview with Molly Tuttle.)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Del McCoury
(Editor’s note: Read our BGS interview with Del McCoury.)

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bela Fleck

BASS OF THE YEAR: Jason Moore

RESO GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: justin moses

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bronwyn Keith Hynes

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cody Kilby

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sierra Hull


Photo credit: Joshua Wilkins Black