Billy Strings received entertainer of the yr for the third yr in a row on the 34rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. The present was held on Thursday (Sept. 28) at Martin Marietta Middle for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C.

Strings, 30, is the primary artist to take entertainer three years in a row since Earls of Leicester achieved the feat from 2015 to 2017. Earlier than that, the Del McCoury Band and Dailey & Vincent each did it. Strings received a Grammy for greatest bluegrass album three years in the past for Residence.

However in some ways, it was Molly Tuttle’s night time. Tuttle, who can also be 30, and Ketch Secor co-hosted the present. Tuttle additionally received three key awards. “Crooked Tree,” which she co-wrote with Melody Walker, received music of the yr. The music was the title observe of Tuttle & Golden Freeway’s album, which received album of the yr. Tuttle’s third award was feminine vocalist of the yr.

Crooked Tree received a Grammy for greatest bluegrass album in February. Tuttle was additionally nominated for greatest new artist at that present however misplaced to Samara Pleasure.

Genuine Limitless received two awards on the IBMA Awards – vocal group of the yr and new artist of the yr.

Jason Carter additionally received two awards – instrumental recording of the yr (“Kissimmee Kid”) and fiddle participant of the yr. Carter, 50, has received three Grammys for greatest bluegrass album as a member of the Del McCoury Band and the Travelin’ McCourys.

In an indication of fixing occasions, three of the six winners within the instrumentalist of the yr classes had been girls – Kristin Scott Benson (banjo participant of the yr), Vickie Vaughn (bass participant of the yr) and Sierra Hull (mandolin participant of the yr).

This yr’s inductees into the Bluegrass Music Corridor of Fame – Sam Bush, often called “The King of Newgrass”; Wilma Lee Cooper, one in all bluegrass’ most necessary early girls musicians; and David Grisman, an influential mandolin participant – had been additionally honored through the present.

Awards had been voted on by the skilled membership of the Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation (IBMA).

The present aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel and was livestreamed on IBMA’s Fb Stay.

Right here’s an entire checklist of nominees and winners for the 2023 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards:

Entertainer of the yr

Appalachian Highway Present

WINNER: Billy Strings 

Del McCoury Band

Molly Tuttle & Golden Freeway

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Album of the yr 

WINNER: Crooked Tree – Artist: Molly Tuttle & Golden Freeway; Label: Nonesuch Data; Producer: Jerry Douglas and Molly Tuttle

Lovin’ of the Recreation – Artist: Michael Cleveland; Label: Compass Data; Producers: Jeff White, Michael Cleveland, and Sean Sullivan

Lowdown Hoedown – Artist: Jason Carter; Label: Fiddle Man Data; Producers: Jason Carter and Brent Truitt

Me/And/Dad – Artist: Billy Strings and Terry Barber; Label: Rounder Data; Producers: Billy Strings and Gary Paczosa

Radio John: The Songs of John Hartford – Artist: Sam Bush; Label: Smithsonian Folkways; Producer: Sam Bush

Music of the yr 

“Blue Ridge Mountain Baby” – Artist: Appalachian Highway Present; Songwriters: Barry Abernathy/Jim VanCleve; Label: Billy Blue Data; Producer: Appalachian Highway Present

WINNER: “Crooked Tree” – Artist: Molly Tuttle & Golden Freeway; Songwriters: Molly Tuttle/Melody Walker; Label: Nonesuch Data; Producers: Jerry Douglas and Molly Tuttle

“Diane” – Artist: Sister Sadie; Songwriters: Jeffrey Nath Bhasker/Samuel Tyler Johnson/Cameron Marvel Ochs; Label: Mountain Residence; Producer: Sister Sadie

“Heyday” – Artist: Lonesome River Band; Songwriters: Barry Huchens/Will Huchens; Label: Mountain Residence Music Firm; Producer: Lonesome River Band

“Power of Love” – Artist: Rick Faris; Songwriters: Johnny Colla/Huey Lewis/Christopher Hayes; Label: Darkish Shadow Recording; Producer: Stephen Mougin

Male vocalist of the yr

WINNER: Greg Blake 

Del McCoury

Danny Paisley

Larry Sparks

Dan Tyminski

Feminine vocalist of the yr 

Brooke Aldridge

Dale Ann Bradley

Jaelee Roberts

WINNER: Molly Tuttle 

Rhonda Vincent

Vocal group of the yr 

WINNER: Genuine Limitless 

Balsam Vary

Blue Freeway

Del McCoury Band

Sister Sadie

Instrumental group of the yr 

Billy Strings

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

The Notorious Stringdusters

Molly Tuttle & Golden Freeway

WINNER: The Travelin’ McCourys 

New artist of the yr 

WINNER: Genuine Limitless 

East Nash Grass

Henhouse Prowlers

The Tennessee Bluegrass Band

Tray Wellington

Collaborative recording of the yr 

WINNER: “Alberta Bound” – Artist: Particular Consensus with Ray Legere, John Reischman, Tisha Gagnon, Claire Lynch, Pharis & Jason Romero; Songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot; Label: Compass Data; Producer: Alison Brown 

“Big Mon” – Artist: Andy Leftwich with Sierra Hull; Songwriter: Invoice Monroe; Label: Mountain Residence Music Firm; Producer: Andy Leftwich

“Foggy Morning Breaking” – Artist: Alison Brown with Steve Martin; Songwriter: Alison Brown/Steve Martin; Label: Compass Data; Producer: Alison Brown and Garry West

“For Your Love” – Artist: Michael Cleveland with Billy Strings and Jeff White; Songwriter: Joe Ely; Label: Compass Data; Producer: Jeff White, Michael Cleveland, and Sean Sullivan

“From My Mountain (Calling You)” – Artist: Peter Rowan with Molly Tuttle and Lindsay Lou; Songwriter: Peter Rowan; Label: Insurgent Data; Producer: Peter Rowan

Gospel recording of the yr

“The Glory Road” – Artist: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Songwriters: Paul Martin/Harry Stinson/Marty Stuart; Label: Billy Blue Data; Producers: Joe Mullins and Adam McIntosh

“Jordan” – Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge with Ricky Skaggs, Mo Pitney and Mark Fain; Songwriter: Fred Wealthy; Label: Billy Blue Data; Producer: Darin Aldridge and Mark Fain

WINNER: “The Scarlet Red Lines” – Artist: Larry Sparks; Songwriter: Daniel Crabtree; Label: Insurgent Data; Producer: Larry Sparks

“Take a Little Time for Jesus” – Artist: Junior Sisk; Songwriter: David Marshall; Label: Mountain Fever Data; Producers: Junior Sisk and Aaron Ramsey

“Tell Me the Story of Jesus” – Artist: Becky Buller with Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs; Songwriter: Fanny Crosby, association by Becky Buller; Label: Darkish Shadow Recording; Producer: Stephen Mougin

Instrumental recording of the yr 

“Contact” – Artist: Michael Cleveland with Cody Kilby, Barry Bales, and Béla Fleck; Songwriter: Michael Cleveland; Label: Compass Data; Producer: Jeff White, Michael Cleveland, and Sean Sullivan

“Foggy Morning Breaking” – Artist: Alison Brown with Steve Martin; Songwriters: Alison Brown/Steve Martin; Label: Compass Data; Producers: Alison Brown and Garry West

“Gold Rush” – Artist: Scott Vestal’s Bluegrass 2022; Songwriter: Invoice Monroe; Label: Pinecastle Data; Producer: Scott Vestal

WINNER: “Kissimmee Kid” – Artist: Jason Carter; Songwriter: Vassar Clements; Label: Fiddle Man Data; Producers: Jason Carter and Brent Truitt

“Scorchin’ the Gravy” – Artist: Frank Solivan & Soiled Kitchen; Songwriter: Frank Solivan; Label: Compass Data; Producer: Frank Solivan

Banjo participant of the yr 

WINNER: Kristin Scott Benson 

Alison Brown

Béla Fleck

Ned Luberecki

Scott Vestal

Bass participant of the yr 

Mike Bub

Todd Phillips

Missy Raines

Mark Schatz

WINNER: Vickie Vaughn

Fiddle participant of the yr 

WINNER: Jason Carter 

Michael Cleveland

Stuart Duncan

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Deanie Richardson

Resophonic guitar participant of the yr 

Jerry Douglas

Andy Corridor

Rob Ickes

Matt Leadbetter

WINNER: Justin Moses 

Guitar participant of the yr 

Chris Eldridge

WINNER: Trey Hensley 

Billy Strings

Bryan Sutton

Molly Tuttle

Mandolin participant of the yr 

Alan Bibey

Jesse Brock

Sam Bush

WINNER: Sierra Hull

Ronnie McCoury