Nominees for the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be presented Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, Ky. The show is the centerpiece of the International Music Bluegrass Mus

Below are the nominees for the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be presented Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, Ky. The show is the centerpiece of the International Music Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass Trade Show and Fan Fest (Oct. 4-10).

Entertainer of the year:
Alison Krauss + Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Instrumental group of the year:
Blue Highway
Alison Krauss + Union Station
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Vocal group of the year:
Blue Highway
Alison Krauss + Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart

Male vocalist of the year:
Del McCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O'Brien
Larry Sparks
Dan Tyminski

Female vocalist of the year:
Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Lynn Morris
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the year:
"Seven Sundays In A Row," Blue Highway (artist), Wayne Taylor, Kim Williams & Larry Shell (writers)
"That Bluegrass Music," The Gibson Brothers (artist), Leigh Gibson, Eric Gibson & Mike Barber (writers)
"I've Endured," Tim O'Brien (artist), David Arthur & Ola Belle Reed (writers)
"You Ain't Lived," Larry Sparks (artist), Marshal Warwick (writer)
"Kentucky Borderline," Rhonda Vincent (artist), Rhonda Vincent & Terry Herd (writers)

Album of the year:
"Wondrous Love," Blue Highway (artist), Rounder, Alan O'Bryant (producer)
"A School of Bluegrass," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), SSK Recording & Crossroads, Doyle Lawson (producer)
"It's Just the Night," the Del McCoury Band (artist), McCoury Music, Del & Ronnie McCoury (producers)
"The Three Pickers," Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs (artists), Rounder, Ricky Skaggs & Jim Brown (producers)
"One Step Ahead," Rhonda Vincent (artist), Rounder, Darrin Vincent & Rhonda Vincent (producers)

Emerging artists of the year:
Cherry Holmes
King Wilkie
Nothin' Fancy
Alecia Nugent
Pine Mountain Railroad

Gospel recorded performance of the year:
"Wondrous Love," Blue Highway (artist), Rounder, Alan O'Bryant (producer)
"Send The Angels," Dale Ann Bradley (artist), Mountain Home, Dale Ann Bradley & Vicki Simmons (producers)
"Songs of the Faith," The Isaacs (artist), Horizon, Ben Isaacs (producer)
"Thank God," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), SSK Recording & Crossroads, Doyle Lawson (producer)
"Living On the Hallelujah Side," Paul Williams & the Victory Trio (artists), Rebel, Paul Williams (producer)

Instrumental album of the year:
"Live at the Ragged Edge," Tom Adams & Michael Cleveland (artists), Rounder, Tom Adams & Michael Cleveland (producers)
"Hold On, We're Strummin'," Sam Bush & David Grisman (artists), Acoustic Disc, Sam Bush & David Grisman (producers)
"Big Time," Rob Ickes with Blue Highway (artists), Rounder, Rob Ickes (producer)
"Team Flathead: Huber Banjo Sessions," Sammy Shelor, John Lawless, Steve Huber, Ron Stewart & Jim Mills (artists), Huber Records, Ron Stewart (producer)
"Bluegrass Guitar," Bryan Sutton (artist), Sugar Hill, Bryan Sutton (producer)

Recorded event of the year:
"Hold On, We're Strummin';" Sam Bush & David Grisman (artists), Acoustic Disc, Sam Bush & David Grisman (producers)
"Life of Sorrow;" David Grisman: Featuring: Bryan Bowers, John Hartford, The Del McCoury Band, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Nagy, Alan O'Bryant, Herb Pedersen, Ralph Rinzler, Ralph Stanley & TheClinch Mountain Boys, Mac Wiseman & Others (artists); Acoustic Disc; David Grisman (producer)
"Livin' Lovin' Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers;" Joe Nichols, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Terri Clark, Merle Haggard, Carl Jackson, Ronnie Dunn, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Glen Campbell, Leslie Satcher, Kathy Louvin, Pamela Brown Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Jon Randall, Harley Allen, Dierks Bentley, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Dolly Parton, Sonya Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Pam Tillis, Johnny Cash & the Jordanaires (artists); Universal South; Carl Jackson (producer)
"The Three Pickers," Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs (artists); Rounder; Ricky Skaggs & Jim Brown (producers)
"WhiteHouse;" Whitehouse (David Parmley, Larry Stephenson, Charlie Cushman, Jason Carter & Missy Raines - artists); Pinecastle; WhiteHouse (producer)

Instrumental performers of the year:

Banjo:
Ron Block
J.D. Crowe
Rob McCoury
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor

Dobro:
Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Josh Graves
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter

Bass:
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Jason Moore
Missy Raines
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle:
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Aubrey Haynie
Ron Stewart

Guitar:
Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Doc Watson

Mandolin:
Sam Bush
Mike Compton
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Special Awards Nominations

Bluegrass event of the year:
California Bluegrass Association 28th Annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival; June 12-15, 2003; Grass Valley, California
MerleFest; April 24-27, 2003; Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival; February 16-19, 2004; Tacoma, Washington

Print media personality of the year:
Thomas Goldsmith; editor of The Bluegrass Reader; Features Editor, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.; freelance writer, Bluegrass Unlimited
Butch Robins, author of What I Know 'Bout What I Know
Caroline Wright; columnist & freelance writer; Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited, Honolulu Weekly

Bluegrass broadcaster of the year:
Wayne Bledsoe; "Bluegrass for a Saturday Night," "Sunday Morning Sounds" & "The U.S. Bank Bluegrass Hour;" KUMR; Rolla, Mo.
Terry Herd; Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluegrass Radio Network; Nashville, TN.
Chris Jones; Sirius Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tenn.

Best graphic design for a recorded project: Sue Meyer (designer), for "Bluegrass All-Stars: 16 Grand Slams from Sugar Hill Records," by various artists, Sugar Hill Records
Sue Meyer (designer), for "Traveler," by Tim O'Brien, Sugar Hill Records
Sarah Lainie Smith (designer), for "The Bluegrass Guitar Collection," by Tony Rice, Rounder Records

Best liner notes for a recorded project:
Ron Block (writer), for "The Bluegrass Guitar Collection," by Tony Rice, Rounder
Gary B. Reid (writer), for "The Stanley Brothers: The King Years," by The Stanley Brothers, King Records
Eddie Stubbs & Charles K. Wolfe (writers), for "'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered," by Mac Wiseman, Bear Family Records

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