The Infamous Stringdusters and banjo master Tony Trischa took home three trophies each at this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards, held Oct. 4 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The Grascals, who were winners of the emerging artist trophy in 2005, collected their second consecutive entertainer of the year award at the event.

While the Stringdusters nabbed top album, song and emerging artist honors, Trischa scored instrumental album, recorded event and banjo player honors. In a rare twist, hall of famer J.D. Crowe and his band the New South tied the Stringdusters in the album category.

Sam Bush hosted the 18th annual event and was also honored as mandolin player of the year for the fourth time.

The name "Bradley" proved to be good luck for first time recipients. Longtime favorite Dale Ann Bradley was named female vocalist and new favorite Bradley Walker was handed his first male vocalist trophy.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock added to the list of firsts as this year's instrumental group of the year and Cleveland also took home his fifth fiddle award.

Meanwhile, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver took home their seventh vocal group award and sixth for gospel recorded performance for "He Lives In Me."

Rob Ickes became the all-time most awarded musician among all IBMA instrumental performer categories with his ninth dobro player award.
Carl Story and Howard Watts aka Cedric Rainwater were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

A complete list of winners is available at ibma.org.

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