Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury won his ninth honor for entertainer of the year at the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards last night (Oct. 7) at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. McCoury

Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury won his ninth honor for entertainer of the year at the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards last night (Oct. 7) at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. McCoury and his band also won album of the year for "It's Just the Night" (McCoury Music).

The awards show is the highlight of the International Bluegrass Music Assn.'s World of Bluegrass trade show and festival, which this year runs Oct. 4-10. The sold-out awards show was hosted by Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, taking their second consecutive turn at the podium.

Larry Sparks won his first award for male vocalist of the year, a victory that was especially sweet as Sparks is celebrating his 40th anniversary in bluegrass music. This year also marked a milestone for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, which celebrated its 25th anniversary and picked up a fourth consecutive trophy for vocal group of the year.

Perennial favorite Rhonda Vincent earned an unprecedented fifth win in the female vocalist category. Vincent also won song of the year for "Kentucky Borderline" from her Rounder album "One Step Ahead." Vincent wrote the song with Terry Herd of the Bluegrass Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio, which was named broadcaster of the year.

The recorded event of the year was the Universal South album "Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers." Produced by Carl Jackson, the tribute to Charlie and Ira Louvin includes performances by Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Terri Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn, Leslie Satcher, Kathy Louvin, Patty Loveless, Dierks Bentley, Larry Cordle, Dolly Parton, Sonya Isaacs, Marty Stuart and Pam Tillis.

The 2004 IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Honor inductees were Curly Seckler and the late Bill Vernon. The emerging artist honor went to King Wilkie.

The awards were broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio and syndicated to radio stations in more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks.

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