Family band Cherryholmes, the Grascals, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage are this year’s nominees for top entertainer honors at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Vincent & the Rage garnered 11 separate IBMA award nominations, with nods for vocal group, female vocalist, song of the year for "All American Bluegrass Girl" and album of the year, in addition to the entertainer honors. Band member Hunter Berry received a nomination for fiddle player and his debut release “Wow Baby” is nominated for both instrumental album and recorded event. Mickey Harris was nominated for bass player, and both Vincent and Kenny Ingram are in the running for recorded event.
The six-time recipients of IBMA's vocal group of the year, Lawson & Quicksilver, are nominated for the award again, along with entertainer of the year and seven other categories.
Multiple award winners Krauss & Union Station, the Del McCoury Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder each received seven nominations each.
Carl Story and Howard Watts, better known by his stage name Cedric Rainwater, will be inducted into the IBMA’s hall of honor.
Meanwhile, Cadillac Sky, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock, the Infamous Stringdusters, Bradley Walker and Williams & Clark Expedition were all nominated for emerging artist honors.
The awards, part of the IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass event, will take place Oct. 4 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. For a complete list of nominees, go to www.ibma.org.