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SPBGMA LogoThe Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced. The 42nd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards will take place during the society's 33rd National Convention. The convention takes place February 4-7, 2016 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

SPBGMA serves to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music. The organization also offers a management service for any community desiring to hold a Bluegrass festival and/or to organize and conduct Bluegrass Band competitions. In all SPBGMA sponsored events, instruments must be traditional acoustic instruments, no electrified instruments permitted. SPBGMA encourages professionalism in appearance and showmanship by the performers at SPBGMA events as well as encouraging the support of various Bluegrass publications and associations.

This event is always a favorite and includes the Showcase of Bands, Workshops, opportunities for promoters and talent buyers to view new and existing artists to see what's new. There are trade exhibits, record companies and more available for the artists and the fans. Of course, this is also an exciting time in bluegrass music where the fans and their favorite artists get to mingle and socialize as well. It is definitely and friendly, up close and personal experience for all involved.

The big awards night will take place next month where the attending members will cast their ballots to see who takes home the 2016 honors. Here are the nominations for the honors to be awarded in Nashville, Tennessee next month.

Listed by Category, the 2016 nominees are:

  1. Bluegrass Promoter of the Year
    • Homer Boyd
    • Norman Adams
    • D.A. Callaway
    • Ryan Frankhouser
    • Dwight Dillman
    • Bertie Sullivan
  2. Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year
    • WPAQ-Mt. Airy, NC
    • WQDR-Raleigh, NC
    • WKXR-Asheboro, NC
    • Sirius XM 61-Bluegrass Junction
    • WBRF-Galax, VA
    • WSM-Nashville, TN
  3. Bluegrass DJ of the Year
    • Kyle Cantrell-Sirius XM 61
    • Larry Nixon-WQDR-Raleigh, NC
    • Freddy Smith-WDVX-Knoxville, TN
    • Tim Frye-WPAQ-Mt. Airy, NC
    • Judith Burnette-WBRF-Galax, VA
    • Bobby Franklin-WKXR-Asheboro, NC
  4. Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year
    • Junior Sisk
    • Tim Jamison
    • Becky Buller
    • Daryl Mosley
    • Louisa Branscomb
    • Donna Ulisse
  5. Bluegrass Album of the Year
    • It’s About Tyme – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Break A String
    • Another Day From Life – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers on Rebel Records
    • Runaway Train – Flatt Lonesome on Mountain Home Music Company
    • Turn on a Dime – Lonesome River Band on Mountain Home Music Company
    • Country Livin’ – Big Country Bluegrass on Rebel Records
    • Country Grass – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Pinecastle Records
  6. Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Tony King
    • Matt Wright
    • Barry Bales
    • Barry Reed
    • Tim Surrett
    • Mickey Harris
  7. Dobro Performer of the Year
    • Gaven Largent
    • Tim Graves
    • Jerry Douglas
    • Phil Leadbetter
    • Rob Ickes
    • Brent Burke
  8. Guitar Performer of the Year
    • Keith Tew
    • Marty Raybon
    • Bryan Sutton
    • Junior Sisk
    • Josh Williams
    • Eddie Gill
  9. Mandolin Performer of the Year
    • Johnathan Dillon
    • Tommy Sells
    • Larry Stephenson
    • Danny Roberts
    • Jesse Brock
    • Lorraine Jordan
  10. Banjo Performer of the Year
    • Lynwood Lunsford
    • Kenny Ingram
    • Ben Greene
    • Jason Davis
    • Bennie Boling
    • Morris Herbert
  11. Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Greg Moore
    • Jason Barie
    • Michael Cleveland
    • Jamie Harper
    • Tim Laughlin
    • Hunter Berry
  12. Female Vocalist of the Year (Overall)
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Teresa Sells
    • Sonya Isaacs
    • Michelle Nixon
    • Lorraine Jordan
    • Jeanette Williams
  13. Male Vocalist of the Year (Overall)
    • Johnny Williams
    • Marty Raybon
    • Russell Moore
    • Junior Sisk
    • Eddie Gill
    • Daryl Mosley
  14. Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year
    • Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • Mountain Faith
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • The Farm Hands
    • Larry Stephenson Band
    • Fret High
  15. Bluegrass Vocal Group of the Year
    • Remington Ryde
    • Larry Stephenson Band
    • Balsam Range
    • Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • The Farm Hands
  16. Bluegrass Instrumental Group of the Year
    • Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
    • Larry Stephenson Band
    • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
    • The Farm Hands
    • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
    • Big Country Bluegrass
  17. Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)
    • Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • The Farm Hands
    • Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
    • Flatt Lonesome
    • Larry Stephenson Band
  18. Entertainer(s) of the Year
    • Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Lil’ Roy Lewis
    • Nothin’ Fancy
    • The Farm Hands
  19. Song of the Year
    • "You’re the One" by Flatt Lonesome on Mountain Home Music Company
    • "Turn on a Dime" by Lonesome River Band on Mountain Home Music Company
    • "I Got Mexico" by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on Pinecastle Records
    • "The Bluefield West" Virgina Blues by Big Country Bluegrass on Rebel Records
    • "Moon Over Memphis" by Balsam Range on Mountain Home Music Company
    • "The Last Parade" by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers on Rebel Records

Congratulations to all the nominees and our gratitude for all the fine bluegrass music during the past year.

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