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Donna Ulisse Named 2016 Songwriter of the Year

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse left Raleigh last week named the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the Year. It is an award she had been nominated for the past four years in a row with 2016 making it her fifth nomination. Having never won, it caused her to often joke that she was the IBMA's Susan Lucci, in reference to Lucci going nineteen years before winning an Emmy for best Daytime Soap Actress. When former winner Becky Buller announced the award, she smiled at Ulisse's table and said, "You are no longer the Susan Lucci of this award."

IBMA Announces New "Songwriter Of The Year" Award

IBMA LogoNashville, TN -- IBMA's new Songwriter of the Year Award will annually recognize a songwriter for his or her outstanding contributions to bluegrass music as a songwriter, during the period of eligibility for IBMA Awards. For 2012 Awards, the time frame is April 1, 2011 – March 30, 2012. The award will be presented at World of Bluegrass with other industry awards at the Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

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