In addition, IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger announced that IBMA will honor Compass co-founder Alison Brown for her pioneering contributions to bluegrass music with a Distinguished Achievement Award at this year's ceremonies. This award is the Association's highest honor outside of induction to the Hall of Fame. Brown is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album titled The Song of the Banjo due for release in October.
The nominee announcements were broadcast live via Kyle Cantrell's Bluegrass Junction show at 11am EST. The awards ceremony will be held on October 1st in Raleigh, North Carolina.