The IBMA Awards are actually two events, the Special Awards Luncheon held beginning at 10:30 in the morning, and the gala Bluegrass Music Awards in the Ryman Auditorium that evening. While the big awards for performers garner the publicity and excite the imagination, many members enjoy the awards luncheon, filled with nostalgia, warm memories, and introducing careers and achievements that underlie the success that performers experience. If you can attend this event without shedding a tear of joy or a moment of sadness, you're mighty strong or very resistant. Here are the winners and some of the presenters.
Byron Berline is a renowned fiddle player born in Caldwell, Kansas and known as a pioneer of Texas style fiddling, although he is known for his ability to play in a variety of styles. He was a Blue Grass Boy with Bill Monroe and played with the Flying Burrito Brothers, and many other bands, including several of his own. He owns and operates the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma.