Distinguished Achievement Awards according to the program exist "to honor those in bluegrass music who have proven to be forerunners in their particular field of endeavor, and/or fostered bluegrass music's image with developments that will broaden the music's recognition and accessibility." Generally, they recognize a lifetime of achievement. The introduction of recipients is lengthier than any other award winners, with pictures of them and their work through the years. These awards are often quite moving as the recipients are often those whose contributions have effected the bluegrass lives of many in the audience and the wider bluegrass world.
The Del McCoury Band