IBMA Awards Eligibility List

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2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards Reference List​*

*All recordings are listed in alphabetical order by artist or group name.

Each year in the spring, the first round write-in ballot for the IBMA Awards goes out to our members.  The IBMA turns to you, our members, to help create a reference list of eligible recorded products, made available solely for the informational needs of voters in filling out the first round write-in ballot.


Bluegrass Recordings, Reported as Released between April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

To submit a release, fill out the online form by April 10, 2017.

This list is solely for the informational needs of IBMA members when nominating recorded product for any of the related awards in the first round of balloting. This list does not necessarily contain 100% of the bluegrass recordings first released during the eligibility period, so members are not restricted to the entries on this list when making their first ballot write-in nominations. Albums re-issued and/or special compilations of previously released material are not listed here, but may contain individual songs eligible for certain awards.

To qualify for awards consideration, albums and songs must have been released during the eligibility period. “Release” shall be defined as the date any portion of the general public, anywhere in the world, could first acquire (through sale or for free), listen to and hold ownership of their copy of the recorded album project or song under consideration in any format or through any method of distribution. Promotional copies sent to entertainment industry or media entities to foster awareness prior to public release shall not be considered in determining the date of release. At least 50% of the songs on an album must be new recordings first released during the eligibility period to be eligible. Read full Awards criteria information

Information provided in this reference list has not been confirmed as eligible. If a member believes an album or song under consideration may not fit within the award’s eligibility requirements, they should contact IBMA at (615) 256-3222 or

IBMA reserves the sole and exclusive right to make eligibility determinations and may require additional information from candidates and/or their representatives in order to make such determinations.