In addition to the awards to be presented at Thursday nights ceremony, there are special honors that will be given out at a luncheon during the week. And two people will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
This years Hall of Fame inductees are Tony Rice and Paul Warren.
Rice is an acclaimed acoustic guitarist who has recorded with everyone from Ricky Skaggs to Dolly Parton to Jerry Garcia in his decades-long career. Rice won the International Bluegrass Music Associations first award for Instrumental Performer of the Year-Guitar.
Warren, an accomplished fiddle player, was long associated with Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys. When the duo split, Warren continued to perform with Lester Flatt.
Distinguished Achievement Award recipients include Charley Pennell, who works at N.C. State Universitys D.H. Hill Library. He has created a massive online discography of bluegrass recordings.
Sue Meyer, a Raleigh resident who designs CD packages, is one of the nominees for Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project. Its for the cover to Doctors Orders by Don Rigsby (Rounder Records). Meyer said this is her eighth nomination. Shes won the category four previous times.
In the special category of Bluegrass Event of the Year, one of the nominees is Ashevilles 2013 Bluegrass First Class festival.
And in the category New Festival or Venue, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival on Roanoke Island is one of the nominees.