The International Bluegrass Music Association (IMBA) has announced the Class of 2018 set to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame. Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams and Tom T. and Dixie Hall will be receiving the honor.

For Skaggs, the honor comes as part of a banner year of recognition: The bluegrass legend was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier in 2018.

IMBA has also announced the nominees for its 2018 IMBA Awards. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Punch Brothers and the Earls of Leicester are all among those nominated for awards this year. In addition to the Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawon & Quicksilver and the Gibson Brothers are also up for Entertainer of the Year. Punch Brothers are once again nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year, and Molly Tuttle and Po' Ramblin' Boys are among those nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year.

A complete list of 2018 IMBA Awards nominees is below. Recipients of the IBMA's 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award will be George Gruhn, Christopher Howard-Williams, Curtis McPeake, Walter Saunders and Chris Thile.

The 2018 IMBA Awards ceremony will take place on Sept. 27 in Raleigh, N.C., during the annual World of Bluegrass Conference.

2018 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Balsam Range
Del McCoury Band
Doyle Lawon & Quicksilver
The Earls of Leicester
Gibson Brothers

Female Vocalist of the Year

Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley
Becky Buller
Molly Tuttle
Rhonda Vincent

Male Vocalist of the Year

Shawn Camp
Buddy Melton
Del McCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O'Brien

Emerging Artist of the Year

Mile Twelve
Molly Tuttle
Po' Ramblin' Boys
Billy Strings
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
Sister Sadie

Vocal Group of the Year

Balsam Range
Flatt Lonesome
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Gibson Brothers
I'm With Her

Instrumental Group of the Year

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Sam Bush Band
The Travelin' McCourys
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Punch Brothers

Song of the Year

"Calamity Jane," recorded by Becky Buller; Becky Buller, Tim Stafford (writers)
"If I'd Have Wrote That Song," recorded by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers; Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, James Silvers (writers)
"Swept Away," recorded by Missy Raines; Laurie Lewis (writer)
"Way Down the River Road," recorded by Special Consensus; John Hartford (writer)
"You Didn't Call My Name," recorded by Molly Tuttle; Molly Tuttle (writer)

Album of the Year

Life Is a Story, Doyle Lawon & Quicksilver; producer: Doyle Lawson; Mountain Home Music Company
Mayhayley's House, Lonesome River Band; producers: Lonesome River Band; Mountain Home Music Company
Rise, Molly Tuttle; producer: Kai Welch; Compass Records
Rivers & Roads, Special Consensus; producer: Alison Brown; Compass Records
The Story We Tell, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers; producer: Joe Mullins; Rebel Records

Recorded Event of the Year

"Calamity Jane," Becky Buller with Rhonda Vincent
"I'll Just Go Away," Dale Ann Bradley & Vince Gill
"The Rebel and the Rose," Becky Buller with Sam Bush
"She Took the Tennessee River," Special Consensus with Bobby Osborne
"Swept Away," Missy Raines with Alison Brown

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