Induction into the Hall of Fame

Induction into the Hall of Fame is determined by a committee appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association (a sister-organization that is wholly independent from this museum). Selection takes place each year in two stages: nomination and election. A nominating committee consisting of music industry leaders creates a slate of 10-15 candidates. From these names, a panel of the candidates’ peers in the music industry cast ballots to narrow the nominees to five finalists. There are over 200 electors. To be an elector, one must have personally and actively participated in bluegrass for at least 10 years and have merited respect and recognition for their accomplishments and knowledge in one or more aspects of the field.

After the five finalists have been selected, the panel again votes to select the inductee(s) for that year. The balloting is conducted by an independent accounting firm. The name(s) of the newest IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee(s) are made public immediately following the final stage of balloting. Formal induction takes place each year during the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show in Nashville, TN.

After induction, the Hall of Fame plaques are installed in the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s Hall of Fame in Owensboro, Kentucky. An Unveiling Ceremony takes place at the museum on Opening Day of ROMP. Thereafter, the plaques are on permanent exhibit.

Learn about Bluegrass Hall of Fame members on this website, or visit the museum and see their plaques, view their documentary films, see their artifacts, and hear their music on our radio station.

Hall of Fame

2013

Tony Rice
Paul Warren

2012

Doyle Lawson
Ralph Rinzler

2011

Del McCoury
George Shuffler

2010

John Hartford
Louise Scruggs

2009

Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
The Dillards

2008

Bill Clifton
Charles Wolfe

2007

“Cedric Rainwater” Howard Watts
Carl Story

2006

The Lewis Family
Syd Nathan

2005

Red Allen
Benny Martin

2004

Curly Seckler
Bill Vernon

2003

J. D. Crowe

2002

The Lilly Brothers

Don Stover
David Freeman

2001

The Carter Family
Alvin Pleasant (A.P.) Carter
Sara Carter
Maybelle Carter

2000

Lance LeRoy
Doc Watson

1999

Kenny Baker

1998

Chubby Wise
Carlton Haney

1997

Josh Graves

1996

Peter V. Kuykendall
The Country Gentlemen
Eddie Adcock
John Duffey
Tom Gray
Charlie Waller

1995

Jimmy Martin

1994

The Osborne Brothers
Bobby Osborne
Sonny Osborne

1993

Mac Wiseman
Jim & Jesse
Jim McReynolds
Jesse McReynolds

1992

The Stanley Brothers
Ralph Stanley
Carter Stanley
Reno & Smiley
Don Reno
Arthur Lee (Red) Smiley

1991

Bill Monroe
Earl Scruggs
Lester Flatt