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The nominees have been revealed for this year’s IBMA Industry Awards and IBMA Momentum Awards, which will be presented during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, slated for Sept. 26-30.

The Momentum Awards will take place on Sept. 27 at the IBMA World of Bluegrass conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IBMA Industry Awards will follow on Sept. 28 and also includes the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards presentations. Both awards luncheons will feature music and memorable presentations to and by this year’s recipients.

The Industry Awards recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Graphic Designer of the Year, Liner Notes of the Year, Writer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Nominees in each category are selected by specially appointed committees made up of bluegrass professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by the Panel of Electors, an anonymous group of veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.

The Momentum Awards recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who, in the early stages of their careers, are making significant contributions to or are having a significant influence upon bluegrass music. The Mentor Award recognizes a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry.

“The IBMA’s Industry Awards and Momentum Awards are important to recognize the exceptional contributions by those who are dedicated to furthering bluegrass music behind the scenes and those who are successful rising stars in our music,” says IBMA Interim Executive Director Paul Schiminger. “I can’t wait for the luncheons in Raleigh to honor them all. Congratulations to these nominees who are lifting bluegrass music to new heights!”

Winners of the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and the 2023 inductees into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame will also be celebrated during the conference, on Sept. 28 at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Nominees for those awards were revealed last week.

2023 IBMA Industry Awards Nominees:

Chris Jones
Craig Havighurst
Garret K. Woodward
Gary Reid
Stacy Chandler

Becky Buller
Jon Weisberger
Rick Faris
Thomm Jutz
Tim Stafford

Aubrey Shamel
Brad Benge
Dewey Boyd
Key Chang
Steve Chandler

Barb Heller
Brad Kolodner
Michelle Lee
Ned Luberecki
Peter Thompson

Eric Barie
Gina Dilg
Grace van’t Hof
Pharis & Jason Romero
Tim Kapustka

Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium – Written by Ted Olsen
Dom Flemmons – Traveling Wildfire – Written by Dom Flemmons
Jake Blount – The New Faith – Written by Jake Blount
Pharis &Jason Romero – Tell ‘em You Were Gold – Written by Pharis & Jason Romero
Sam Bush – Radio John: The Songs of John Hartford – Written by Sam Bush and Jon Weisberger

Blue Highway Fest – Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Bluegrass in La Roche – La Roche-sur-Foron, France
Doc at 100 – Various locations
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown – Durango, Colorado
Pickin’ in the Pines – Flagstaff, Arizona

2023 IBMA Momentum Awards Nominees:

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
The Fretliners
Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
Never Come Down

Austin Scelzo
Dan Boner
Louisa Branscomb
Ruth McLain Smith
Scott Napier

Daniel Mullins
Katie Kirchner
Maggie Rainwater
Matt Hutchinson
Mike Kaiz

Anthony Howell
Alex Genova
Gavin Largent
Jake Eddy
Josiah Nelson
Maddie Dalton
Michael Prewitt

Carley Arrowood
Crystal Lariza
Nick Dumas
Starlett Austin
Tianna Lefebvre

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‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards


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The Television Critics Association has announced the winners of its landmark 40th TCA Awards, with two shows standing head and shoulders above the rest during the 2023-2024 television season. Each year, the organization celebrates the exemplary programs that debut within a season, as its membership of over 230 professional television journalists from across the United States and Canada vote for the defining series and stars in several categories. For this iteration, the big winner of the evening was FX’s period piece adaptation Shgun, which scored four wins from the five categories it was nominated in, while Max’s standout comedy Hacks took second place with two wins.


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Title: ‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to grin and bear it as Serena Williams makes brutal joke about them for daring to breathe


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When it comes to the Windsor Royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always been outsiders. Since their wedding, the famous couple have made a point to stand apart from their more controversial family members. A decision that is not doing them a whole lot of good.

Harry and Meghan are acutely aware of the ugly history behind the English monarchy. Its violent past of colonialism added rumors of racism against Meghan when she officially joined the family. It has been years since the couple separated themselves from the family and have been building their roots in America. But so far, their tiniest decision and smallest step has been blown out of proportion by the British media as a calculated plan to defy the Royals or malign their reputation — a trend that has not gone unnoticed, especially by those who remain close to Harry and Meghan.

And it did become a point of discourse on July 11, 2024, at the ESPY Awards where famed athlete Serena Williams and Meghan’s close friend took the stage and poked fun at the dilemma of the couple is forced to live every day.

The controversy the Duke of Sussex riled up by not refusing to accept the renowned Pat Tillman award for the Invictus Games is well known. Harry was bashed by many, including Pat Tilman’s mother, for his Royal lineage, the many troubles he is currently embroiled in, and according to many, for not meeting the demands of the award that is given to those that make “remarkable civic contributions” and exhibit “extraordinary fortitude and spirit of service.” Along with these criticisms, Harry has also been accused of trying to hog the limelight while Prince William and Kate Middleton attempt to navigate life after her cancer diagnosis.

Whew! In short, the couple can’t do anything right as per the naysayers, something which Williams hilariously drew attention to in her speech.

“Please, Harry and Meghan, try not to breathe too much tonight. Because this is my night and I don’t want to be overshadowed by accusations you guys are taking up too much oxygen.”

On the surface, as Williams is a friend of the couple, her comments should have been in good fun. But all it did was put a spotlight on Harry’s tricky relationship with his family where he and his wife are often absent from Royal events as the Crown deems their presence “distracting.” During the joke, both Harry and Meghan smiled politely, but on the inside, they were probably wondering about the next storm Williams’ comment would bring for them. Anyway, unfortunately, they are used to this — politely accepting blame and criticism despite their charitable works and attempts to use their privilege for a good cause.

And they would be right to fear the repercussions of Williams’ little joke. After all, Meghan’s products getting promotion from friends on the very day Kate broke her oath of isolation to mark her presence at the Trooping Colors also cursed the Duchess of Sussex with the blame for trying to upstage her sister-in-law. The fact that Kate only made the announcement of her impending arrival mere hours ago — or how, allegedly, Harry and Meghan were not updated about this development in advance — did nothing to diffuse the renewed Meghan-bashing.

While the savage joke at their expense did earn Williams’ a few rounds of laughter, there is no guarantee that the quip won’t give trigger the ire of the British Royal Family once again.


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Team USA Basketball Has Plenty Of Options For Their Starting Lineup

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Team USA will enter the 2024 Summer Olympics as the heavy favorites to take home the gold medal in Men’s Basketball. The team is stacked with some of the best talent that the NBA has to offer, from budding superstars to some of the league’s older and most accomplished players.

Steve Kerr “Can’t Go Wrong” With Picking Team USA Starting Lineup

But with all of the premier talent to choose from, who will head coach Steve Kerr elect to be in the starting lineup once the tournament starts later this month?

There are a few shoo-ins based on talent and accomplishments. LeBron James will be making his fourth Olympic appearance for Team USA, and is coming off of a season in which he averaged over 25 points and 8 rebounds as the oldest player in the league at age 39.

James’ spot as a starter is solidified, but he isn’t the only one. Stephen Curry is finally making his Olympics debut after missing out for various reasons in year’s past, and will bring his shooting talents to the world stage in what could be a final stamp on his illustrious career.

Another player that appears to have a starting spot locked in is Kevin Durant, who along with James and Curry form something of a “Big 3” for Team USA.

Embiid, Booker, And Others Vying For Final Spots

The final two spots won’t be quite as simple. The centers that will be going up against the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and other big men around the world will be Anthony Davis and Joel Embiid, both of whom will have legit arguments from being in the starting 5.

The 2-guard spot will need to be decided as well, and there are plenty of viable options. Devin Booker and Anthony Edwards appear to be the two that would lead the race for being starters, but newly-crowned NBA champion Jayson Tatum is on the roster as well. With some positional shuffling, he too could have a case for being one of the top-5. Jrue Holiday could even make a starting appearance based on matchups given his defensive prowess.

Bam Adebayo, Tyrese Haliburton, and Derrick White round out the roster for Team USA.

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Title: Team USA Basketball Has Plenty Of Options For Their Starting Lineup
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