Singer Rhonda Vincent was the big winner at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (Spbgma) on Sunday (08Feb15) after deciding to attend the Tennessee prizegiving instead of heading to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards.
The I'm Not Over You hitmaker lost out on the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy to The Earls of Leicester, but she was all smiles at the Spbgmas in Nashville after picking up the Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist (Contemporary) titles.
It was also a great night for her group, The Rage, which took home the Bluegrass Band of the Year, while member Hunter Berry was named Fiddle Performer of the Year and Josh Williams was honoured with the Master's Gold Award for winning the Guitar Performer of the Year accolade 10 consecutive times.
Celebrating the achievements, Vincent said, "It's an incredible moment in time for us... We are so thankful for the support of our music; the promoters and venues who host our shows, and our friends who join us at the shows. We couldn't do it without you. We appreciate each and every award. I am very honoured and so proud of the incredible world class musicians that make up The Rage."
Traditional vocalist James King was also awarded the Master's Gold title, while Farm Hands star Tim Graves was inducted into the Spbgma's Preservation Hall of Greats just moments after landing the Dobro Player of the Year prize for the 10th time.
His Farm Hands band was also victorious, landing the Gospel Group (Contemporary) and Entertaining Group awards.
Tom T. Hall was another double winner, earning the best song prize for That's Kentucky, while he and his late wife Dixie picked up the Best songwriter gong.
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