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Amanda Smith crowned 2014 IBMA 'Female Vocalist of the Year'

Posted Oct 4, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
Amanda Smith was honored as the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) winner for "Female Vocalist of the Year."
Bluegrass singer Amanda Smith
Bluegrass singer Amanda Smith
Courtesy of Amanda Smith's official website
This year's award ceremony was held on October 2 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was co-hosted by Grammy-winning artists Jerry Douglas (from Alison Krauss and Union Station) and Lee Ann Womack.
This marks Amanda's first win in this prestigious IBMA category. She bested such acclaimed female vocalists as Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Krauss, last year's winner Claire Lynch, and Rhonda Vincent.
Back in August, she had thanked IBMA voters for considering her for a nomination in the IBMA 'Female Vocalist' category. "I just want to thank everyone who has always believed in our music and has been so good to us through the years. I'm so blessed," Smith said, in an article on her homepage.
At this year's IBMA show, Kenny was nominated for "Guitar Player of the Year." Throughout their career, Amanda and her husband, Kenny Smith, have opened for such iconic artists as George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Montgomery Gentry.
To learn more about Kenny and Amanda Smith, check out their official website, and visit them on Facebook.