Registrations are now open for the 18th edition IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). IAMA is the preeminent award for musicians, promotes excellence in performance and the art of acoustic music. Acoustic artists of various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Musical artists have a chance to win prizes in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group / Duo Folk, Americana / Roots / AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass / Country, etc. There will also be a Global Grand Prize winner awarded to the first winner valued at over US $ 11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in the US and Canada.
In its 18th year, IAMA has a proven track record in regards to winners who have been signed and achieved the Billboard Charts. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA eight years ago and is now a global superstar with a # 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with “All About That Bass” (# 1 for 8 weeks) and # 1 on the Billboard 200 charts with his debut. The album “Title”, won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2016. Meghan again reached 89th place on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts last year with “Nice to Meet Ya”. Meghan has so far 10 astounding songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts so far, enough to release a “Greatest Hits Album” in her young career. The winning song by 2nd Annual IAMA Laureate Zane Williams was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, this song reached No. 14 on the Billboard Country Charts and No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, finalist of the 9th edition of IAMA, was a finalist on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her # 1 hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the big winner in 2008. Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, who won the Best Folk Music category at the 13th IAMA. Bertie Higgins is known for his # 1 hit “Key Largo” and his Top 10 hit “Just Another Day in Paradise”. The Bellamy brothers are known for their eleven # 1 hits “Let Your Love Flow”, “If I Said You Had a Great Body, Would You Hold It Against Me”, “Too Much Is Not Enough” and many more .
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Rod Abernethy (see photo) took top honors at the recent 17th International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) with his song “My Father Was A Quiet Man”.
“I was blown away to learn that I had won these prestigious IAMA awards. To be recognized among some of the world’s most talented musical artists is such an honor. The competition this year in all categories was amazing and I still can’t believe I won the Global Grand Prix and Best of Folk / Roots. It’s a day I’ll never forget – thank you IAMA! Said Rod.
STARS AMONG THE WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Other notable laureates include Grammy-winning songwriter and artist Frank J. Myers; he won the award for best country / bluegrass. Virtuoso guitarist Al Di Meola, Alex Sino and Leonid Agutin were finalists in the Best Group category. Successful artist Bertie Higgins was also a finalist in the Best Folk category.
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