Nashville, Tenn. (CelebrityAccess) — Bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. & Dixie Hall, and Paul Williams have been officially inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
The induction took place during the International Bluegrass Music Awards show, hosted by Hot Rize, at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.in Raleigh, N.C.
Skaggs was inducted by his longtime friend and fellow musician, Marty Stuart.
“He’s a radical revisionist, he’s a traditionalist, he’s a keeper of the flame, he’s an innovator, he’s always keeping his music moving forward, he’s invited so many people into the world of country and bluegrass music, he has become a universal touchstone to our kind of music,” Stuart said from the stage. “Tonight, it’s my honor to ask Ricky Skaggs to come up here and receive bluegrass music’s most coveted award. I induct Ricky Skaggs, gladly, into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.”
“I appreciate this award so much,” said Skaggs upon accepting the honor. “This means so much to me because it’s the music of my youth. It’s the foundation of everything I’ve ever recorded. I want to thank the IBMA and all those who voted for me. And I want to thank the Lord Jesus. He deserves all glory.”
2018 has been a banner year for Skaggs, who has also been nominated for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.
In addition to his induction, Skaggs is lined up to headline IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on September 29th. The show will include a special collaborative performance with country music legend Patty Loveless.