LOS ANGELES: Steve Martin is set to defend his title as Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards next month.
The actor’s band, Steep Canyon Rangers — which took home the honour last year — will go head-to-head for the prize with The Gibson Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, which received the most nods, a total of nine.
Other notable mentions include late guitarist Doc Watson, who scored a posthumous nomination in the Instrumental Performers of the Year category, and singer/songwriter Vince Gill, who is up for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Gongs will be handed out at the annual awards ceremony on September 27
in Nashville, Tennessee, and Father of the Bride star-turned-banjo player Martin hopes the group will again emerge victorious.