Nashville, TN (October 19, 2012) — THE ROYS have been named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year for 2012, giving them back-to-back wins in this category.Â “We sing what is in our hearts and true to our Faith,” comments Elaine Roy. Â “It was a very strong group of nominees – everyone deserved this award,” notes her brother Lee. Â “Elaine and I are so honored to win this for the second year in a row.”Â THE ROYS were named the organization’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011 and Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.
The brother/sister duo kicked off the 20th Anniversary Faith, Family & Countryâ„¢ Awards Show with a performance of the title track from their current EP, NEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm).Â The disc debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later had risen to Number 1 on Amazon’s Bluegrass Best Sellers list.
Last night’s Awards ceremony was hosted by Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander and GAC’s Storme Warren and held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Â THE ROYS shared the stage with luminaries Mac Powell (Third Day), Andy Griggs, John Berry, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more.Â The nationally-televised program aired on TCT Television Network, Total Living Network, NRB Network and Golden Eagle Broadcasting. Â Fans should check local listings for repeat air dates and times.Â Nashvillians can view the show on WKRN-TV (Channel 2) on December 23.