American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame members

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2014 American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame Award for Earl Scruggs

The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame, formerly known as the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame, recognizes musicians. bands, or companies that have made a distinct contribution to banjo performance, education, manufacturing, and towards promotion of the banjo. The hall of fame is a part of the American Banjo Museum located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

When the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Museum became the American Banjo Museum in 2009, its focus began to shift to be more inclusive of all banjos. Originally focusing on four-string banjo players, the hall of fame expanded in 2013 to recognize contributions from 5-string banjo players as well, allowing them to be recognized in "non-performance categories" and creating a category specific to 5-string banjo players.[1] The first 5-string banjoists were added to the hall of fame beginning in 2014.[1]

Inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2018 include Bela Fleck (5-string performance), Borgy Borgerson (4-string performance), Jim Henson (promotion), Hub Nitsche and the Banjo Newsletter (both instruction and education), and Eddie Collins (historical).[1][2] The 2019 inductees include Alison Brown (five-string performance), Johnny Baier (4-string performance), Jimmy Mazzy (4-string performance), John Hartford (historical), Bob Snow (promotion), and Janet Davis (instruction and education).[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame". American Banjo Museum. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ Hawthorn, Tom (2 December 2019). "Happy-go-lucky Mr. Banjo strummed his way into the Hall of Fame". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  3. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (18 February 2019). "OKC-based Banjo Hall of Fame announces 2019 class, including Alison Brown, Jimmy Mazzy, John Hartford". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "People, Places & Things", Frank Rossi, The Resonator, p. 18, Dec. 2011, vol 39, #4