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Comedian, musician Steve Martin to be honored by International Bluegrass Music Association

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Movie star, comedian and Grammy-winning musician will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award.

The association on Wednesday announced special awards recipients and nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be presented on Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 69-year-old banjo player has become a bluegrass ambassador by introducing fans of his film and television work to the genre through his performances and albums with and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

The supergroup Earls of Leicester leads with five nominations, including entertainer of the year, for their tribute to legendary artists Lester Flatts and . Other nominees for entertainer of the year are Balsam Range, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers and The Band.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012 file photo, Steve Martin performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award. The association announced special awards recipients and nominees on wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be presented in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 1. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012 file photo, Steve Martin performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award. The association announced special awards recipients and nominees on wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be presented in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 1. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)
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