Awards

NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS

National Medal of Arts Recipient - 2020

 

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Country Music Hall of Fame Member - Class of 2018

 

GRAMMY AWARDS (15 Total)

Best Country Instrumental Performance - 1983, 1984, 1986

Best Country Vocal Collaboration (with Vince Gill & Steve Wariner) - 1991

Best Country Vocal Collaboration for "Same Old Train" - 1998

Best Bluegrass Album (for Bluegrass Rules!) - 1998

Best Bluegrass Album (for Ancient Tones) - 1999

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year (for Soldier of the Cross) - 2000

Best Country Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals (for song, "A Simple Life") - 2003

Best Bluegrass Album (for Brand New Strings) - 2004

Best Musical Album for Children - Various Artists (for Songs From the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers) - 2005

Best Bluegrass Album (for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals) - 2006

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year (with The Whites for Salt of the Earth) - 2007

Best Bluegrass Album (for Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass) - 2008

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (as producer for Love Remains by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family) - 2016

 

INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IBMA) HALL OF FAME

IBMA Hall of Fame Member 2018 inductee

 

INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IBMA) AWARDS

Album of the Year (for Bluegrass Rules!) - 1998

Instrumental Group of the Year (with Kentucky Thunder) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Recorded Event of the Year (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) - 2000

Instrumental Album of the Year (for Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) - 2000

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for song "Singing As We Rise" - The Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs - 2012

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for song "Sacred Memories" - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs

and Sharon White Skaggs - 2017 (tie)

 

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) AWARDS

Male Vocalist of the Year - 1982

Horizon Award - 1982

Instrumental Group of the Year - 1983, 1984, 1985

Entertainer of the Year - 1985

Vocal Duo of the Year (with Sharon White Skaggs) - 1987

Vocal Event of the Year (with Mark O'Connor & New Nashville Cats) - 1991

 

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) AWARDS

New Male Vocalist - 1981

Touring Band of the Year - 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

Best Specialty Instrument (Mandolin) - 1984, 1987

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award - 2012

 

MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME

Musicians Hall of Fame Member 2016 inductee

 

TNN/MUSIC CITY NEWS AWARDS

Bluegrass Act of the Year - 1982, 1983, 1984

Star of Tomorrow - 1983

Instrumentalist of the Year - 1988, 1989, 1990

Vocal Collaboration of the Year (with Vince Gill & Patty Loveless) - 1996

 

GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) HALL OF FAME

GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member 2012 inductee

 

GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) DOVE AWARDS

Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for "Are You Afraid to Die?" - 2001

Bluegrass Recorded Album of the Year for Salt of the Earth with The Whites - 2008

 

AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION (AMA) AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist - 2015

 

INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC (ICM) AWARDS

Musician of the Year, Christian Country Music Association - 1994, 1995

Musician of the Year - 2008, 2011

Mainstream Country Artist (with The Whites) - 2008

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist (with The Whites) - 2008 

Mainstream Country Artist - 2009

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist - 2010

Entertainer of the Year - 2011

 

FRET'S MAGAZINE READER'S POLL

Best Instrumentalist - 1980

Overall Best Instrumentalist - 1981

Best Multi-Instrumentalist - 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988

 

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS

Radio & Records Best New Artist - 1982

Billboard Magazine's Artist of the Year - 1983

White Dove Award, Ralph Stanley's Bluegrass Festival - 1982

Country A #1 Best - March 12, 1983

Super Country Band - March 12, 1983

Cashbox Magazine Male Vocalist of the Year - 1984 

Country's Best of the Best - August 26, 1984

Best Selling Country Album by Male Artist (for Don't Cheat in our Hometown), NARM 'Gift of Music' Award - 1984

American Video Awards, Best Country Video for "Country Boy" - 1985 

Most Popular International (Male) Solo, The Country Music Round-Up Awards (England) - 1986

Country String Instrumentalist, Playboy Music Poll - 1986, 1989

Best Country Album, (for Love's Gonna Get Ya!), Edison Award, The Netherlands - 1987

Best Country Guitarist, Guitar Player Magazine Readers' Poll - 1987, 1988, 1989

USO 50th Anniversary Award - 1989

Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century, Musician Magazine - 1993

Christian Country Artist of the Year, Gospel Voice Diamond Award - 1993

Bluegrass/Old Time Music Album of the Year (for Bluegrass Rules!), Nashville Music Awards - 1999

Artist of the Decade, Listener's Poll Award, BBC Radio 2 - 1999

Golden Voice Bluegrass Award - 2002

Honorary Doctorate of American Heritage Arts, Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH - 2002

American Inspirations Awards, Presidential Prayer Team - 2002

CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music - 2003

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Member - 2004

Kentucky Governor's National Award - 2004

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY - 2005

Honorary Doctorate of Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA - 2008

Uncle Dave Macon Days Heritage Award – 2013

Artist-In-Residence, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – 2013

Applause Award, Belmont University, Nashville, TN – 2014

Lexington Music Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016

ASCAP Country Music Founders Award – 2016

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® - 2017

The National Fiddler Hall of Fame Member 2018 inductee