Donna Ulisse left Raleigh last week named the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the Year. It is an award she had been nominated for the past four years in a row with 2016 making it her fifth nomination. Having never won it caused her to often joke that she was the IBMA's Susan Lucci in reference to Lucci going nineteen years before winning an Emmy for best Daytime Soap Actress. When former winner Becky Buller announced the award, she smiled at Ulisse's table and said, "You are no longer the Susan Lucci of this award."
The International Bluegrass Music Association recently made their announcement of the nominees for Songwriter of the Year and Donna's name was on the list for the fifth year in a row!