Blues Music Award

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The Blues Music Awards are presented by the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to foster blues heritage. The awards, started in 1980, are according to Offbeat music magazine "universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music."[1]

The awards were formerly known as the W. C. Handy Awards (or "The Handys"), however, they were renamed in 2006 in an effort to increase public appreciation of the significance of the awards.[2]

The Awards had been presented annually in Memphis, Tennessee, where the Blues Foundation is located, although the 2008 award ceremony was held in Tunica, Mississippi.[3]

The 34th Blues Music Awards were held on May 9, 2013, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.[4]

Blues Music Awards 2011[edit]

2011 awards
Category Winner
Acoustic Album of the Year Last Train to Bluesville, The Nighthawks
Acoustic Artist of the Year John Hammond
Album of the Year Living Proof, Buddy Guy
B.B King Entertainer of the Year Buddy Guy
Band of the Year The Derek Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut Matt Hill, On the Floor
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year Living Proof, Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Robin Rogers
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year Buddy Guy
DVD Ruf, Songs From The Road, Luther Allison
Historical Album of the Year Delta (Koko, Pinetop, Nappy Brown, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, et al.)
Instrumentalist-Bass Bob Stroger
Instrumentalist-Drums Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Guitar Derek Trucks
Instrumentalist-Harmonica Charlie Musselwhite
Instrumentalist-Horn Eddie Shaw
Instrumentalist-Other Sonny Rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) Ruthie Foster
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Dr. John
Rock Blues Album of the Year Live! In Chicago, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett
Song of the Year "Living Proof", (Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy), Living Proof, Buddy Guy
Soul Blues Album of the Year Nothing's Impossible, Solomon Burke
Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year Solomon Burke
Traditional Blues Album of the Year Joined At the Hip, Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year Charlie Musselwhite[5]


  1. ^ "2013 Blues Awards Nominees Announced". Offbeat. December 10, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Blues Foundation Homepage". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  5. ^ Blues Music Awards 2011 - A Delta Bohemian Perspective. (2011-05-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-07.

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