Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album

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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album
Awarded forquality contemporary blues albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1988
Currently held byFantastic Negrito, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (2021)

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album was awarded from 1988 to 2011 and from 2017 onwards. Until 1992 the award was known as Best Contemporary Blues Performance and in 1989 was awarded to a song rather than to an album.

The award was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy season in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012 onwards, the category was merged with the Best Traditional Blues Album category to form the new Best Blues Album category. However, in 2016 the Grammy organisation decided to revert the situation back to the pre-2012 era, with two separate categories for traditional and contemporary blues recordings respectively.[1]

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year.


Three-time winner Robert Cray.
Three-time winner Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Four-time winner Buddy Guy.
Four-time winner Keb' Mo.
Three-time winner Taj Mahal.
2004 winner Etta James.
2007 winner Irma Thomas.
Three-time winner Fantastic Negrito.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1988 The Robert Cray Band Strong Persuader
1989 The Robert Cray Band Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble In Step
1991 Jimmie Vaughan & Stevie Ray Vaughan Family Style
1992 Buddy Guy Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
1993 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble The Sky Is Crying
1994 Buddy Guy Feels Like Rain
1995 Pops Staples Father Father
1996 Buddy Guy Slippin' In
1997 Keb' Mo' Just Like You
1998 Taj Mahal Señor Blues
1999 Keb' Mo' Slow Down
2000 The Robert Cray Band Take Your Shoes Off
2001 Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band Shoutin' in Key
2002 Delbert McClinton Nothing Personal
2003 Solomon Burke Don't Give Up on Me
2004 Etta James Let's Roll
2005 Keb' Mo' Keep It Simple
2006 Delbert McClinton Cost of Living
2007 Irma Thomas After the Rain
2008 J. J. Cale & Eric Clapton The Road to Escondido
2009 Dr. John & The Lower 911 City That Care Forgot
2010 The Derek Trucks Band Already Free [2]
2011 Buddy Guy Living Proof [3]
2012 Awarded to Grammy Award for Best Blues Album
2017 Fantastic Negrito The Last Days of Oakland [4]
2018 Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' TajMo
2019 Fantastic Negrito Please Don't Be Dead
2020 Gary Clark Jr. This Land
2021 Fantastic Negrito Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
2022 Christone "Kingfish" Ingram 662


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