Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album
Awarded forquality contemporary blues albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1988
Currently held byGary Clark Jr., This Land (2020)

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.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Artist Work Nominees
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 ″King of the Blues: 1989″ B.B.King

″Live from Austin″ Delbert McClinton

″Midnight Run″ Bobby Blue Bland

″Wang Dang Doodle″ Koko Taylor

1991 Jimmie Vaughan & Stevie Ray Vaughan Family Style "Jump for Joy" Koko Taylor

"Midnight Stroll" The Robert Cray Band featuring The Memphis Horns;

"Red Hot & Blue" B.B. King and Lee Atwater;

"Stickin' to My Guns" Etta James.

1992 Buddy Guy Damn Right, I've Got the Blues Albert Collins - Iceman

Charlie Musselwhite - Signature

Irma Thomas - Live - Simply The Best

Johnny Winter - Let Me In

1993 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble The Sky Is Crying “I Was Warned” Robert Cray

“Robben Ford & The Blue Line” Robben Ford & The Blue Line

“The Right Time” Etta James

“Peace to the Neighborhood” Pop Staples

1994 Buddy Guy Feels Like Rain Mystic Mile - Robben Ford and the Blue Line

Wake Up Call - John Mayall

Muddy Water Blues - A Tribute To Muddy Waters - Paul Rodgers

Hey, Where's Your Brother? - Johnny Winter

1995 Pops Staples Father Father “Shame + a Sin" - The Robert Cray Band

“Force of Nature” - Koko Taylor

“Strange Pleasure” - Jimmie Vaughan

“Bow Wow” - Johnny (Guitar) Watson

1996 Buddy Guy Slippin' In “The Man” - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown

(Live ’92-'93) - Albert Collins & the Icebreakers

"Some Rainy Morning” - Robert Cray

“Blue Night” - Percy Sledge

1997 Keb' Mo' Just Like You 'Sad Street' - Bobby Blue Bland

'Long Way Home' - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown

'A Man Amongst Men' - Bo Diddley

'Live! The Real Deal' - Buddy Guy

'Phantom Blues' - Taj Mahal

1998 Taj Mahal Señor Blues Luther Allison - Reckless

Robert Cray Band - Sweet Potato Pie

Dr. John - Trippin' Live

Boz Scaggs - Come On Home

1999 Keb' Mo' Slow Down Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson - Sing It!

Buddy Guy - Heavy Love

Etta James - Life, Love & The Blues

B.B. King - Deuces Wild

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
The Derek Trucks Band Already Free
Buddy Guy Living Proof
2012 awarded to Grammy Award for Best Blues Album
Fantastic Negrito The Last Days of Oakland
Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' TajMo
Fantastic Negrito Please Don't Be Dead
Gary Clark Jr. This Land
Winner TBA on 14 March 2021


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  7. ^ 2020 Grammy Awards nominations list
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