Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album
Awarded forquality traditional blues albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1983
Currently held byBobby Rush, Rawer Than Raw (2021)

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album was awarded from 1983 to 2011 and from 2017 onwards. Until 1992 the award was known as Best Traditional Blues Performance and was twice awarded to individual tracks rather than albums.

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 Contemporary 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.


Year Artist Work Nominees
1983 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Alright Again
1984 B.B. King Blues 'N' Jazz
1985 John P. Hammond, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Sugar Blue, Koko Taylor & the Blues Machine, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson & J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks Blues Explosion
1986 B.B. King "My Guitar Sings the Blues"
1987 Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland Showdown!
1988 Professor Longhair Houseparty New Orleans Style
1989 Willie Dixon Hidden Charms


Year Artist Work Nominees
1990 John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt "I'm in the Mood"
1991 B.B. King Live at San Quentin
1992 B.B. King Live at the Apollo
1993 Dr. John Goin' Back to New Orleans
1994 B.B. King Blues Summit
1995 Eric Clapton From the Cradle
1996 John Lee Hooker Chill Out
1997 James Cotton Deep in the Blues
1998 John Lee Hooker Don't Look Back
1999 Otis Rush Any Place I'm Going


Year Artist Work Nominees
2000 B.B. King Blues on the Bayou
2001 B.B. King & Eric Clapton Riding with the King
2002 Jimmie Vaughan Do You Get the Blues?
2003 B.B. King A Christmas Celebration of Hope
2004 Buddy Guy Blues Singer
2005 Etta James Blues to the Bone
2006 B.B. King & Friends B.B. King & Friends: 80
2007 Ike Turner Risin' with the Blues
2008 Henry James Townsend, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood Jr. & David "Honeyboy" Edwards Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas
2009 B.B. King One Kind Favor


Year Artist Work Nominees
Ramblin' Jack Elliott A Stranger Here
Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Joined at the Hip
Bobby Rush Porcupine Meat
The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome
Buddy Guy The Blues Is Alive and Well


Year Artist Work Nominees
Delbert McClinton & the Self-Made Men + Dana Tall, Dark and Handsome
Bobby Rush Rawer Than Raw


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