Saturday, January 30, 2021

GOOD LUCK! Local & Canadian 2021 Blues Music Awards Nominees - Updated with winners

Below is a complete list of nominees. Winners are also listed.

Canadians are in bold.

Acoustic Blues Artist

Contemporary Blues Female
Acoustic Blues Album


  • Shemekia Copeland WINNER!
  • Rick Estrin 
  • John Németh 
  • Sugaray Rayford 
  • Lil’ Ed Williams 
  • Anthony Geraci and The Boston Blues Allstars 
  • John Németh and The Blue Dreamers 
  • Rick Estrin and The Nightcats WINNER!
  • Southern Avenue 
  • Sugar Ray and The Bluetones 
  • “All My Dues Are Paid” – written by Kathy Murray, Rick Estrin, Frank Bey, Kid Andersen (performed by Frank Bey) 
  • “All Out of Tears” – written by Walter Trout, Marie Trout, and Teeny Tucker (performed by Walter Trout) WINNER!
  • “Blues Comin’ On” – written by Dion DiMucci and Mike Aquilina (performed by Dion Feat. Joe Bonamassa) 
  • “Is It Over” – written by Don Bryant and Scott Bomar (performed by Don Bryant) 
  • “Uncivil War” – written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough (performed by Shemekia Copeland) 
Best Emerging Artist
  • Hard Workin‘ Man, Andrew Alli 
  • Harlem, King Solomon Hicks WINNER!
  • Here I Come, Jose Ramirez 
  • High Risk Low Reward, Ryan Perry 
  • Peace In Pieces, Betty Fox Band 
Blues Rock Artist
  • Tinsley Ellis 
  • Reverend Peyton 
  • Ana Popovic 
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd 
  • Mike Zito WINNER!
Blues Rock Album
  • Ain’t Done Yet, Savoy Brown 
  • Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis 
  • Mike Zito and Friends – Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Mike Zito WINNER!
  • Mississippi Suitcase, Peter Parcek 
  • Ordinary Madness, Walter Trout
Contemporary Blues Album
  • Cry Out, Kat Riggins 
  • My Blues Pathway, Kirk Fletcher 
  • Self-Made Man, Larkin Poe 
  • Stronger Than Strong, John Németh 
  • Uncivil War, Shemekia Copeland WINNER!
Soul Blues Male Artist
  • William Bell 
  • Don Bryant 
  • John Németh 
  • Johnny Rawls 
  • Curtis Salgado WINNER!
Soul Blues Album
  • All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey 
  • Found! One Soul Singer, Sonny Green 
  • That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band WINNER!
  • Where Have All The Soul Men Gone, Johnny Rawls 
  • You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
  • Rory Block WINNER!
  • Rhiannon Giddens 
  • Diunna Greenleaf 
  • Trudy Lynn 
  • Teeny Tucker
Traditional Blues Male Artist
  • Billy Branch 
  • Sugar Ray Norcia 
  • John Primer WINNER!
  • Jontavious Willis 
  • Kim Wilson
Traditional Blues Album
  • 100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite WINNER!
  • Blueswoman, Nora Jean Wallace 
  • Every Day of Your Life, Jimmy Johnson 
  • Rise Up, Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters 
  • Too Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
  • Selwyn Birchwood 
  • Chris Cain 
  • Rick Estrin 
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram WINNER!
  • J.P. Soars 
  • Thornetta Davis 
  • Ruthie Foster WINNER!
  • John Németh 
  • Sugar Ray Norcia 
  • Sugaray Rayford 
  • Christoffer “Kid” Andersen 
  • Chris Cain 
  • Laura Chavez 
  • Kirk Fletcher 
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram WINNER!
  • Willie J. Campbell 
  • Larry Fulcher 
  • Danielle Nicole WINNER!
  • Patrick Rynn 
  • Michael “Mudcat” Ward 
  • Tony Braunagel 
  • June Core 
  • Derrick “D’Mar” Martin 
  • Bernard Purdie 
  • Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith WINNER!
  • Billy Branch 
  • Rick Estrin 
  • Dennis Gruenling 
  • Jason Ricci 
  • Kim Wilson WINNER!
  • Mike Finnigan 
  • Anthony Geraci WINNER!
  • Johnny Iguana 
  • Bruce Katz 
  • Jim Pugh 
  • Mindi Abair 
  • Jimmy Carpenter WINNER!
  • Doug James 
  • Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff 
  • Nancy Wright 

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