2021 Blues Music Awards

Copied and pasted from the release, but perhaps of interest; a couple or three of the artists have been featured here at Fervor Coulee in the last year or so.

DION, ROBERT CRAY, RHIANNON GIDDENS, BOBBY RUSH, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, AND KEB’ MO’ ARE AMONG THE MASTERFUL MUSICIANS VYING FOR HONORS ATTHE 42nd ANNUAL BLUES MUSIC AWARDS Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, John Németh & the Blue Dreamers,and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones lead nomination count in this virtual celebration presented by The Blues Foundation on June 6, 2021

With an expansive list of nominees whose music stretches across genres, The Blues Foundation’s 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards (BMA) will reflect the widening influence of blues music and blues artists.

42nd Blues Music Award Nominees
BB King Entertainer of the YearShemekia CopelandRick EstrinJohn NémethSugaray RayfordLil’ Ed Williams

Album of the Year100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie MusselwhiteRawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush Rise Up, Ronnie Earl & The BroadcasterToo Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little CharlieUncivil War, Shemekia Copeland 

Band of the YearAnthony Geraci & The Boston Blues AllstarsJohn Németh & The Blue DreamersRick Estrin & The NightcatsSouthern AvenueSugar Ray & The Bluetones

Song of the Year“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 (performed by Walter Trout)“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 AlbumHard Workin’ Man, Andrew AlliHarlem, King Solomon HicksHere I Come, Jose RamirezHigh Risk Low Reward, Ryan PerryPeace In Pieces, Betty Fox Band

Acoustic Blues AlbumDustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods, Dustin Arbuckle & Matt WoodsProve It On Me, Rory BlockRawer Than Raw, Bobby RushThree Pints of Gin, Richard Ray FarrellTraveling Man – Live, Watermelon Slim

Blues Rock AlbumAin’t Done Yet, Savoy BrownIce Cream In Hell, Tinsley EllisMike Zito and Friends – Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Mike ZitoMississippi Suitcase, Peter ParcekOrdinary Madness, Walter Trout

Contemporary Blues AlbumCry Out, Kat RigginsMy Blues Pathway, Kirk FletcherSelf-Made Man, Larkin PoeStronger Than Strong, John NémethUncivil War, Shemekia Copeland 

Soul Blues AlbumAll My Dues Are Paid, Frank BeyFound! One Soul Singer, Sonny GreenThat’s What I Heard, Robert Cray BandWhere Have All The Soul Men Gone, Johnny RawlsYou Make Me Feel, Don Bryant

 Traditional Blues Album100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie MusselwhiteBlueswoman, Nora Jean WallaceEvery Day of Your Life, Jimmy JohnsonRise Up, Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastersToo Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie 

Acoustic Blues ArtistDom FlemonsCatfish KeithHarrison KennedyDoug MacLeodKeb’ Mo’
Blues Rock ArtistTinsley EllisReverend PeytonAna PopovicKenny Wayne ShepherdMike Zito

 Contemporary Blues Female ArtistShemekia CopelandSamantha FishSue FoleyRuthie FosterShaun Murphy
Contemporary Blues Male ArtistSelwyn BirchwoodChris CainRick EstrinChristone “Kingfish” IngramJ.P. Soars

Soul Blues Female ArtistAnnika ChambersThornetta DavisBettye LaVetteDorothy MooreTerrie Odabi

 Soul Blues Male ArtistWilliam BellDon BryantJohn NémethJohnny RawlsCurtis Salgado 

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)Rory BlockRhiannon GiddensDiunna GreenleafTrudy LynnTeeny Tucker 

Traditional Blues Male ArtistBilly BranchSugar Ray NorciaJohn PrimerJontavious WillisKim Wilson

Instrumentalist BassWillie J. CampbellLarry FulcherDanielle NicolePatrick RynnMichael “Mudcat” Ward
Instrumentalist DrumsTony BraunagelJune CoreDerrick “D’Mar” MartinBernard PurdieKenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist GuitarChristoffer “Kid” AndersenChris CainLaura ChavezKirk FletcherChristone “Kingfish” Ingram 

Instrumentalist HarmonicaBilly BranchRick EstrinDennis GruenlingJason RicciKim Wilson

 Instrumentalist HornMindi AbairJimmy CarpenterDoug JamesMark “Kaz” KazanoffNancy Wright

Instrumentalist Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award)Mike FinniganAnthony GeraciJohnny IguanaBruce KatzJim Pugh

Instrumentalist VocalsThornetta DavisRuthie FosterJohn NémethSugar Ray NoricaSugaray Rayford

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