Blues Music Awards overview.
The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians. The Blues Music Awards are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members. Artistically, it is the premier blues music event in the world. It is the one and only national, even international, blues music awards show. The primary goals are, like any other awards show, to honor the best of the past year and focus public attention on the art form. The show features critically-acclaimed production, the presentation of 24 awards and unique and stellar performances by about the same number of nominated artists. Past performers have included Otis Clay, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, Keb’ Mo’, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. Each year, attendees hail the latest edition as the “best ever.”
The 2016 show will follow the format of the critically-acclaimed shows of recent years. Close to 100 nominees attend and the night is filled with their appearances and performances in a cabaret setting in the Convention Center’s ballroom. The event begins with a cocktail reception at which nominees perform. After that, attendees are seated for dinner at tables of ten. From then on it is awards and music, more awards and more music. The reception begins at 5:30 and the music continues after midnight!
Blues Music Award Nomination Process, click HERE.
Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The 37th Blues Music Awards are sponsored by AutoZone, BMI, Catfood Records, First Tennessee Foundation, Jontaar Creative Studios, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.
The Blues Music Awards are taped for later broadcast in edited versions on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville and your local public television station.
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