(Memphis TN) – The Blues Foundation has announced the winners at the 45th Annual Blues Music Awards that took place May 9 in Memphis.

Guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was the night’s biggest winner, taking home four awards, including “Album of the Year” for Live In London. Mike Zito, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster and John Primer also garnered multiple awards. Congratulations to all this year’s winners!

Doug MacLeod performs during the 45th annual Blues Music —photo by Roger Stephenson.

2024 Blues Music Awards Winners

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Bobby Rush

Album of the Year
Live In London, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Band of the Year
Nick Moss Band

Song of the Year
“What Kind Of Fool”
written by Ruthie Foster, Hadden Sayers & Scottie Miller

Best Emerging Artist Album
The Right Man, D.K. Harrell

Acoustic Blues Album
Raw Blues 1, Doug MacLeod

Blues Rock Album
Blood Brothers, Mike Zito/ Albert Castiglia

Contemporary Blues Album
Live In London, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Soul Blues Album
All My Love For You, Bobby Rush

Traditional Blues Album

Acoustic Blues Artist
Keb’ Mo’

Blues Rock Artist
Mike Zito

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Danielle Nicole

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers

Soul Blues Male Artist
John Nemeth

Traditional Blues Female Artist(Koko Taylor Award)
Sue Foley

Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Primer

Instrumentalist – Bass
Bob Stroger

Instrumentalist – Drums
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Jason Ricci

Instrumentalist – Horn
Vanessa Collier

Instrumentalist – Piano(Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award)
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Instrumentalist – Vocals
Ruthie Foster

BMA winner Ruthie Foster receives her award for Instrumentalist- Vocals during the 45th Blues Music Awards—photo by Roger Stephenson.