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39th Blues Music Awards Nominees

Catfish Keith – Mississippi River Blues
Doug MacLeod – Break The Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train
Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’ ?
Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble

Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Taj Mahal
Rory Block

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
TajMo – TajMo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After A While

The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter Band
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi Allstars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal

Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous
Larkin Poe – Peach
Miss Freddye – Lady Of The Blues
R.L. Boyce – Roll and Tumble
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue
Tas Cru – Simmered & Stewed

Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor
Corey Dennison Band – Night After Night
Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed
Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison
TajMo – TajMo

Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier

Keb’ Mo’
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon

Jimmy Reed, Mr Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles, Craft Recordings
John Lee Hooker, King of the Boogie, Craft Recordings
Luther Allison, A Legend Never Dies, Ruf Records
The Paul deLay Band, Live at Notodden ’97, Little Village Foundation
Various, American Epic: The Collection, Sony Legacy

Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn

Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier

Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright

Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker

Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Lay It On Down
Mike Zito – Make Blues Not War
North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer For Peace
Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’
Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together

Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout

“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up on Love” – written by Don Bryant and Scott Bomar
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take A Holiday” – written by Wee Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer For Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love
Johnny Rawls – Waiting For The Train
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Sugaray Rayford – The World That We Live In
Wee Willie Walker &The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After A While

Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas

Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

The Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Kim Wilson – Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
Various Artists – Howlin’ At Greaseland

John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Bell
R.L.Boyce
Rick Estrin

The 39th Blues Music Awards are coming in 2018!

May 10 2018 - Cook Convention Center - Memphis, TN
39th Blues Music Awards
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What are the BMAs?

This 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 and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.

Blues Music Awards Voting Process

All musicians are invited to submit their recordings for Blues Music Award consideration.

The submission process for the 39th Blues Music Awards has now closed.

Any blues recording released between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017 is eligible for 2018 Blues Music Award consideration

The submission process for Blues Music Award consideration begins with artists and record companies submitting entries one of three ways:

• The Blues Foundation accepts CDs through the year and logs them based on their release dates. All recordings sent directly to The Blues Foundation will be put on a master list for future communications regarding our submission process.

• The Blues Foundation opens the formal submission process on July 1st of each year. Musicians and their labels are encouraged to formally submit their recordings via this online application.

• Musicians and their labels may opt to send hard copies of their release(s) to be distributed to each of our nominators for a fee. This is not required, but encouraged, in order to ensure that each of our nominators has easy access to the music for their own listening and judging.


The submission for the 39th Blues Music Awards is now closed.


Category Selection

For each submission, you will be allowed to choose the category in which you feel the majority of the music on your recording falls. These choices include Acoustic Blues, Contemporary Blues, Rock Blues, Soul Blues, and Traditional Blues. All submissions will be considered for Album of the Year. If you feel that your recording represents your work as an Emerging Blues Artist, you may also choose that category for consideration. Furthermore, you will be allowed to list up to three individual songs for consideration as Song of the Year. All music will be screened ahead of ballots going to our nominators to ensure that your music does indeed fall into the category that you have chosen and that at least 51% of your recording constitutes blues music. The Blues Foundation reserves the right to move your music into a different category based upon our definitions, as follows:

Acoustic Album:That album released during the eligibility period that best represents acoustic blues, with featured instruments being acoustic (drums may be included) on over 75% of the tracks.

Contemporary Blues Album: That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix, e.g., different rhythms, different harmonies, more elaborate production values, etc. and which may offer a different approach to sounds, lyrics, instrumentation, arrangements, etc.

Rock Blues Album:That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays the Rock Blues genre, that hybrid that combines elements of blues with elements of rock, generally employing heavy amplification and driving rhythms, and which may employ non-traditional blues song structures.

Soul Blues Album:That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Southern soul blues, a type of soul music that emerged from the Southern United States. The music originates from a combination of styles, including blues (both 12 bar and jump), country, early rock and roll, and a strong gospel influence.

Traditional Blues Album:That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays traditional electric blues employing traditional blues song structures, harmonic structures and rhythms, and which may also employ instruments such as electric guitar, piano, organ, amplified harmonica, electric bass and drums. This category includes subgenres such as jump/swing blues and Chicago blues.

As you release future recordings, we encourage you to send at least one copy of your CD to:
The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103-4464. The earlier you do this the better. It informs The Blues Foundation staff that your CD has been released and allows us to log it for future BMA related communications.

The Blues Foundation enlists a group of approximately 100 blues nominators who work extensively in all areas of the blues industry.  This includes individuals with blues expertise as producers, engineers, radio DJs, journalists, academics, club owners, promoters and others with a deep knowledge of blues music. The identity of the nominators is not made public in order to protect them from outside influences.  Nominators must recuse themselves from any categories in which they have a conflict of interest.

The nominators work through two rounds in order to come up with between four and six final nominees in each category. During the first round, each nominator selects his or her three top nominees for each category. Each first selection is weighted by 3X, second selection is weighted by 2X, and third selection is weighted by 1X. The Blues Foundation Staff Moderator then calculates the number of points for each potential nominee in each category and the top 40% of nominees in each category move into Round 2. This information is not publicized.

The nominators then vote in a second round ballot and those artists and recordings receiving the most votes in each category become the final Nominees for Blues Music Awards.

A Blues Music Awards is given each year to Best Historical CD. The recipient of this category is determined by a special panel of blues experts and is not voted on by the general membership. Announcement of this award will be made during the Blues Music Awards ceremony on May 10, 2018.

All Blues Foundation members in good standing, whose dues are current, will receive a final ballot during the voting period.  Any member who renews his or her membership or joins as a new member during the voting period will also receive a ballot. Voting will open in late January and will officially close on March 1, 2018 at which point no additional ballots will be accepted.

Results of members’ voting are not known until the Blues Music Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are revealed to the public. Announcements of the winners will be shared on the Blues Foundation website in real time, during the awards ceremony.

2018 Blues Music Awards Categories and Definitions:

That album released during the eligibility period that best represents acoustic blues, with featured instruments being acoustic (drums may be included) on over 75% of the tracks.

That artist (whether solo, duo, or group) whose recordings and/or performances best represent acoustic blues during the eligibility period.

The best Blues album in any style released to the public during the eligibility period. (May be an album nominated in another category)

That performer who has best represented and promoted the blues through recordings and performances during the eligibility period.

That group, recording and/or performing as a unit, which best exemplifies blues ensemble playing during the eligibility period.

That blues recording that was released during the eligibility period for an act that has not received a prior Blues Music Award or GRAMMY® award nomination. The age of the artist is not of significance, but this award is intended for an artist who is up and coming within the blues/music scene and is at the “jumping off” point of his or her career. (Albums submitted for this category may also be submitted in other appropriate categories.)

That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Blues in which elements other than those traditionally found in Blues are part of the mix, e.g., different rhythms, different harmonies, more elaborate production values, etc., and which may offer a different approach to sounds, lyrics, instrumentation, arrangements, etc.

That female performer whose recordings and/or performances during the eligibility period best portray Contemporary Blues.

That male performer whose recordings and/or performances during the eligibility period best portray Contemporary Blues.

Determined by the Vote of a Special Committee and not open to the General Ballot

Any blues material released within the eligibility period that includes recorded music that is five years or older. This can be collections of re-released material or never before released material that is older than five years. This award is not voted upon by the membership but selected by a small committee of blues academics and experts.

That musician whose skills on the bass, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.

That musician whose skills on the drums, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.

That musician whose skills on the guitar, in performance and/or on recordings, best portrays the blues during eligibility period.

That musician whose skills on the harmonica, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during eligibility period.

That individual whose skills on any horn (including brass and woodwind instruments) in performance and/or on recordings best portray the blues during eligibility period.

That musician whose vocal skills, in performance and/or on recordings, best portrays the blues during the eligibility period. This category is open to all vocalists on recordings and stage as well as to vocalists who also play an instrument.

That female performer whose recordings and/or performance during the eligibility period best portray Traditional Electric Blues.

That musician whose skills on the keyboards, in performance and/or on recordings, best portray the blues during the eligibility period.

That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays the Rock Blues genre, that hybrid that combines elements of blues with elements of rock, generally employing heavy amplification and driving rhythms, and which may employ non-traditional blues song structures.

That performer, whether male or female, whose recordings and/or performance best portray Rock blues during the eligibility period

This award is presented to the songwriter for a first-ever recording of a song initially released to the public during the eligibility period which best portrays the blues by means of theme, structure, and overall feeling.

That album released to the public during the eligibility period that best portrays Southern soul blues, a type of soul music that emerged from the Southern United States. The music originates from a combination of styles, including blues (both 12 bar and jump), country, early rock and roll, and a strong gospel influence.

That female performer whose recordings and/or performance during the eligibility period best portray Southern Soul Blues.

That male performer whose recordings and/or performance during the eligibility period best portray Southern Soul Blues.

That album released to the public during the eligibility period with a majority of songs that best portrays traditional electric blues employing traditional blues song structures, harmonic structures and rhythms, and which may also employ instruments such as electric guitar, piano, organ, amplified harmonica, electric bass and drums. This category includes subgenres such as jump/swing blues and Chicago blues.

That male performer whose recordings and/or performance during the eligibility period best portray Traditional Electric Blues.

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