The 2020 Blues Music Award CDs & Vinyl LPs Are Included At The Bottom Of This Page
The Blues Foundation is excited to share with you the full list of Nominations for the 41st Blues Music Awards!
And your 2020 Blues Music Awards Nominees are:
Acoustic Blues Album Sponsored by Newman, DeCoster Catfish Crawl Catfish Keith Confessin’ My Dues Terry Robb Good as Your Last Dollar, Fruteland Jackson Solo Ride Bruce Katz This Guitar and Tonight Bob Margolin
Acoustic Blues Artist Sponsored by Folk Alliance International Eric Bibb Guy Davis Rhiannon Giddens Fruteland Jackson Doug MacLeod
Album of the Year Sponsored by Rum Boogie Café & Blues Hall Church of the Blues Watermelon Slim Hail to The Kings! The Cash Box Kings Kingfish Christone “Kingfish” Ingram The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp Toronzo Cannon Roots and Branches: The Songs of Little Walter Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Sponsored by B.B. King’s Blues Club Billy Branch Rick Estrin Sugaray Rayford Bobby Rush Mavis Staples
Band of the Year The Cash Box Kings The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling Rick Estrin and the Nightcats Southern Avenue Sugaray Rayford Band
Best Emerging Artist Album Before Me Ben Levin Folie a deux Hudspeth & Taylor Kingfish Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Spectacular Class Jontavious Willis Through My Eyes John “Blues” Boyd
Blues Rock Album Killin’ It Live Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Masterpiece Albert Castiglia Reckless Heart Joanne Shaw Taylor Survivor Blues Walter Trout Up and Rolling North Mississippi Allstars
Blues Rock Artist Sponsored by Landmark Band Albert Castiglia Tommy Castro Tinsley Ellis Eric Gales Walter Trout
Contemporary Blues Album Contemporary Rick Estrin and The Nightcats Don’t Pass Me By: A Tribute to Sean Costello Various Artists Kingfish Christone “Kingfish” Ingram The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp Toronzo Cannon Venom & Faith Larkin Poe
Contemporary Blues Female Artist Diane Blue Vanessa Collier Shemekia Copeland Samantha Fish Janiva Magness
Contemporary Blues Male Artist Toronzo Cannon Gary Clark Jr. Luther Dickinson Rick Estrin Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Instrumentalist Bass Willie J. Campbell Patrick Rynn Bill Stuve Larry Taylor Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Instrumentalist Drums Tony Braunagel Cedric Burnside June Core Derrick D’Mar Martin Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
Instrumentalist Guitar Christoffer “Kid” Andersen Laura Chavez Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Junior Watson “Monster” Mike Welch
Instrumentalist Harmonica Sponsored by Hohner Harmonica Billy Branch Rick Estrin Dennis Gruenling Brandon Santini Kim Wilson
Song of the Year “Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues” written by Rebecca Lovell “Lucky Guy” written by Nick Moss “Resentment File” written by Rick Estrin, Joe Louis Walker, and JoJo Russo “Time To Get Movin’” written by Eric Corne “The Wine Talkin’” written by Joe Nosek, John Hahn, and Oscar Wilson
Soul Blues Album Dog Eat Dog Billy Price Keep On Southern Avenue Real Street Tad Robinson Sitting on Top of the Blues Bobby Rush Somebody Save Me Sugaray Rayford
Soul Blues Female Artist Annika Chambers Thornetta Davis Bettye LaVette Terrie Odabi Vaneese Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist Billy Price Sugaray Rayford Tad Robinson Curtis Salgado Wee Willie Walker
Traditional Blues Album Church of the Blues Watermelon Slim Hail to the Kings! The Cash Box Kings Lucky Guy! The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling Roots and Branches – The Songs of Little Walter Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues Spectacular Class Jontavious Willis
Traditional Blues Female Artist Koko Taylor Award Rory Block Sue Foley Mary Lane Trudy Lynn Teeny Tucker
Traditional Blues Male Artist Lurrie Bell Billy Branch John Primer Jimmie Vaughan Jontavious Willis
Blues Foundation members are invited to vote for the Blues Music Awards. The ballot will be open for voting current by Blues Foundation members only until 6pm Eastern/5pm Central/3pm Pacific on Friday, February 28, 2020.
To become a Blues Foundation member, visit www.blues.org and click on the Join button to learn about the different membership levels and how to easily and securely join online. Upon membership confirmation, new and renewing members will be sent instructions on how to access the 2020 Blues Music Awards Ballot.
If you do not remember your membership login or need assistance logging in, please contact Keisha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-527-2583, ext. 10.
The 41st Blues Music Awards will be held on May 7, 2020 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, TN beginning at 6:30pm sharp. The Blue Carpet will lead to the theater with doors opening at 5:30pm.
Ticket prices will range from individual seats at $80 per ticket to full boxes of 10 for $2,500 per box. Most seats are at the $150 per person price point. All tickets (unless otherwise noted) include a pass to the BMAAfter Party immediately following the show, to include attendance by and celebration of all nominees, buffet dinner, cash bars, live nominee performances, and more!
Tickets may also be purchased for the 2020 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, May 6 at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Doors will open at 5:15pm with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30pm and the Induction Ceremony inside the Halloran Theatre at 6:30pm sharp.
The 2020 Blues Music Awards Host Hotel is the Sheraton Memphis Downtown!
You will soon be able to book your room at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown, conveniently located across the street from the BMA venue. The Blues Foundation discounted room block must have your reservation by April 14. Please visit blues.org in the near future to access the direct reservation link