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 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
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
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Spectacular Class
Jontavious Willis
Through My Eyes
John “Blues” Boyd

Blues Rock Album
Killin’ It Live
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
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
Rick Estrin and The Nightcats
Don’t Pass Me By: A Tribute to Sean Costello
Various Artists
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

Instrumentalist Horn
Mindi Abair
Jimmy Carpenter
Vanessa Collier
Trombone Shorty
Nancy Wright

Instrumentalist Piano
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Bruce Katz
Dave Keyes
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Instrumentalist Vocals
Shemekia Copeland
Sugaray Rayford
Curtis Salgado
Mavis Staples
Dawn Tyler Watson

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


Click here to purchase BMA and BHOF tickets

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 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 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 BMA After 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.

Click here to purchase BMA and BHOF tickets

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 in the near future to access the direct reservation link
For more information on the Blues Music Awards, please click here.