BLUES FOUNDATION: Blues Music Award Winners 2011

The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, has announced the winners for the organization's 32nd annual Blues Music Awards after holding an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. This year's event was a real houserockin' blow-out, running better than seven hours and featuring performances by dozens of deserving nominees (Steve Miller, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Corritore, Manish Boys, Eddie Shaw, John Hammond, Buddy Guy). Like last year, the awards ceremony was broadcast live on XM Sirius satellite radio, on B.B. King's Bluesville channel.

There were few real surprises among this year's group of Blues Music Award nominees. There were a number of landmark albums in the blues released during 2010, among them Charlie Musselwhite's excellent The Well, Janiva Magness's The Devil Is An Angel Too, Eden Brent's Ain't Got No Troubles, and Buddy Guy's Living Proof, among others, and the aforementioned artists received multiple nominations apiece. Several artists, including Robin Rogers, John Nemeth, Tad Robinson, and Shemekia Copeland, all received one or more well-deserved nominations, and overall this year's crop of talent is pretty dang impressive. AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Acoustic Album of the Year - Last Train to Bluesville - The Nighthawks
Acoustic Artist of the Year - John Hammond
Album of the Year - Living Proof - Buddy Guy

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year - Buddy Guy
Band of the Year - The Derek Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut - On the Floor - Matt Hill
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year - Living Proof - Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year - Robin Rogers
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year - Buddy Guy
DVD - Ruf Records - Songs from the Road (Luther Allison)
Historical Album of the Year -Delta Groove - Harmonica Blues - (Bob Corritore & Friends)
Instrumentalist-Bass - Bob Stroger
Instrumentalist-Drums- Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Guitar - Derek Trucks

Instrumentalist-Harmonica - Charlie Musselwhite
Instrumentalist-Horn - Eddie Shaw
Instrumentalist-Other - Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel Guitar)
Koko Taylor Award - Ruthie Foster
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player - Dr. John
Rock Blues Album of the Year
Live! In Chicago - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett
Song of the Year - "Living Proof" - Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy
Soul Blues Album of the Year - Nothing's Impossible - Solomon Burke
Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year - Irma Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year - Solomon Burke
Traditional Blues Album of the Year - Joined At the Hip - Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year - Charlie Musselwhite

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