The Full List of Blues Music Awards 2018 Nominees

On Thursday, May 10, the 39th Memphis, Tennessee’s Blues Foundation will put on the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards. The nominees include a few old favorites, but several new faces. We know this will be an evening to remember; get excited with a special look at some of this year’s nominees.



Acoustic Album of the Year

Catfish Keith—Mississippi River Blues

Doug MacLeod—Break the Chain

Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi—Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train

Harrison Kennedy—Who U Tellin’?

Mitch Woods—Friends Along The Way

Rory Block—Keepin’ Outta Trouble


Acoustic Artist

Doug McLeod

Guy Davis

Harrison Kennedy

Rory Block

Taj Mahal


Album of the Year

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


Band of the Year

The Cash Box Kings

Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter

Nick Moss Band

North Mississippi All-Stars

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats


B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Bobby Rush

Michael Ledbetter

Rick Estrin

Sugaray Rayford

Taj Mahal


Best Emerging Artist Album

Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous

Larkin Poe – Peach

Miss Freddye – Lady of the Blues

R.L. Boyce – Roll anTumble

Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue

Tas Cru – Simmered & Stewed


Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

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


Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Beth Hart

Karen Lovely

Samantha Fish

Shemekia Copeland

Vanessa Collier


Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Keb’ Mo’

Michael Ledbetter

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Selwyn Birchwood

Toronzo Cannon


Historical Album of the Year

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


Tickets for the ceremony cost $150 per person. They are available at


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