Here are the 2021 Blues Music Awards winners

Here are the Blues Music Awards winners, announced at ceremonies last night (June 6), listed in bold, with the nominees in each category:

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Shemekia Copeland 
Rick Estrin 
John Németh 
Sugaray Rayford 
Lil’ Ed Williams 

Album of the Year
100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite 
Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush 
Rise Up, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 
Too Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie 
Uncivil War, Shemekia Copeland

Band of the Year
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues Allstars 
John Németh & The Blue Dreamers 
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats 
Southern Avenue 
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 

Song of the Year
“All My Dues Are Paid” – written by Kathy Murray, Rick Estrin, Frank Bey, Kid Andersen (performed by Frank Bey) 
“All Out of Tears” – written by Walter Trout, Marie Trout, and Teeny Tucker (performed by Walter Trout) 
“Blues Comin’ On” – written by Dion DiMucci and Mike Aquilina (performed by Dion Feat. Joe Bonamassa) 
“Is It Over” – written by Don Bryant and Scott Bomar (performed by Don Bryant) 
“Uncivil War” – written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough (performed by Shemekia Copeland) 

Best Emerging Artist Album
Hard Workin‘ Man, Andrew Alli 
Harlem, King Solomon Hicks 
Here I Come, Jose Ramirez 
High Risk Low Reward, Ryan Perry 
Peace In Pieces, Betty Fox Band

Acoustic Blues Album
Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods, Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods 
Prove It On Me, Rory Block 
Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush 
Three Pints of Gin, Richard Ray Farrell 
Traveling Man – Live, Watermelon Slim 

Blues Rock Album
Ain’t Done Yet, Savoy Brown 
Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis 
Mike Zito and Friends – Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry, Mike Zito 
Mississippi Suitcase, Peter Parcek 
Ordinary Madness, Walter Trout

Contemporary Blues Album
Cry Out, Kat Riggins 
My Blues Pathway, Kirk Fletcher 
Self-Made Man, Larkin Poe 
Stronger Than Strong, John Németh 
Uncivil War, Shemekia Copeland

Soul Blues Album
All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey 
Found! One Soul Singer, Sonny Green 
That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band 
Where Have All The Soul Men Gone, Johnny Rawls 
You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant 

Traditional Blues Album
100 Years of Blues, Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite 
Blueswoman, Nora Jean Wallace 
Every Day of Your Life, Jimmy Johnson 
Rise Up, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 
Too Far From the Bar, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie

Acoustic Blues Artist
Dom Flemons 
Catfish Keith 
Harrison Kennedy 
Doug MacLeod 
Keb‘ Mo’

Blues Rock Artist
Tinsley Ellis 
Reverend Peyton 
Ana Popovic 
Mike Zito

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Shemekia Copeland 
Samantha Fish 
Sue Foley 
Ruthie Foster 
Shaun Murphy

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Selwyn Birchwood 
Chris Cain 
Rick Estrin 
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 
J.P. Soars 

Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers 
Thornetta Davis 
Bettye LaVette 
Dorothy Moore 
Terrie Odabi 

Soul Blues Male Artist
William Bell 
Don Bryant 
John Németh 
Johnny Rawls 
Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)
Rory Block 
Rhiannon Giddens 
Diunna Greenleaf 
Trudy Lynn 
Teeny Tucker

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Branch 
Sugar Ray Norcia 
John Primer 
Jontavious Willis 
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist – Bass
Willie J. Campbell 
Larry Fulcher 
Danielle Nicole 
Patrick Rynn 
Michael “Mudcat” Ward 

Instrumentalist – Drums
Tony Braunagel 
June Core 
Derrick “D’Mar” Martin 
Bernard Purdie 
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith 

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen 
Chris Cain 
Laura Chavez 
Kirk Fletcher 
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch 
Rick Estrin 
Dennis Gruenling 
Jason Ricci 
Kim Wilson 

Instrumentalist – Horn
Mindi Abair 
Jimmy Carpenter 
Doug James 
Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff 
Nancy Wright 

Instrumentalist – Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award)
Mike Finnigan 
Anthony Geraci 
Johnny Iguana 
Bruce Katz 
Jim Pugh 

Instrumentalist – Vocals
Thornetta Davis 
Ruthie Foster 
John Németh 
Sugar Ray Norcia 
Sugaray Rayford 

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