The Blues Foundation Announces the 44th Blues Music Awards Nominations

The Blues Foundation has published the list of 2023 Blues Music Awards nominees
Blues Foundations member can vote until March 20, 2023.
All Blues Foundation membership levels are elegible to vote for the Blues Music Awards
You must be a current member of The Blues Foundation to vote for the Blues Music Awards. Once you join or renew, you will receive a link to your BMA ballot. The Blues Music Award ballot closes on March 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
The 44th Blues Music Awards will be held on Thursday, May 11th 2023 at the Renasant Convention Center of Memphis.
The list of nominees as follows:

Acoustic Album
Acoustic Burnside, Duwayne Burnside
Ain’t Nobody Worried, Rory Block
Mississippi Son, Charlie Musselwhite
Thanks For Tomorrow, Harrison Kennedy
The Insurrection Blues, Corey Harris

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rhiannon Giddens
Rory Block

Album of the Year
The Blues Don’t Lie, Buddy Guy
Hard Times, John Primer
Done Come Too Far, Shemekia Copland
May Be the Last Time, John Németh
Leave the Light On, The Love Light Orchestra

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Eric Gales
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Sugaray Rayford
Tommy Castro

Band of the Year
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues Allstars
John Nemeth and the Blue Dreamers
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
Southern Avenue
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Emerging Artist Album
Buchanan Lane, Yates McKendree
Drums, Roots & Steel, DaShawn Hickman
Major League Blues, Jose Ramirez
Scream, Holler & Howl, Blue Moon Marquee
Who Is He?, Dylan Triplett
Blues Rock Album
Crown, Eric Gales
Devil May Care, Tinsley Ellis
Highs & Lows, Bernard Allison
I Got Love, Albert Castiglia
Open Road, Colin James
Blues Rock Artist
Albert Castiglia
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Tinsley Ellis
Tommy Castro
Walter Trout

Contemporary Blues Album
Blues Without You, Larry McCray
Done Come Too Far, Shemekia Copeland
Hard to Kill, Janiva Magness
I Ain’t Playin’, Diunna Greenleaf
The Blues Don’t Lie, Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Janiva Magness
Ruthie Foster
Teresa James
Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Chris Cain
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood

Instrumentalist – Bass
Bob Stroger
Danielle Nicole
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Willie J. Campbel

Instrumentalist – Drums
Chris Layton
Cody Dickinson
Derrick D’Mar Martin
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Chris Cain
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Joanna Connor
Kirk Fletcher
Laura Chavez

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch
Bob Corritore
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
John Nemeth

Instrumentalist – Horn
Deanna Bogart
Gregg Piccolo
Jimmy Carpenter
Mark Kaz Kazanoff
Sax Gordon Beadle

Instrumentalist – Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Ben Levin
Dave Keyes
Jim Pugh
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Instrumentalist – Vocals
Curtis Salgado
Danielle Nicole
Diunna Greenleaf
John Nemeth
Shemekia Copeland

Song of the Year
“Great Minds Drink Alike” Written by Jeff Schroedl
“I Want My Crown” Written by Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa, & James House
“The Blues Don’t Lie” Written by Tom Hambridge
“The Last Time” Written by John Németh
“Too Far To Be Gone” Written by John Hahn & Will Kimbrough
Soul Blues Album
Golden Girl, Trudy Lynn
Heartache by the Pound, Kirk Fletcher
In Too Deep, Sugaray Rayford
Leave the Light On, The Love Light Orchestra
Progeny, Kat Riggins
Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Kat Riggins
Thornetta Davis
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Billy Price
Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls

Traditional Blues Album
Bob Corritore & Friends: You Shocked Me Bob Corritore
Hard Times, John Primer
May Be the Last Time, John Németh
Straight From the Heart, Kenny Neal
They Called It Rhythm & Blues, Duke Robillard
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
Deitra Farr
Diunna Greenleaf
Rhiannon Giddens
Rory Block
Sue Foley

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Branch
Duke Robillard
John Primer
Johnny Burgin
Sugar Ray Norcia