Blues fans from all over the world tuned into the virtual broadcast of the 42nd Blues Music Awards. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members. This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

B.B. King Entertainer
Shemekia Copeland

Band of the Year
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Best Emerging Artist Album
King Solomon Hicks

Blues Rock Album
Mike Zito and Friends – Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Mike Zito

Soul Blues Album
That’s What I Heard
Robert Cray Band

Traditional Blues Album
100 Years of Blues
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Shemekia Copeland

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette

Traditional Blues Female Artist
Rory Block

Instrumentalist – Bass
Danielle Nicole

Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Instrumentalist – Horn
Jimmy Carpenter

Instrumentalist – Vocals
Ruthie Foster

lbum of the Year
100 Years of Blues
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

Song of the Year
“All Out of Tears”
written by Walter Trout, Marie Trout,
and Teeny Tucker

Acoustic Blues Album
Rawer Than Raw
Bobby Rush

Contemporary Blues Album
Uncivil War
Shemekia Copeland

Acoustic Blues Artist
Keb’ Mo’

Blues Rock Artist
Mike Zito

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Primer

Instrumentalist – Drums
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist – Piano
Anthony Geraci