The 2022 Blues Music Awards are coming up (May 5, 2022) in Memphis. This will be the 43rd year for these awards, and the Nominees are…

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Tommy Castro 
Eric Gales 
Mr. Sipp
J.P. Soars 
Sugaray Rayford 
Album of the Year
Holler If You Hear Me, Altered Five Blues Band 
Not In My Lifetime, Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra 
Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley 
Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain 
Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, Tommy Castro 
Band of the Year
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra 
J.P. Soars and the Red Hots 
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials 
Sugaray Rayford Band 
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers 
Song of the Year
“Fragile Peace and Certain War”, written & performed by Carolyn Wonderland 
“Holler If You Hear Me”, written by Jeff Schroedl & Mark Solveson (performed by Altered Five Blues Band) 
“I’d Climb Mountains”, written & performed by Selwyn Birchwood 
“Real Good Lie”, written by Christine Vitale, Larry Batiste, Anthony Paule (performed by Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra) 
“Somewhere”, written by Tommy Castro & Tom Hambridge (performed by Tommy Castro)

Best Emerging Artist Album
GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It… You Might Like It!, GA-20 
Just Say The Word, Gabe Stillman 
Live On Beale Street: A Tribute To Bobby “Blue” Bland, Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band 
Welcome To The Land, Memphissippi Sounds 
You Ain’t Unlucky, Veronica Lewis 

Blues Rock Artist
Albert Castiglia 
Tommy Castro 
Tinsley Ellis 
Ana Popovic 
Joanne Shaw Taylor 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Vanessa Collier 
Thornetta Davis 
Ruthie Foster 
Danielle Nicole 
Carolyn Wonderland 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist 
Selwyn Birchwood 
Chris Cain 
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram 
Kenny Neal 
Mr. Sipp
Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers 
Trudy Lynn 
Terrie Odabi 
Kat Riggins 
Vaneese Thomas 
Soul Blues Male Artist
William Bell 
Don Bryant 
John Nemeth 
Johnny Rawls 
Curtis Salgado 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Rory Block 
Sue Foley 
Rhiannon Giddens 
Diunna Greenleaf 
EG Kight 
Traditional Blues Male Artist
Cedric Burnside 
Super Chikan 
Taj Mahal 
Sugar Ray Norcia 
Jontavious Willis

Acoustic Blues Album
Dear America, Eric Bibb 
Land of the Sky, Catfish Keith 
Let’s Get Happy Together, Maria Muldaur 
Let Loose Those Chains, Hector Anchondo 
The Trio Sessions, EG Kight 
Blues Rock Album
Alafia Moon, Damon Fowler 
Dance Songs For Hard Times, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 
Resurrection, Mike Zito 
Tinfoil Hat, Popa Chubby 
Unemployed Highly Annoyed, Jeremiah Johnson 
Contemporary Blues Album
662, Kingfish 
Damage Control, Curtis Salgado 
Holler If You Hear Me, Altered Five Blues Band 
Raisin’ Cain, Chris Cain 
Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town, Tommy Castro 
Soul Blues Album 
Let’s Have A Party, Gerald McClendon 
Long As I Got My Guitar, Zac Harmon 
Not In My Lifetime, Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra 
You Get What You Give: Duets, Dave Keller 
You Gotta Have It, Tia Carroll 
Traditional Blues Album
Be Ready When I Call You, Guy Davis 
Bob Corritore & Friends: Spider In My Stew, Bob Corritore 
Boogie w/ R.L. Boyce (Live), R.L. Boyce 
Little Black Flies, Eddie 9V 
Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley

Acoustic Blues Artist
Eric Bibb 
Kevin Burt 
Guy Davis 
Doug MacLeod 
Keb’ Mo’ 

Instrumentalist – Bass
Willie J. Campbell 
Larry Fulcher 
Jerry Jemmott 
Scot Sutherland 
Danielle Nicole 
Instrumentalist – Drums
Danny Banks 
June Core 
Tom Hambridge 
Derrick D’Mar Martin 
Chris Peet 
Instrumentalist – Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen 
Chris Cain 
Laura Chavez 
Anson Funderburgh 
Eric Gales 
J.P. Soars 
Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch 
Bob Corritore 
Jason Ricci 
Brandon Santini 
Kim Wilson 
Instrumentalist – Horn
Mindi Abair 
Jimmy Carpenter 
Marc Franklin 
Regi Oliver 
Nancy Wright 
Instrumentalist – Piano
Eden Brent 
Mike Finnigan 
Dave Keyes 
Veronica Lewis 
Jim Pugh 
Instrumentalist – Vocals
Thornetta Davis 
Ruthie Foster 
John Nemeth 
Sugaray Rayford 
Curtis Salgado