The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, has announced the winners for the organization’s 32nd annual Blues Music Awards after holding an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Some 1,400 blues people gathered at the Cook Convention Centre to attend the festivities.
Once again, Buddy Guy turned out the star of the show. To add to his Lifetime Achievement Award from last year, Buddy took the stage no less than five times to receive BMAs. “You don’t hear a lot of blues in the radio these days. I’ve been fighting for it, and nothing’s gonna stop me from playing the blues”, he pointed out.
A massive cavalcade of artists played live during the six-hours-or-so event. Steve Miller Band, the opening act, was one of the most awaited performers. They played a blues-rich, 30-minute set even though the Band is best known for their rock hits such as “Fly Like an Eagle”, which, unsurprisingly enough, was heard as the closing number.
The Blues Foundation handed out the Awards for the 32nd time.
Blues Music Awards 2011, complete list of winners
Traditional Blues Album: Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Joined At the Hip
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Living Proof
Traditional Blues Male Artist: Charlie Musselwhite
Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist: Solomon Burke
Soul Blues Album: Solomon Burke, Nothing’s Impossible
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Robin Rogers
Acoustic Artist: John Hammond
Album: Buddy Guy, Living Proof
B.B. King Entertainer: Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor Award: Ruthie Foster
Band: The Derek Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut: Matt Hill, On the Floor
Song of the Year: Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy, “Living Proof”
Acoustic Album: The Nighthawks, Last Train to Bluesville
Rock Blues Album: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett ; Live! In Chicago
Historical Album: Bob Corritore & Friends, Harmonica Blues
DVD: Luther Allison, “Songs from the Road”
Instrumentalist-Guitar: Derek Trucks
Instrumentalist- Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Dr. John
Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw
Instrumentalist-Bass: Bob Stroger
Instrumentalist-Other: Sonny Rhodes (lap steel)
Website The Blues Foundation : www.blues.org