Blues Music Awards 2011

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


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