Thursday night is the Blues Music Awards ceremony. The BMAs are referred to as the “Blues Grammys” but this event is so much more fan based. What other music award has the nominees seated among the regular paying customers/fans. You get the chance to say hello to the nominees and shake the winner’s hand. I cannot stress enough how this is so much a fan time and it gives the artists time to share with their fans.
I have split up the blog to make it easier to post. The actual BMA starts with cocktails and music. Then attendees move to the big hall for dinner and the Awards. Again entertainment goes through the evening roughly 7 pm to 1 am. The blues are interspersed with the BMA winners and their acceptance speeches.
This blog is just going to list the winners pics giving their thanks.
So here are the winners BUT first the Hall of Fame inductees were announced. This years class had 3 members: Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Weeping Tommy Brown.
Tommy Brown from Atlanta was the only one to make to Memphis. The Atlanta community came out to support their friend as they remembered his greatness and friendship. With the help of a wheelchair and oxygen Tommy Brown showed the spirit and grit he has now. Remember he was at the Hard Rock for the Wednesday Jam.
Mr. Weeping Tommy Brown Blues Hall of Fame 2015.
Acoustic Album – Timeless – John Hammond
Acoustic Artist – John Hammond
The smile got bigger as he got his second BMA of the evening.
Album – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
B.B. King Entertainer – Bobby Rush
Best New Artist Album – Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Contemporary Blues Album – Blues Americana – Keb’ Mo’
Contemporary Blues Female Artist – Janiva Magness
Instrumentalist-Bass – Lisa Mann
Instrumentalist-Drums – Jimi Bott
Instrumentalist-Harmonica – Charlie Musselwhite
Instrumentalist-Horn – Deanna Bogart
Rock Blues Album – Step Back – Johnny Winter
Accepting were bandmate and manager Paul Nelson and Johnny’s widow.
Song – “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
Soul Blues Album – Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Blues Male Artist – Bobby Rush
Soul Blues Female Artist – somehow I missed this one, so here are the nominees.
Other winners –
Historical – Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
Traditional Blues Album – For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Traditional Blues Male Artist – Lurrie Bell
Koko Taylor Award – Ruthie Foster
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player – Marcia Ball
Instrumentalist-Guitar – Joe Bonamassa
Contemporary Blues Male Artist – Gary Clark Jr.
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