Blues Music Awards – and the Winners are

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.

Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown

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

eeDSC_0789Band – Elvin Bishop Band


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.

Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

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.

Questions/comments, I can be reached through the Blog comments or at BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella. My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.



About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

2 responses to “Blues Music Awards – and the Winners are

  1. Ed Stack

    Dom, Your new camera did a great job zooming in for these pics. Many of the people are showing their age – but the talent is not diminishing. Glad you were on hand to capture this moment.

  2. Frank Davis

    Dom, I attended the BMA’s – Great Photos and Coverage here.
    I recommend attending this event – 7 hours of great music in Memphis.
    This year was a sell out with 1,450 attendees.
    Frank Davis – Windsor CT

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