2024 Blues Music Awards winners announced

The Blues Foundation announced its winners for the 2024 Blues Music Awards Thursday night in Memphis, Tennessee.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was the big winner of the night hauling in four awards including “Album of the Year” for Live in London.

Other multiple award winners included Mike Zito, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, and John Primer.

See the full list of winners below.

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Beth Hart
Bobby Rush (WINNER)
Lil’ Ed Williams
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Vanessa Collier

Album of the Year

Live In London, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (WINNER)
SoulFunkn’BLUES, Blackburn Brothers
Soul Side of Sipp, Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Get Your Back Into It!, Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling

Band of the Year

Larkin Poe
Nick Moss Band (WINNER)
Selwyn Birchwood Band
Southern Avenue
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Song of the Year

“Bobby’s Blues” written by Brooke Blackburn
“Horns Below Her Halo” written by Selwyn Birchwood
“Midnight Heat” written by Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
“The Bait In the Snare” written by Nick Moss
“What Kind Of Fool” written by Ruthie Foster, Hadden Sayers & Scottie Miller (WINNER)

Best Emerging Artist Album

When the Levee Breaks: The Music of Memphis Minnie, Candice Ivory
The Right Man, D.K. Harrell (WINNER)
Up Next, Mathias Lattin
Everybody’s Buddy, Nic Clark
Motel Mississippi, Tony Holiday

Acoustic Blues Album

Wild Ox Moan, Catfish Keith
Raw Blues 1, Doug MacLeod (WINNER)
Sticks & Strings, EG Kight
Ridin’ the Blinds, Hudspeth & Taylor
Ghost Hymns, William Lee Ellis

Blues Rock Album

POWER, Anna Popovic
Writing On The Wall, Coco Montoya
Blues Deluxe Vol. 2, Joe Bonamassa
Blood Brothers, Mike Zito/ Albert Castiglia (WINNER)
What Key Is Trouble In?, Nick Schnebelen

Contemporary Blues Album

Live In London, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (WINNER)
Ridin’, Eric Bibb
Behind The Veil, Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind
Healing Time, Ruthie Foster
Exorcist, Selwyn Birchwood

Soul Blues Album

Stuff I’ve Been Through, Alabama Mike
SoulFunkin’ BLUES, Blackburn Brothers
All My Love For You, Bobby Rush (WINNER)
Walking Heart Attack, Johnny Rawls
Soul Side of Sipp, Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)

Traditional Blues Album

Nothing But Time, Monster Mike Welch
Get Your Back Into It!, Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Savoy, Taj Mahal
Oscar’s Motel, The Cash Box Kings

Acoustic Blues Artist

Catfish Keith
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Keb’ Mo’ (WINNER)
Kevin Burt

Blues Rock Artist

Anna Popovic
Joe Bonamassa
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito (WINNER)
Warren Haynes

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Carolyn Wonderland
Danielle Nicole (WINNER)
Janiva Magness
Teresa James
Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Chris Cain
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (WINNER)
Marquise Knox
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
Selwyn Birchwood

Soul Blues Female Artist

Annika Chambers (WINNER)
Kat Riggins
Terrie Odabi
Thornetta Davis
Trudy Lynn

Soul Blues Male Artist

Alabama Mike
Billy Price
John Nemeth (WINNER)
Johnny Rawls
William Bell

Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)

Diunna Greenleaf
Rhiannon Giddens
Shaun Murphy
Sue Foley (WINNER)
Teeny Tucker

Traditional Blues Male Artist

Billy Branch
Cedric Burnside
John Primer (WINNER)
Jontavious Willis
Nick Moss

Instrumentalist – Bass

Bob Stroger (WINNER)
Larry Fulcher
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Rodrigo Mantovani
Willie Weeks

Instrumentalist – Drums

Derrick D’Mar Martin
June Core
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (WINNER)
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist – Guitarist

Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (WINNER)
Derek Trucks
Laura Chavez
Sue Foley

Instrumentalist – Harmonica

Billy Branch
Bob Corritore
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci (WINNER)
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist – Horn

Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Mark Kaz Kazanoff
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier (WINNER)

Instrumentalist – Piano (Pinetop Perkins Award)

Ben Levin
Dave Keyes
Jim Pugh
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (WINNER)
Mitch Woods

Instrumentalist – Vocals

Billy Price
Diunna Greenleaf
John Nemeth
Ruthie Foster (WINNER)
Shemekia Copeland

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11 thoughts on “2024 Blues Music Awards winners announced

  • So happy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram had such a great night! I buy the real thing, and that is one great record!

  • Very surprised and disappointed that Samantha Fish was left out. Not even nominated. Great talent, great voice, great songwriter and FANTASTIC GUITARIST! Works so hard to bring blues rock music to the people. Top it all off, she is a sweetheart and great to her fans!

  • Anthony Gomes had his album High Voltage Blues on the Billboard charts for some 58 weeks & he didn’t even get a nod. As far as I can tell, the BF has completely ignore him.

    • Right ?!??!?? He is amazing ! Wonder why he is no included?

  • If there was a Young Blues Artist of The Year catagory, It would have to be 19 year old guitarist Toby Lee. Check him out, he is awesome.

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  • Very disappointed that Bob Corritore did win. In the Harmonica category. He is still my favorite.

    • Mine too!!! I was quite surprised and very disappointed!!

  • A coupla thoughts:
    1. No one is doing more important blues recordings than Shemekia Copeland over the past 5 years
    2. Where the heck is Buddy Guy, arguably the greatest living blues artist, who has released one great album after another in recent years (thank you Tom Hambridge!).
    3. Dion? Who’s putting out more good blues music than Dion Dimucci?
    4. How about an International Award, so we can recognize artists like Colin James, Crystal Shawanda, Harrison Kennedy, Blue Moon Marquee, Matt Anderson, Thorbjorn Risager, Elles Bailey, etc.
    5. Really happy to see artists like Sue Foley, Mike Zito, Ruthie Foster, Doug Macleod, etc. get recognition

    • And Taj Farrant


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