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BMI Writers Crank Up the Volume at 2015 Blues Music Awards

Posted in News on May 17, 2015
BMI songwriter Keb’ Mo’ performs at the Blues Music Awards, showcasing songs from his latest album, the Blues Music Awards winning BluesAmericana.
BMI songwriter Keb’ Mo’ performs at the Blues Music Awards, showcasing songs from his latest album, the Blues Music Awards winning BluesAmericana.

For the last several years, Broadcast Music, Inc. has been a proud sponsor of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards, which is the highest honor given to musicians and songwriters in blues music. This year, per usual, the 36th Blues Music Awards took place before a sell-out crowd in Memphis, bringing together performers, industry representatives and fans from around the world to celebrate the best in blues recordings and performances from the previous year. During the all-night celebration, which included 20-minute musical sets by many of the biggest names in blues music, 24 awards were given with 20 of them going to BMI affiliates.

Here’s the list:

Acoustic Album
Timeless - John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
John Hammond

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush

Best New Artist Album
Don’t Call No Ambulance - Selwyn Birchwood

Contemporary Blues Album
BluesAmericana - Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Janiva Magness

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark Jr.

Historical
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967

Instrumentalist-Bass
Lisa Mann

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite

Instrumentalist-Horn
Deanna Bogart

Koko Taylor Award
Ruthie Foster

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back - Johnny Winter

Soul Blues Album
Memphis Grease - John Németh

Soul Blues Female Artist
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush

Traditional Blues Album
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) - Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lurrie Bell