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Buddy Guy Leads List of 2011 Blues Music Awards Nominees

Posted in News on December 16, 2010
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BMI blues-slingers accounted for 91 percent of the 2011 Blues Music Awards nominations, announced yesterday. 2010 Blues Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Buddy Guy proves there’s more where that came from, leading the list of nominees with five nods including B.B. King Entertainer and Album of the Year for Living Proof.

2010 B.B. King Entertainer winner Janiva Magness will vie for that crown again, as well as three other awards including Album and Contemporary Blues Album for The Devil is an Angel Too, as well as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. The Mannish Boys also earned an Album of the Year nomination, along with two other nods. Joe Louis Walker garnered three nominations as well, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Super Chikan rounds out the strong list of strong contenders for the B.B. King Entertainer trophy.

Song of the Year nominees include Buddy Guy’s self-penned album title track “Living Proof”; “Please Mr. President,” co-written by Bruce Iglauer for Guitar Shorty’s Bare Knuckle; Karen Lovely’s “Still the Rain,” written by Dennis Walker; and “Rained All Night,” written by Steve Gomes for Tad Robinson’s Back in Style release.

Derek Trucks, Nick Moss, and Paul Oscher all claimed three nods each.

The Blues Music Awards are produced by the Blues Foundation. The Memphis-based non-profit organization, which is dedicated to the past, present and future of blues music, also recently announced the selection of its first-ever permanent home. The Blues Foundation will move into its new headquarters in downtown Memphis March 2011.

The 32nd Blues Music Awards ceremony is slated for May 5 and will be broadcast live on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville. For more information about the 2011 Blues Music Awards and the Blues Foundation, visit blues.org.

2011 Blues Music Awards
Presenting Sponsor: The Gibson Foundation
BMI NOMINEES

Acoustic Album
Booker’s Guitar
Eric Bibb (STIM)

You Can Always Turn Around
Lucky Peterson

Bet on the Blues
Paul Oscher

Home Sweet Home
South Memphis String Band

Last Train to Bluesville
The Nighthawks

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Paul Oscher

Album
Living Proof
Buddy Guy

The Devil is an Angel Too
Janiva Magness

Shake for Me
The Mannish Boys

The Well
Charlie Musselwhite

B.B. King Entertainer
Buddy Guy
Janiva Magness
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Super Chikan

Band
Derek Trucks Band
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Nick Moss Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
The Holmes Brothers
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
Mr. Used to Be
Chris O’Leary Band

On the Floor
Matt Hill

Reclamation
The Vincent Hayes Project

Contemporary Blues Album
Living Proof
Buddy Guy

The Devil is an Angel Too
Janiva Magness

Name the Day!
John Nemeth

Still the Rain
Karen Lovely

Have Blues Will Travel
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Karen Lovely
Robin Rogers
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Kenny Neal
Nick Moss

DVD
Black Hen / Transgrease
The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert
Various Artists

Delmark
Live at Rooster’s Place
Tail Dragger

NorthernBlues Music
Live at Ground Zero Blues Club
Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Ruf
Songs from the Road
Luther Allison (SACEM)

Historical
Black Derby
Chicago Blues Buddies
Little Smokey Smothers

Delmark
Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story
Various Artists

Delmark
Live in Boston 1966
Junior Wells & the Aces

Delta Groove
Harmonica Blues
Bob Corritore & Friends

Ruf
Songs from the Road
Luther Allison (SACEM)

Instrumentalist-Bass
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Steve Gomes

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Derek Trucks
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Bob Corritore
Kim Wilson
Charlie Musselwhite
Paul Oscher

Instrumentalist-Horn
Big James Montgomery
Doug James
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan
Terry Hanck

Instrumentalist-Other
Gerry Hundt (mandolin)
Johnny Sansone (accordion)
Otis Taylor (banjo)
Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
David Maxwell
Dr. John
Henry Butler
Mitch Woods

Rock Blues Album
Roadsongs
Derek Trucks

Live In Chicago
Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Privileged
Nick Moss

Song
“Living Proof”
Co-written by Buddy Guy
Living Proof by Buddy Guy

“Sad and Beautiful World”
Written by Charlie Musselwhite
The Well by Charlie Musselwhite

“Please Mr. President”
Co-written by Bruce Iglauer
Bare Knuckle by Guitar Shorty

“Still the Rain”
Written by Dennis Walker
Still the Rain by Karen Lovely

“Rained All Night”
Written by Steve Gomes
Back in Style by Tad Robinson

Soul Blues Album
Stomp the Floor
Arthur Adams

24 Hour Woman
Denise LaSalle

Live In San Antonio
Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges

Nothing’s Impossible
Solomon Burke

Back in Style
Tad Robinson

Feed My Soul
The Holmes Brothers

Soul Blues Female Artist
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
Solomon Burke
Tad Robinson

Traditional Blues Album
The Well Charlie Musselwhite

Passport to the Blues
Duke Robillard

Joined at the Hip
Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Shake for Me
The Mannish Boys

Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female
Reba Russell
Ruthie Foster
Teeny Tucker
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Alabama Mike
Charlie Musselwhite
Magic Slim
Super Chikan