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23th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees & Winners

Blues Album of the Year

  • John Hammond - Wicked Grin
  • Kid Ramos - Greasy Kid Stuff
  • Kim Wilson - Smokin' Joint
  • Marcia Ball - Presumed Innocent
  • Otis Taylor - White African

Blues Entertainer of the Year

  • B.B. King
  • Bobby Rush
  • Ike Turner
  • Marcia Ball
  • Rod Piazza
  • Shemekia Copeland

Blues Band of the Year

  • Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets w/Sam Myers
  • The Holmes Brothers
  • Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets w/Sam Myers
  • Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
  • Magic Slim & The Teardrops
  • Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

Contemporary Male Artist
of the Year

  • Buddy Guy
  • Chris Thomas King
  • Kid Ramos
  • Kim Wilson
  • Larry Garner / Rod Piazza

Contemporary Female Artist
of the Year

Best New Artist Debut

  • The Crudup Brothers - Franktown Blues
  • Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite - Louisiana Country Boy
  • Otis Taylor - White African
  • Paul Reddick & The Sidemen - Rattlebag
  • Rico McFarland - Tired Of Being Alone

Soul Male Artist of the Year

  • Bobby Rush
  • Ike Turner
  • Little Milton
  • Mighty Sam McClain
  • Otis Clay

Soul Female Artist of the Year

  • E.C. Scott
  • Etta James
  • Francine Reed
  • Irma Thomas
  • Toni Lynn Washington

Traditional Male Artist of the Year

  • Henry Gray
  • James Cotton
  • Magic Slim
  • R.L. Burnside
  • Robert Lockwood Jr.

Traditional Female Artist of the Year

  • Alberta Adams
  • Ann Rabson
  • Big Time Sarah
  • Koko Taylor
  • Odetta

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year

  • Corey Harris
  • Eric Bibb
  • Honeyboy Edwards
  • John Hammond
  • Keb Mo
  • Louisiana Red

Blues Instrumentalist Guitar

Blues Instrumentalist Keyboards

  • Dr. John
  • Henry Butler
  • Henry Gray
  • Honey Piazza
  • Marcia Ball
  • Pinetop Perkins

Blues Instrumentalist Harmonica

  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • James Cotton
  • Kim Wilson
  • Rod Piazza
  • Snooky Pryor

Blues Instrumentalist Bass

  • Bill Stuve
  • Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
  • Johnny B. Gayden
  • Larry Taylor
  • Willie Kent

Blues Instrumentalist Drums

  • George Rains
  • Jimi Bott
  • Sam Carr
  • Sam Lay
  • Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues Instrumentalist Other

  • Boozoo Chavis (Accordion)
  • Buckwheat Zydeco (Accordion)
  • C.J. Chenier (Accordion)
  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Fiddle)
  • Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel)

Blues Instrumentalist Horns

  • Eddie Shaw
  • Kaz Kazanoff
  • The Memphis Horns
  • Roomful Of Blues
  • Sax Gordon Beadle

Soul Blues Album of the Year

  • Curtis Salgado - Soul Activated
  • Ike Turner - Here And Now
  • Little Milton - Feel It
  • Mighty Sam McClain - Sweet Dreams
  • Terry Evans - Mississippi Magic

Traditional Blues Album of the Year

  • Billy Boy Arnold - Boogie N Shuffle
  • Henry Gray - Plays Chicago Blues
  • Kid Ramos - Greasy Kid Stuff
  • Odetta - Looking For A Home
  • R.L. Burnside - Burnside On Burnside

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

  • Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea
  • The Holmes Brothers - Speaking In Tongues
  • Jimmie Vaughan - Do You Get The Blues?
  • Kim Wilson - Smokin' Joint
  • Marcia Ball - Presumed Innocence

Historical Blues Album of the Year

  • Charlie Patton - Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues: The Herald Session
  • Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin' An The Blues
  • Magic Sam - The Essential Magis Sam: The Cobra & Chief Recordings
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell - I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll
  • Muddy Waters - Fathers And Sons

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year

  • Chris Thomas King - The Legend Of Tommy Johnson
  • Honeyboy Edwards - Mississippi Delta Blues Man
  • John Hammond - Wicked Grin
  • Maria Muldaur - Richland Woman Blues
  • Otis Taylor - White African

Comeback Blues Album of the Year

  • Dick Heckstall Smith - Blues And Beyond
  • Henry Gray - Plays Chicago Blues
  • Ike Turner - Here And Now
  • James Montgomery Blues Band - Bring It On Home

Blues Song of the Year - Writer-Song (Artist/Album)

  • "Charlie's Old Highway 51 Blues" Charlie Musselwhite (Kid Ramos - Greasy Kid Stuff)
  • "Gratitude Is Riches (And Complaint Is Poverty)" James Harmon (Kid Ramos - Greasy Kid Stuff)
  • "Kokomo" Eric Bibb (Eric Bibb - Painting Signs)
  • "My Soul's In Louisiana" Otis Taylor (Otis Taylor - White African)
  • "S.U.V." Mem Shannon (Mem Shannon - Memphis In The Morning)

2003 Handy Awards Nominees | Best Blues Albums 2003 | Worldwide Blues

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