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24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees

Blues Album of the Year

  • Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me
  • W.C. Clark - From Austin With Soul
  • Big Jack Johnson - Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions
  • Shemekia Copeland - Talking To Strangers
  • Charlie Musselwhite - One Night In America

Blues Entertainer of the Year

Blues Band of the Year

Contemporary Male Artist
of the Year

Contemporary Female Artist
of the Year

Best New Artist Debut

  • Richard Johnston - Foot Hill Stomp
  • Ana Popovic - Hush
  • Nick Moss & The Fliptops - Got A New Plan
  • Robert Randolph - Live At The Wetlands
  • Precious Bryant - Fool Me Good

Soul Male Artist of the Year

  • Solomon Burke
  • W.C. Clark
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Little Milton
  • Mighty Sam McClain

Soul Female Artist of the Year

  • E.C. Scott
  • Etta James
  • Irma Thomas
  • Toni Lynn Washington
  • Denise Lasalle

Traditional Male Artist of the Year

  • Snooky Pryor
  • James Cotton
  • Magic Slim
  • R.L. Burnside
  • Big Jack Johnson

Traditional Female Artist of the Year

  • Alberta Adams
  • Ann Rabson
  • Big Time Sarah
  • Koko Taylor
  • Shirley Johnson

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year

  • Otis Taylor
  • Corey Harris
  • John Hammond
  • Alvin "Youngblood" Hart
  • Cephas & Wiggins

Blues Instrumentalist Guitar

Blues Instrumentalist Keyboards

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

Blues Instrumentalist Harmonica

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

Blues Instrumentalist Bass

  • Bill Stuve
  • Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
  • Johnny B. Gayden
  • Bob Stroger
  • Willie Kent

Blues Instrumentalist Drums

  • Jimi Bott
  • Chris Layton
  • Sam Carr
  • Sam Lay
  • Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues Instrumentalist Other

  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Fiddle)
  • Robert Randolph (Pedal Steel)
  • Othar Turner (Fife)
  • Howard Armstrong (Mandolin)
  • Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel)

Blues Instrumentalist Horns

  • Eddie Shaw
  • Kaz Kazanoff
  • The Memphis Horns
  • Roomful Of Blues
  • A.C. Reed

Soul Blues Album of the Year

  • Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me
  • W.C. Clark - From Austin With Soul
  • Little Milton - Guitar Man
  • Etta James - Burnin' Down The House
  • Syl & Jimmy Johnson - Two Johnsons Are Better Than One

Traditional Blues Album of the Year

  • Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Blue Magic
  • James Cotton - 35th Anniversary Jam
  • Snooky Pryor - Snooky Pryor & The MS Wrecking Crew
  • Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials - Heads Up
  • Jody Williams - Return Of A Legend
  • Willie King & The Liberators - Living In A New World

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

  • Shemekia Copeland - Talking To Strangers
  • Otis Taylor - Respect The Dead
  • John Mooney - All I Want
  • Charlie Musselwhite - One Night In America
  • Joe Louis Walker - In The Morning

Historical Blues Album of the Year

  • Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
  • Alan Lomax Collection - Land Where The Blues Began
  • Magic Sam - Rockin' Wild In Chicago
  • Mighty Joe Young - Mighty Joe Young
  • The Holmes Brothers - Righteous!

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year

  • Big Jack Johnson - Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions
  • Cephas & Wiggins - Somebody Told The Truth
  • Precious Bryant - Fool Me Good
  • Alvin "Youngblood" Hart - Down In The Alley
  • Guy Davis - Give In Kind

Comeback Blues Album of the Year

  • Carla Thomas - Live In Memphis
  • Erwin Helfer - I'm Not Hungry But I Like To Eat - Blues
  • Jimmy Cavallo - The Houserocker
  • Jody Williams - Return Of A Legend

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

  • "Downhome Sophisticate" C. Harris, M. Henry (Corey Harris - Downhome Sophisticate)
  • "Somebody Let The Devil Out" T. Horowitz (Popa Chubby - The Good, The Bad, The Chubby)
  • "Stepchild" B. Dylan (Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me)
  • "Let It Rain" W.C. Clarke (W.C. Clarke - From Austin With Soul)
  • "Terrorized" W. King (Willie King - Living In A New World)

2002 Handy Awards | Best Blues Albums 2003 | Worldwide Blues

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