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Janiva Magness, Eden Brent, Buddy Guy, Lil’ Ed, Nick Moss Lead 2009 Blues Music Award Nominees

The 30th annual Blues Music Awards will be handed out in Memphis on May 7 and the nominations have been announced. Singer Janiva Magness and newcomer Eden Brent received a year's best four nominations while several other artists received three.

Buddy Guy's Skin Deep and Magness' What Love Will Do are among the nominees for Album of the Year along with efforts from veteran Elvin Bishop, Curtis Salgado, and The Mannish Boys, who also received three nominations this year. While the legendary B.B. King, who actually has an award named after him, was nominated for two awards, his album was mysteriously not among the Album of the Year nominations.

Among the list of nominees are a lot of familiar names, including Watermelon Slim, Nick Moss, and Gerry Hundt. Moss is an 11-time nominee who has yet to bring home a statue from the BMAs, but in November picked up an award for Song of the Year from the Blues Blast Awards for his song “Mistakes From the Past” from his Play It 'Til Tomorrow album. Newcomer Eden Brent's Mississippi Number One was nominated in the Acoustic category as well as for best debut album. Joining Brent in the debut category are wonder kids Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Chris James and Patrick Ryan's collaboration. Lil' Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials were also nominated three times, including a nod for Entertainer of the Year.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Album of the Year

The Mannish Boys - Lowdown Feelin'

Curtis Salgado – Clean Getaway

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

Janiva Magness – What Love Will Do

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On

 

Acoustic Album of the Year

Eden Brent – Mississippi Number One

Rory Block – Blues Walkin' Like a Man

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines – A Night in Woodstock

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Visions

Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill & Rich Del Grosso – Live from Bluesville

 

Acoustic Artist of the Year

Doug MacLeod

Rory Block

Otis Taylor

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

Eden Brent

 

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Janiva Magness

Watermelon Slim

Bobby Rush

Lil' Ed

Magic Slim

 

Band of the Year

Magic Slim & the Teardrops

Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

The Mannish Boys

Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

 

Best New Artist Debut

Chris James and Patrick Rynn – Stop and Think About It

Delta Highway – The Devil Had a Woman

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm – 2 Man Wrecking Crew

The Homemade Jamz Blues Band – Pay Me No Mind

Eden Brent – Mississippi Number One

 

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On

Watermelon Slim & the Workers – No Paid Holidays

Janiva Magness – What Love Will Do

Sean Costello – We Can Get Together

Buddy Guy – Skin Deep

 

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

Gaye Adegbalola

Marcia Ball

Robin Rogers

Bettye LaVette

Janiva Magness

 

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year

Michael Burks

Elvin Bishop

Sean Costello

Watermelon Slim

Buddy Guy

 

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  • http://somethingelsemusic.blogspot.com/ Pico

    While the legendary B.B. King, who actually has an award named after him, was nominated for two awards, his album was mysteriously not among the Album of the Year nominations.

    Agreed. The fact that it’s only nominated as traditional blues record of the year indicates that the powers that be sees One Kind Favor as some museum piece. That’s b.s. It’s the living blues, man.

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    I haven’t finished my Best of 2008 yet but One Kind Favor is going to be on it. It’s one of the best albums I heard all year, independent of genre. This is a real mistake.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    it makes you wonder about the selection process, doesn’t it? man, it’s a fine, fine record.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Don’t forget to alert Bicho about this travesty…

    -Glen

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    I don’t know if I’d go as far as travesty but I was pretty disappointed at the omission.