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22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards

The 22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards will be presented on May 24 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tenn., by the Blues Foundation.

The nominees for the 2001 Handy Awards are:

Blues Entertainer of the Year: B. B. King; Bobby Rush; Little Milton; Rod Piazza; Shemekia Copeland; Taj Mahal

Blues Band of the Year: Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets w/ Sam Myers; B. B. King Band; Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents; Magic Slim & The Teardrops; Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers; Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band

Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of the Year: Carl Weathersby; Eddy Clearwater; James Armstrong; Larry Garner; Roy Gaines

Contemporary Blues- Female Artist of the Year: Debbie Davies; Deborah Coleman; Marcia Ball; Shemekia Copeland; Susan Tedeschi

Soul/Blues-Male Artist of the Year: Bobby Bland; Bobby Rush; Johnnie Taylor; Little Milton; Mighty Sam McClain

Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year: E.C. Scott; Etta James; Irma Thomas; Toni Lynn Washington; Trudy Lynn

Traditional Blues-Male Artist of the Year: Big Jack Johnson; James Cotton; Magic Slim; R.L. Burnside; Robert Lockwood, Jr.; Snooky Pryor

Traditional Blues-Female Artist of the Year: Alberta Adams; Ann Rabson; Carol Fran; Koko Taylor; Ruth Brown

Best New Artist Debut: Beverly Watkins - Back in Business; Calvin Jackson - Goin' Down South; North Mississippi Allstars - Shake Hands With Shorty; Sean Costello - Cuttin' In; Willie King - Freedom Creek

Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar: Carl Weathersby; Duke Robillard; Kid Ramos; Ronnie Earl; Roy Gaines

Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Carey Bell; Charlie Musselwhite; James Cotton; Rod Piazza; Snooky Pryor

Blues Instrumentalists-Keyboards: Dave Maxwell; Henry Butler; Honey Piazza; Marcia Ball; Pinetop Perkins

Blues Instrumentalists-Bass: Bill Stuve; Calvin "Fuzz" Jones; Michael "Mudcat" Ward; Nick Holt; Willie Kent

Blues Instrumentalists-Drums: Chris Layton - Double Trouble; R.J. Spangler - The Blues Insurgents; Sam Carr; Sam Lay; Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues Instrumentalists-Horns: Eddie Shaw; Kaz Kazanoff; Memphis Horns; Roomful Of Blues Horns; Sax Gordon Beadle

Blues Instrumentalists-Other: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Fiddle; Claude "Fiddler" Williams - Fiddle; Freddie Roulette - Lap Steel Guitar; Otha Turner - Fife; Sonny Rhodes - Lap Steel Guitar

Comeback Blues Album: Charles Walker - Leavin' This Old Town; Don Covay - Adlib Little Arthur Duncan - Singin' with the Sun; Mel Brown - Neck Bones & Caviar; Rosco Gordon - Memphis, Tennessee

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year: Corey Harris/Henry Butler - VuDu Menz; Eric Bibb - Home to Me; Guy Davis - Butt Naked Free; Jerry Ricks - Many Miles Of Blues; Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Delta Crossroads

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year: B.B. King/Eric Clapton - Riding with the King; Eddy Clearwater - Reservation Blues; Kid Ramos - West Coast House Party; R.L. Burnside - Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down; Shemekia Copeland - Wicked

Soul/Blues Album of the Year: Bobby Rush - Hoochie Man; Darrell Nulisch - I Like It That Way; E. C. Scott - Masterpiece; Irma Thomas - My Heart's In Memphis; Mighty Sam McClain - Blues For the Soul

Traditional Blues Album Of the Year: Big Jack Johnson - Roots Stew; Magic Slim - Snakebite; Snooky Pryor/Mel Brown - Double Shot; Son Seals - Letting Go; Willie Cobbs - Jukin'

Blues Album Of The Year:; Big Jack Johnson - Roots Stew; Corey Harris/Henry Butler - Vu Du Menz; Eddy Clearwater - Reservation Blues; Shemekia Copeland - Wicked; Son Seals - Lettin Go

Historical Album Of The Year: James Harman - Mo' Na'kins, Please; William Clarke - Tip Of The Top; Otis Spann - Last Call; Various Artists - And This Is Maxwell Street; Robert Nighthawk - Live On Maxwell Street 1964

Blues Song of the Year: G. Davis - Waiting on the Cards to Fall, Guy Davis, Butt Naked Free; J. Johnson - So Long Frank Frost, Big Jack Johnson, Roots Stew; K. Leipziger, R. Fleming - Winds of Change, Eddy Clearwater, Reservation Blues; R. Lily/J. Armstrong/M. Heaney - Pennies and Picks, James Armstrong, Got It Goin' On; R. Vito - It's 2AM", Shemekia Copeland, Wicked

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