2007 Blues Music Awards
May 10, 2007
Cook Convention Center, downtown Memphis
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Music's highest honors for blues recognizes genre's full spectrum of artists
In a year that has already witnessed the passing of past Blues Music Awards recipients Ruth Brown, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Sam Myers and Snooky Pryor, the nominee list for The Blues Foundation’s 2007 Blues Music Awards offers a mix of the genre’s pillars and prospects, and just about everything in between.
The 2007 Blues Music Awards ballot features timeless nominees like harpist Charlie Musselwhite, who garnered five nominations on the strength of his Delta Hardware release; drum legends and perennial fan favorites, Sam Carr, Sam Lay and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith; and "old school" names Big George Brock and Guitar Shorty, who have experienced a rejuvenation in recent years.
The most amazing story of 2007 is the six nominations racked up by Watermelon Slim as an individual and with his band the Workers. It is almost impossible to amass more than six nominations in a single year, but their NorthernBlues Records’ self-titled release struck a chord with the nominators as this former truck driver with a Masters degree in history, and his band, picked up song, album, band and entertainer nods, among the 25 album, artist and instrumentalist categories.
Link to article with full list of nominees on Blues Foundaton's news page:
Link to info on Blues Music Awards:
About the Blues Music Awards:
The 2007 show will follow the format of the sold-out and critically acclaimed shows of recent years which featured appearances and performances by more than 40 nominees in a dinner table setting in the Convention Center's new ballroom. Attendees are treated to a sit down dinner seated with the nominees and will enjoy unique artist performances and pairings only seen at the Blues Music Awards.
The event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Each year, the Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. As always, a pre-party will immediately precede the Awards and feature the 2007 International Blues Challenge winners.
The 2006 Blues Music Awards will be aired on Viacom's BET J Network. Show dates are: April 10 at 4pm; April 24 at 4pm and May 8 at 4pm. Last year's show was filmed by Jazz Alley TV. Jazz Alley TV is seen in over 80 countries and is the longest running Blues and Jazz series on television.
The Blues Foundation
49 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-2492
Jay Sieleman, Executive Director
If you have BET you can watch last years show on cable. unfortunatly here in the hinterlands we dont have BET:-(